Hey blog readers! Hope everyone is enjoying this great springtime weather and you are all out there crushing wherever you live! My good bud Scott and I recently made a trip out to the Auburn rock quarry located in the Auburn State Recreation Area (ASRA). Auburn is located about 45 min north of Sacramento so its been a local spot that's been on my list for some time to check out.
The ASRA is the remains of an old limestone quarry. Being an active rock quarry for many years, this process created tons of rock features which makes the ASRA an excellent location for technical rock climbing at all levels. The rock is primarily limestone mixed with other sedimentary rock and dirt. You can read more about the ASRA and get specific information regarding routes, directions, etc.. here.
I really enjoyed climbing at the ASRA. Before you head out make sure you bring plenty of water because it gets hot in Auburn. It was pushing 100 degrees while we were out there and this was in May. Another thing to note is that because there is limestone mixed with dirt there is a fair amount of rock fall. So, bring a helmet and make sure you test out holds before you place your full trust on them. I saw holds that were the size of bowling balls that looked great on appearance but just giving them a slight pull showed that they were ready to fall at anytime and could not be trusted. My final bit of advice is to pack light. Its about a mile and a half hike from the parking lot to the quarry. I know this doesn't sound like much but with a full pack, 100 degree weather, and somewhat steep switchbacks you can get exhausted pretty quickly. I saw people riding in on mountain bikes which seems like a great idea if you have em.
Scott and I will definitely be back to the quarry soon. If you happen to see us out there make sure you stop and say hello. Check out more pics below and as always, thanks for reading!