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Beaver Street Wall Rock Climbing 

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Located in the city of San Francisco, this area is part of the San Francisco Parks system, so access is not a concern. You're in San Francisco, so the weather can be wonderful, but is most likely going to be foggy and windy.

This small area holds some interesting climbing on very glasslike rock, that can be quite tough on the hands, and in places almost impossible to smear. On the harder routes, if you can find it a grip, finger hold, nub, anything, you'll probably need it. This crag contains some great balancy moves, despite it's limited number of climbs.

The area holds several climbs that are topropeable, and also several could potentially be climbed trad, though it would be a frightening lead on the tougher routes.

To setup a toprope, walk around the left side of the rock and climb the loose rock in the trees for 20 feet or so. This will lead you to fence and a path, which will lead up to some rusty (but solid) chains that are directly above the main crack. Conceivably you could also top rope other sections using the fence for an anchor.

If you're not comfortable with the 20 ft scramble and traverse over potentially slick grass and mud, the chains can be reached via a staircase and walk that ascend toward the Randall Museum about 5 or 6 houses south from Beaver Street. Just bear right as the Museum comes into view above the tennis courts.

Decent should be to clean the anchors and rap off, or descend off the entry way as described above.

Getting There 

Take the 101 North, and exit on the Duboce Ave / Mission St exit.

Turn left on Duboce Ave and travel west until you reach Market.

Turn left on Market and drive for about 3/4 mile.

Turn right on Castro.

After 3 blocks, take a left on Beaver street.

You're looking for Corona Heights Park.

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Classic Climbing Routes in Beaver Street Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Beaver Street Wall:
Crack Direct   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
The Crack   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Right of Direct Start   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Crack Direct 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CA : San Francisco Bay Area : Beaver Street Wall
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Rock Climbing Photo: My buddy Julia, crushing it.
My buddy Julia, crushing it.
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Almost at the top.
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By Noah Gauss
Jul 22, 2002
I was just back in the city visiting some friends for a couple of days and stopped by Beaver St. to do a little top roping. I had put the chains up above the main crack system about seven or eight years ago and was curious to see how they were holding up. I wish I had a little extra time to do some minor maintainance, but I was only going to be in town until the next morning. The chains themselves still look bomber, but the last links are definately getting pretty worn from repeated top roping. If any one would want to throw couple of beefy quick links one link up from the end of the chains, it would ease my mind. I was surprised to see this wall given attention in a recent guide, and now here. It is pretty tiny, but a cool little secret spot in the middle of town. If this recognition leads to a little more trafic, it would be awesome to know that the chains got tuned up a little. Thanks.
By Anonymous Coward
Nov 20, 2002
I used to climb the Bev daily back in 1992-93 and loved the place! Since I've moved far from the Bay area I have never found a better easier to get to place to have a bit of fun. If you're in SF and using a gym instad of this place you're nuts.
By Victor K
From: Denver, CO
Jul 15, 2003
If you're not comfortable with the 20 ft scramble and traverse over potentially slick grass and mud, the chains can be reached via a staircase and walk that ascend toward the Randall Museum about 5 or 6 houses south from Beaver Street. Just bear right as the Museum comes into view above the tennis courts.
By Karl Royer
Jul 16, 2003
This rock is worth the trip to climb, if only to see the rock. The polished parts, look very similar to the surface of a redwood coffee table, very beautiful and slick. Agree with the ratings both direct and face.
By Anonymous Coward
Jun 22, 2004
We had trouble finding the wall with the directions listed. Try these: 101 North, and exit on the Duboce Ave / Mission St exit. Go straight on Duboce Ave where it starts as the freeway ends. Go up a few blocks, and take a soft left onto Market st. Take a right on to Noe St. Follow it up hill and take a slight jog right and continue up hill. Follow the street as it curves right and levels out. Park. The enterance to wall is on the left hand, or uphill, side of the street through a narrow alley which opens onto a couple sets of swings and a playground.

