Auburn Quarry — the first place I led outdoors back in August of 2014. It was hot, small, and I didn’t climb much. The rock isn’t exceptional and it’s a fairly small area. But don’t let that stop you! I had a blast, and I think you would too.
At only 2.5 hours, it’s a quick jaunt from the Bay and the location (near Sacramento) makes this a viable spot year-round. Winters can get pretty wet depending on the year, but summers can be a scorcher. A dry winter (like this one, yikes!) gives way to some nice 80 degree heat in late March. It can get fairly crowded for how small it is, so a Friday or Sunday is your best bet for uninhibited climbing.