Shady Rock is a neat little ship of a rock, hidden deep under the forest canopy, but planted on the edge of Stevens Creek Canyon, with big views to the south and west.
Easiest access is via the main Castle Rock State Park parking lot. Proceed down the Saratoga Gap trail for approximately 0.25 miles. On the right, you'll see a signed trail directing you to "Castle Rock 0.3 miles". In fact, it is MUCH further to Castle Rock itself, but you don't care.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Shady Rock:
Slot Nose 5.8 Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30 feet
Dog Breath 5.10a Trad, Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30 feet
Special Effects 5.10a Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30 feet
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Slot Nose 5.8 CA : SF Bay Area : ... : Shady Rock
This is the rightmost route on the west side of Shady Rock. Bruce Morris's guidebook has a good topo. Crux is just below the first bolt; a fairly tricky mantle. Climb left from the first bolt, up 5.4 rock, then ascend the eponymous "slot" just below the anchor. An arm-bar may be useful here.Variation: From the first bolt, climb left and ascend the obvious arete to the anchor. Probably goes about 5.9. It's tricky to clip the bolt when leading this variation....[more] Browse More Classics in CA