Also, anyone who wants to lead these climbs needs to bring 3-4 micro-nuts and a variety of medium sized nuts. I used Trango #1 brass nuts. I found no good cam placements on the routes. You could maybe use some micro-cams or micro-TCU's. Have fun, it's a cool wall
By Savioso
Nov 2, 2004
The place still surprises me, you can go from being there a few days a week and getting it dialed, to coming back after a while and it will feel hard. I lead it not to long ago, it was proud because of the pro, and the fact that they will pop. I felt super safe when you reach the bolt(no hanger)to the right of the climb and you can use a stopper to protect it.
By Paul Rezucha
From: Alameda
Aug 9, 2009
I finally took the time to check out this little climbing wall just to see what it looks like. The AC directions are a little misleading as AC forgot to mention the left turn onto Beaver Street. After you turn right onto Noe Street from Market Street you take your first left turn on Beaver Street. Follow Beaver Street for a full block and cross Castro Street (I saw a sign that said Divisadero Street which is what Castro Street turns into a few blocks to the north). Continue up the steep Beaver Street for a short block. Beaver Street makes a sharp right hand turn at the top of the hill and then levels out. Park anywhere here. The little alleyway is on the left-hand side. You will see the wall's profile on the left. If you look at the map on MP, it is right on! Exactly where the alleyway is.
By Kyle Wills
From: San Diego CA
Oct 9, 2010
Definitely a neat little spot. Took some neophyte climbers who found the crack direct route challenging but fun. It is worth seeing the crazy geology at work, but definitely be aware of the loose gravel sized bits that will perpetually rain down if there is anyone topping out or setting the anchor.
By Kyle Wills
From: San Diego CA
Oct 9, 2010
Also, as I am sure goes for any Bay Area spot, bring a couple of layers, the crack sees no sunlight in the afternoon.
By nono
Nov 28, 2010
What kind of rock is this?
By Brian Snider
From: NorCal
Apr 29, 2011
It's chert, and it seems that a large flake halfway up the 5.6 finish has broken off. Its a bit more difficult, not sure if its a full grade though. The piece was about the size of a laptop and made for a nice right foot hold.
Rock Climbing Photo: piece missing where wall is dirty
piece missing where wall is dirty
By Nate Syndicate
Sep 18, 2012
Does anyone know what the projects / test pieces to the far right of the main routes are? There are some OLD and new bolts.
By Tarnelope
Nov 4, 2012
It's a bit of an adventure finding Beaver Street Wall. After exiting the 101, wandering around the Castro, going up a random hill into a quiet residential area, exiting our car, and walking up a tiny trail slightly hidden between two houses, my friends and I found ourselves at the little outdoor park where Beaver Street Wall lies. The wall's glassy surface provided the most challenge of the day, camouflaging many solid footholds. There's a playground (with a killer spinning merry-go-round thing) that provides plenty of distraction for those who are waiting to get on the ropes. We hardly got any sun all day so I agree with the poster above about bringing layers. Overall, Beaver Street Wall a great place to climb and chill out while in the city.
By Logan Swartz
From: Davis, CA
Apr 9, 2013
This is the slickest wall you will probably ever climb. It is like polished table top marble, literally. It is a fault which sheared up which is what polished it. There was supposedly another one across the way but it was destroyed to make houses.

Cool and unique spot being right in the middle of San Francisco.
By David Tsai
Oct 7, 2013
Just dropped by with some friends today to go climb this - really cool location. I wish I had more knowledge about how to help fix up the anchors up top - perhaps someone with more experience could double check the chains that are attached to the giant concrete "block" near the fence?

This was a very, very slick surface - it's actually pretty horrifying at first when you realize you have no purchase on the face, your feet will literally slide off no matter how much you try to smear. Then again, I'm a beginner.

Overall, it was a ton of fun though, totally helped me learn to be more precise and patient.
By Jason Stewart
From: Santa Rosa, California
Jun 13, 2014
Showed up here to climb with a buddy from out of town, and discovered that you're now required to get a permit to climb here. There is a phone number to call on the sign. We called it and the permitting department had no idea what we were talking about.

Good luck.
By Justin Driemeyer
From: San Carlos, California
Jul 7, 2014
I called the permit office today and was directed over to James Wheedler who said the sign was put up prematurely. He said they are concerned about protecting the geologic feature in the wake of the growth of climbing as a sport in the last several years so are looking to put some permitting process in place to help do so and suggested one format they are looking into is a self service process - answer some questions online and get a permit you can print, I suggested a basic self-service paper register, like a wilderness permit for day hiking. But since no process is in place yet he said go ahead and climb for the time being. That said, if you have input I recommend you provide it - because while I would be OK with a self-service permit system that isn't gated on office hours, perhaps others have a different viewpoint, and perhaps the access fund or such have some data about less bureaucratic ways to address the concerns of the parks department.
By crimsonraen
Sep 22, 2015
I just climbed here for the first time, and this wall is GORGEOUS! Damn! Super cool to look at, definitely the most aesthetically pleasing wall I've ever climbed. Also, definitely the hardest to smear on. ;)

So there are no longer any bolts on the wall, as they've all been chopped off. Well, there are some stubs sticking out. It would be best to just stick with top roping here, to preserve the awesome beauty of the wall. (And so climbers don't lose access to it) Also, it shouldn't be trad lead either, just so you don't break pieces off if you fall. The wall is pretty crumbly in places, sort of like cement. Let's try to preserve this great spot for climbing!

Oh, and yeah, the chains could use some new quick-links on 'em. They're good enough for now, but you should set a cordalette or slings on them, and rappel instead of lower. :)
By Carl Martin
From: San Francisco
Dec 15, 2015
Fun area I went out there late in the day (cold) with my girlfriend and it was rad. Gotta go back and hit it again when I have my shoes. There's a nut someone lost in the first traverse I tried to rescue, but didn't have any luck. I used the playground to teach her a bit of ascending tech using a prussik.

At the end of beaver st there's a slightly hidden staircase that takes you to the tennis court and trail to the top.
By tsherry
From: Portland, OR
Dec 18, 2015
I come here everytime I'm in town for AGU. Callen Bentley just posted a gorgeous GigaPan of the wall. Probably going to be the best detail if you're scoping...

Just got word that there is a sign at the playground prohibiting climbing. Contacted Callen to see if he has a photo.

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