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Please do not place any new bolts or fixed hardware at Table Mountain, and minimize our impact here. Climbing is open, with restrictions: private property. MORE INFO >>>


Table mountain is an amazing place. Flat on top with sheer cliffs on each side, it winds for miles across the Sonora Pass area.

It is a source of pride for local geologists, as it is an amazing example of an "inverted stream" formed by a river bed filling with lava, explaining its flat-topped, winding appearance. There is some disagreement on this subject, but the rock is Latite.

Presently, there's a lot of development in the area.

WATCH OUT FOR POISON OAK. The approach to many of the climbing areas is overgrown with it, and it can be found at the base (and even on the rock face) of many climbs.

Getting There 

Table Mountain is a ways east of the Bay Area, but it kicks ass none-the-less. From the Bay Area, head like you're going to Yosemite; 580 east to 205 east to 5 north for a mile, then 120 east. A while after Oakdale, go straight on 108 where 120 goes right. At Jamestown take a left on Rawhide Road (there's a stop light) go over the narrow bridge and continue on Rawhide for 1.9 miles, then make a sharp left onto Shell Road. Shell Road turns into a dirt road at a gate 1.5 miles down road. At this point you're probably going to want a high clearance vehicle, or to just hike it.

Open a closed gate at the presumed end of the road, drive through, close the gate, and drive (carefully, you're on private property) over some rough road. Continue onwards to a second gate (which is sometimes closed, sometimes open) and pass through. Parking is between this gate and the final (semi-permanently) locked gate.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.0 miles from here

59 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',29],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Table Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Table Mountain:
Table Manners   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Grotto
Bandito   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   The Grotto
Granted   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Grotto
Go with the Flow   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   The Grotto
Enemy at the Gates   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   The Eastern Front
Chicken Ranch Bingo   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Grotto
Hole in the Wall   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Grotto
Wing of Bat   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Welcome Wall
Roe vs. Wade   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Welcome Wall
Color Coded Quickdraws   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Ort Wall
Three Fingered Jack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   The Grotto
D.C. Angel Cat   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   The Eastern Front
AC Devil Dog   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Grotto
Rawhide   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Grotto
Table Manners - Left   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Grotto
Snake Bite   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Grotto
Geronimo   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Ort Wall
Squealer   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   The Grotto
Men's Crisis Center   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   The Grotto
Flight Simulator   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Grotto
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By jared toettcher
From: San Francisco, CA
Aug 31, 2002
WATCH OUT FOR POISON OAK. it basically carpets the approach to the climbing at table mountain! oh and a lot of the rock is loose enough that you might want to have your belayer stand out of harm's way. otherwise it's a very cool place; i'd give it $1, figuratively speaking...
By Aron Quiter
From: Oakland, CA
Jun 17, 2003
Poison Oak is in season again, and I'm itching like hell. We tried to clear out the pathinto the back areas, and now are covered in the shit ourselves. Yuck. It also should benoted that access into the Grotto, Mid wall, Welcome Wall etc requires an additional hike,as there is a new white gate locking the continued road for a time that is not specifiedon the information sheet. The second gate (when we were there) appeared to have been runover, and is still there, but not even close to functional locked in a bowled over openposition. Not good!.
By mungeclimber
Sep 11, 2003
I checked with locals. One person reported to the authors that they were there on Labor Day (monday) 2003 and the first gate was not locked on that day, though of course as previously reported the second gate is locked due to some Burea of Reclamation and County issues.

By Aron Quiter
From: Oakland, CA
Apr 6, 2004
Please note that the general information about Table Mountain has changed. Camping is NO LONGER allowed in the Table Mountain area. There's a nice pretty sign telling you that the area is now day use only.
By Anonymous Coward
Mar 2, 2005
When going to table mountain most climbs are not in the book being that new routes are being established monthly. The gold wall is not even in the book, and it offers some of the best climbing. A great, great climbing adventure area.
By Aron Quiter
From: Oakland, CA
Mar 4, 2005
The Gold Wall is not listed, since it is on private property. Until someone tells me that is "ok" to climb there, I'm not going to add it, which sucks because I'd like to. There are climbs there, a lot of them, and some of the ones I've been on are FUN.

I moved your comment o Anonymous Coward from 5N06, I'm not sure why it was there?
By dean fleming
From: sonora ca
Feb 18, 2006
they "as in geologists" of the area are sure that the rock is Latite, not Basalt.
By Brian Quiter
From: Oakland, CA
Dec 8, 2006
Gold Wall is still on private property. But that is not keeping the crowds away. Last weekend, about 40 people were there! If you're planning on going during the weekend, I strongly recommend a helmet and a lot of patience.
By J. Albers
From: Colorado
Nov 4, 2009
I am not trying to be a censor, but given the delicacy of the property situation, I think it would be best if we didn't add or post about the GW.
By fivefun
Apr 21, 2011
Climbed and camped here a few weekends ago. Is it true from the comments above that this area is day use? If so we got lucky camping out on a Saturday night. We didn't leave the Grotto until nightfall and set up camp down by the reservoir. We saw a Sheriff in the morning and he appeared to be giving us the stink eye from afar, but didn't ticket us or the car the night before.
By M.Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
May 17, 2011
Updates and info at
By Maurice Chaunders
May 30, 2013
We just climbed at The Grotto and camped at Lake Tulloch campground. It's a developed site for RVs but also has tent spots. It is great. All sites have at least a picnic table and firepit, and some have grills, shade structures, water spigots and even power at some. We camped right along the water and the place was empty. We swam in the lake the next day, as I'm sure many people do when it's blazing hot out there. The sites are close together, so it's probably not great when crowded, but it was 35 minutes from Jamestown, and seemed like the best place around. There's a small store there that sells beer. Tent sits are $23/car. South/West of Jamestown on 108, turn onto Tulloch Road and head down 5 miles or so. Beautiful country.

Posion Oak was hardly an issue for us, late May 2013. It's all over the place in Monterey area, so thanks to the whoever is responsible.
By David Nieto
Jan 21, 2015
Is it ok to bring a dog to Grotto and Gold walls?
By J. Albers
From: Colorado
Jan 22, 2015
^^^^ David,

You can technically bring a dog with you, though personally I think its a bad crag for dogs for a number of reasons (and I am a dog owner). In particular, if you have a high energy dog, it is really a hassle for everyone else there because there just isn't any room for a dog to move around without bothering others. However, probably the biggest issue is that it is highly, highly likely that your dog will get poison oak on its fur. That may or may not mean that you get it when you pet your dog, but I never pet dogs there because I didn't want to open myself up to the hassle of getting it. Cheers.
By Vlad S
May 1, 2016
Tried to go to the Grotto on 4/30 and made it only 10 ft on the trail before turning around. The trail is completely overgrown with PO and impassible as far as I am concerned. If you really need to go here bring a machete and a full haz-mat suite. I was here 2 years ago and didn't even notice any, so it is definitely growing much thicker than in the previous years.

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