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Our friend Dr. D. on a fresh crisp day out at Mount Woodson.Mount Woodson is one of the most popular rock climbing area in San Diego.With great character, Woodson features thousands of beautiful granite boulders sprinkled over the hillside of the mountain near Ramona.It is a special rock climbing area with many boulders too high for just a crash pad and many too short to call them legit lead climbs.That is why climbers often end up top-roping the taller climbs. However, bouldering at Mount Woodson is also incredible with many options and a variety of climbing styles from challenging slab to splitter crack or contrived face movements.Many of the boulders are equipped with bolts for toprope anchors. Since the boulders are relatively short it is enough to bring a short rope of 35 meters. This will keep your pack lightweight and ready for most climbs.The faster option to enjoy climbing at Mt. Woodson is to take the trail (utility road) from Highway 67. Next to the ditch, there starts a trail that leads to a paved road that continues to the top of the mountain.The road is not for public car traffic and only reserved for vehicles serving the cell phone and radio towers that are installed on the mountain top.The first rock climbing is as close as 10 minutes from the car. There are fantastic warm up boulders right and left off the paved road. Further up-left there is more to discover such as classic hardlines named “I hear my train a comin, 5.11+”. And also less challenging climbs are available with beautiful 5.8 cracks and faces.Mount Woodson is not an easy-to-navigate area especially when leaving the road to start looking for classics that are published in guidebooks. Many climbers have struggled, bushwacked and finally not found the climb they were looking for.For first time visitors it is the easiest to stick near the road and keep walking up towards the top.Along the way there are plenty of rock climbing opportunities with more than one day of exploring. Mount Woodson is a popular climbing destination for San Diego and even Southern California..#chillinorockclimbing #sandiegorockclimbing #rockclimbing #climbing #sandiego #guide #guiding