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Location: 37.88044, -121.98579 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The Pagoda is the western face of two rocks (the other being "The Rock of Ages" to the east) with a narrow alley between them. From the west the Pagoda can be noticed as having a very large face that is about 80' at the leftmost side and spans to a length of about 150' on it's right side. There are four routes on the Pagoda last I was there one of which is an aid route up the shortest side of the rock at the top of the alley between it and Rock of Ages. The other routes are on the western face ranging from 5.7 - 5.10.

Getting There 

From Stage Road (the main fire trail) The Rock of Ages shares its approach with Pulpit and Pagoda Rock. On the left of the trail is a wooden post for Nature Walk 8. Past that on the right is a post for Nature Walk 11, then a bench, then Nature Walk 10. A few feet later, on the left, is the straight, narrow, well-worn dirt trail you want (goes uphill and to the right). Immediately after the trail entrance is a small dried creek. If you hit Nature Walk 9 you've gone too far. If you hit the green gate you've gone even farther.

After a short hike up the trail and over some rocks you'll see Pulpit on the left. It's the first area and it's hard to miss with its one bolted route right next to the approach. Shortly up past Pulpit is Pagoda Rock.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.7 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Classic Climbing Routes in Pagoda Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pagoda Rock:
The Pillar   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   
Dry December   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   
Blue Zenith   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Unsung War   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   
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Featured Route For Pagoda Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Bolts and chains at the belay anchor as of 2/16/12

Dry December 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : San Francisco Bay Area : ... : Pagoda Rock
This route starts about 40 ft to the left of the Pillar and goes between a break in the canopy of two trees, then up the steep central face of the Pagoda. There are anchors at 100 ft but the route continues to the top and can easily be done in one pitch. Pockets, crimps, mantles and route finding is the name of the game on this one. Going strait up is not always the easiest way to the next bolt. You can easily make this route much harder than the grade. The crux comes just off the belay anchors ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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