Clear Lake (Black Forest)
Northern California Bouldering, USA
Approach time: 1-10 minutes
Season: All Year
Number of problems: 40
Type of rock: Volcanic
Volcanic boulders located on the foot of Mount Konocti next to Clear Lake. These small areas may not be worth a road trip but are fun if you are in the area or passing thru. The main area is called the Black Forest and, as of a 2007 land trust that preserves the north-east slope of Mount Konocti, they are now open space. Old growth Douglas Firs, wildlife habitat and a natural outdoor playground of about a dozen small mushroom shaped boulders with technical, powerful problems fairly close together with mostly flat, fir needle covered landings. The rock here is volcanic welded tuff with cool little pockets, edges, slopers and a few jugs. A few more boulders are nearby along with camping, boating, fishing, swimming, chilling, and sightseeing at Clear Lake State Park. About 5 boulder problems are found alongside the parks entrance and about 5 more are found in campsite 110. Donít park in Campsite 110 unless you pay for camping in it. You have to park at the bottom of the hill in the main parking lot and hike up to it - and obviously don't boulder at the site if it is occupied.
Notable Bouldering Problems
Black Forest Arete V1***, Black Magic Traverse V2***, The OG Problem V3*** or V4 sit, Black Hole V3-V5***, Blackalicious V4*** stand or V6 sit and Shamrock V1*** and 110 Arete V2***
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