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Elevation: 4,200 ft 1,280 m
GPS: 33.98979, -116.16342
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Description Suggest change

One of the best and most popular places for taking beginning climbers, a great moderate boulder circuit and some of the most classic boulder problems in the park make this a popular destination. A good selection of routes of all sorts (slabs, cracks, faces), blissfully short approaches and a great concentration of boulders mean you probably won't be alone but also mean that there's always enough to go around.

Getting There Suggest change

From Hidden Valley, head east on Quail Springs Road/Park Boulevard about a mile to the Keys' View intersection. Turn right onto Keys' View Road and drive a couple hundred yards. Turn left into the large Cap Rock parking lot. The south face of Cap Rock (where Slim Pickings is located) is directly in front of you, and the southeast face (where Catch a Falling Star is located) is a bit to your right. 

To the east of the parking area is a nature trail that provides access to bouldering areas and other rock formations with climbs.

37 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cap Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
 67
Circus
Trad
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 86
Nutcracker
Trad
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 121
False Lieback
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 142
Catch a Falling Star
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 24
Robocop
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
Circus, Circus
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 8
Bush Eviction
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R
 25
False Prophet
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 22
Space Odyssey
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 30
Slim Pickings
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 17
Visual Nightmare
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 41
Event Horizon
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 11
Slimmer Pickins
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R
 4
Nose to the Grindstone
Trad
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 12
The Ayatollah
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Circus Cap Rock Upper N Face
 67
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c Trad
Nutcracker Cap Rock - N Face
 86
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
False Lieback Cap Rock - N Face
 121
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
Catch a Falling Star Cap Rock - Southeast…
 142
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Robocop Cap Rock - S Face
 24
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad
Circus, Circus Cap Rock Upper N Face
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Bush Eviction Cap Rock - N Face
 8
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
False Prophet Cap Rock - N Face
 25
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a R Trad
Space Odyssey Cap Rock - N Face
 22
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Trad
Slim Pickings Cap Rock - S Face
 30
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Visual Nightmare Cap Rock - S Face
 17
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Event Horizon Cap Rock - N Face
 41
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad
Slimmer Pickins Cap Rock - S Face
 11
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Nose to the Grindstone Cap Rock - S Face
 4
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R Trad
The Ayatollah Cap Rock Upper N Face
 12
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
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