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Andrew Burr


Parking concerns are one of the leading causes of access issues.

Many climbing areas are located in tight canyons or accessible only from the side of the road, where parking is limited and can be dangerous. Climbing areas that are accessible through residential areas often share parking with other users in the neighborhood. Do your homework to learn where it is ok to park. If the parking area is full, climb somewhere else instead of parking illegally.

Essential Skills

  • Plan ahead. Look on Mountain Project or in the local guidebook to learn where it's ok to park.
  • Park so that as many other cars as possible can fit in the lot.
  • Do not park with any part of your vehicle in the road or blocking any residential use.
  • If the lot or parking is full, consider climbing somewhere else.

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