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Indian Rock  

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Submitted By: Aron Quiter on Jun 18, 2002


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Inner city bouldering at its best. This area is located inside the city of Berkeley, and elimination problems are the rule. Indian Rock is a locals' favorite because of its easy approach and accessible setting. It can be busy after 5 and on weekends, but if you've got a couple of hours to spare, it's only a few miles from the Berkeley campus, and set in a nice upscale neighborhood.

Rock is mostly smooth, but there is some sharper stuff on the upper area of the rock.

Super classics include the main traverse, and the watercourse area.

The main area is in the shade most of the time, though the tops of some routes can see some sun.

Indian Rock is primarily a bouldering area, but there are a few routes that you might want a top rope.

Descent off the top of the rock can be easily accomplished by walking off the back of most routes.

An interesting History of this rock will be added at a later point, when I have a little more information on the rock.

Getting There 

From the UC Berkeley campus:

Go North on Shattuck until it bends left and becomes Henry (which will turn into Sutter without you noticing). Follow it until just before the tunnel. Hang a right on Del Norte instead of going into the tunnel. Head up the hill to the Marin Circle. Leave the circle at the second right (the widest street you can take) and veer right onto Indian Rock Ave. Continue up the hill one long block until you see the prominent rock on the left. Park, and you're there. The main bouldering area is down the stairs on the right side of the rock.

From the North:

Take I-80 south. Exit on Gilman, and turn left (east) onto Gilman. Follow Gilman to a left on Hopkins street. Follow Hopkins up to the Marin circle. Turn right on the 4th street (the widest street leaving the circle), go slight right (and uphill) onto Indian Rock Ave. Head up the hill a long block until you see the prominent rock on the left. Park, and you're there. The main bouldering area is down the stairs on the right side of the rock.

From the South:

Follow directions from the North, except turn right on Gilman instead of left.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.6 miles from here

21 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Indian Rock:
Pegboard   V1 5     Boulder, 18'   
The Crack   V2 5+     Boulder, 18'   
The Ape   V2 5+     Boulder   
Beginner - Watercourse Area   V2 5+     Boulder, 1 pitch, 30'   
The Ape Traverse   V3 6A     Boulder   
Embryonic Journey   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   
Center Overhang   V4 6B R     Boulder, 20'   
Flake Traverse   V4 6B     Boulder, 20'   
The Bubble   V5 6C     Boulder, 16'   
Indian Rock Traverse   V6 7A     Boulder, 10'   
White Men Can't Jump   V?     Boulder, 10'   
Transportation Crack   5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c V-easy 3     TR, Boulder, 10'   
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Climb up and right from the flake traverse. You will see asmall hole about 2 feet up from the right side of the flake,and then a large jug looking thing 12 or so feet off theground. Hitting the jug is the crux, but you're still notdone yet! Hold on and find some feet as you use less thanideal holds to pull yourself over the edge.Be careful if you decide to fall, as the landing area issoft, but sometimes a little small for this climb. Logs,trees, and the first couple of feet of the rock itsel...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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