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Access route 1 T,TR 
Final Exam TR 
German Chocolate Cake TR 
Heel Hooker Traverse 
Jason Dies 
Jason Lives 
Killer Crack TR 
Osprey T,TR 
Overhung Roof Problem TR 
Pelican Arete TR 
Potato Chip Face 
Rock Scar 
Sea Breeze TR 
Specialist, The 
Sunset Arete TR 
Sunset Corner T,TR 
Sunset Face Left TR 
Sunset Face Right TR 
Sunset Traverse 
Top Traverse 
Undercling Face Problem 
Wam-Up Face 
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Sunset Boulders Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Aron Quiter on Feb 11, 2003


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This rock is mostly top roping, though at a "mere" 30 feet, many people choose to boulder a lot of the routes as well.

Being out in the open, this rock will always be in the sun on one side or the other. It's out in the open, so this is a great place to climb on a sunny day. On a foggy, windy day, there is very little protection from the elements, and this would be a very chilly place to be.

Most routes are probably best lowered off, though brave souls will need to downclimb a 5.2 route to get off of the rock.

Pelican Arete (5.10a) is a must do, and is a pretty tough 5.10a!

Getting There 

Approach time: 5 minutes.

From the turnoff into Gaot Rock State Park, drive ~ 1/4 mile to a large pullout on the left. There are several of these pullouts, and almost all will get you to the rocks. If the road goes up the hill and bends to the right, you've gone a little too far, and should turn around.

From the parking pullout, hike downhill into the meadow, where the rocks are a can't miss.

This is the tallest of the rocks.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.2 miles from here

24 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Sunset Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sunset Boulders:
Pelican Arete   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     TR, Boulder, 1 pitch, 30'   
Sunset Face Left   V0- 4-     TR, Boulder, 1 pitch, 30'   
Mid-Term   V0 4     Boulder, 10'   
Heel Hooker Traverse   V1 5     Boulder   
Sunset Traverse   V2 5+     Boulder   
Skullcracker   V2 5+ R     Boulder, 10'   
Rock Scar   V3+ 6A+     Boulder   
The Specialist   V4 6B     Boulder   
Sunset Arete   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Sunset Corner   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Sunset Face Right   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Osprey   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Killer Crack   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     TR, 30'   
Final Exam   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     TR, 20'   
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By Paul Rezucha
From: Alameda
Apr 22, 2003
Goat Rock is a great place to visit. Beautiful setting with quite a few good routes. Expect others as it's a great place to bring beginners because of easy access and small selection of easier routes. Beware that the Falcon Guide Rock Climbing the San Francisco Bay Area by Tresa Black seems to underrate many of the routes here. See my other comments for some of the routes. Because most of the routes are top roped, this doesn't pose a real danger but if bouldering or leading, expect the routes to be a grade or so harder than stated. If you have the time, it is definitely worth the trip to also visit Dry Creek Sea Crag. Another beautiful area with routes ranging from 5.6 and upward.
By Avery Worthing-Jones
Sep 8, 2004
I really liked this area. Kind of a shame that it was the last place I visited on Labor Day weekend. I was pretty burnt out by the time I got there so I was not able to fully enjoy the climbing. I will say this, great view even if you are not going to climb.
By Floyd Hayes
Dec 3, 2009
When I climbed here on November 7, 2009, somebody had recently placed new top-rope anchors atop Sunset Face, Sunset Corner and Pelican Arete.

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