Rock Climb the Cosumnes River Gorge

Bucks Bar Road, Placerville, California, United States

  • Activities:

    Swimming, Hiking, Rock Climbing

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

River

Good climbing. River views. Short approach. Multipitch trad. Great place to make friends!

Consumes River Gorge is a good climbing spot that is relativity close to Sacramento, California. it is located just outside of Placerville, California, making it a must-stop climbing spot for any Sacramento or Eldorado county local. The climbing spot boasts granite climbing areas with over a hundred different routes.

Park your car along Bucks Bar Road and hike down the trail that starts at the guard rail. You will wind down a hill, passing large oak trees and grass fields until you see a large granite clearing to the left. This is Bucks Bar Dome, the main climbing area at the Gorge. You can set up a toprope here and just rappel down, or continue down the path to the bottom. From here you can see the Consumes River; enjoy a dip after climbing on hot days!

Across the river is Gutenberger Wall, which holds some really fun multipitch trad routes. The wall gets little activity because most people stay on the other side of the river and top rope. The Gorge sits at 1,500 feet and gets really hot in the summer. Climb in the morning or afternoon to avoid the heat. It can also get crowded so be ready to make some new climbing friends!

Pack List

  • Climbing gear
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Friendly attitude
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Routes for beginning and advanced climbers and beautiful sights!

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