Corona Del Mar
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Bouldering on the beach. Sun, sand, surf, cliffs...
Relevant Guidebooks & Maps
Climber's Guide to Southern California, Southern California Bouldering Guide, Hunk Guide to Orange County
Take I-10 West to 57 South. When 57 ends at I-5 go South on I-5. After 4 miles take 55 West to 73 West/South. At the intersection of 73 (MacArthur) and PCH, turn left (South). After a short distance, turn right on Marguerite Ave. At the intersection with Ocean turn right. Then entrance to Corona Del Mar State Beach is after two blocks on the left.
The sandstone cove offers fine bouldering, although it can be a bit greasy. Good for beginners to advanced climbers who want to do a bit of climbing and relax on the beach. Bring a small piece of carpet to wipe sand off shoes. The beach can be quite crowded and trashy. A mellow trip when people don't want all-day-hardcore climbing; a good 1/2 or 3/4 day trip.
It is very important that people bouldering do not climb too high to safely jump off. Beginners are especially prone to climbing too high. Higher up the rock quality is poor, and holds can pull off. Climbing access at the beach is also a sensitive issue, so make sure not to "get in the way" of beach-goers' relaxation.
Edited by (in order): OTL Staff
Last updated: 05/22/2009