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Elevation: 3,023 ft
GPS: 37.23049, -122.09476
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Shared By: Aron Quiter on Jun 19, 2002 · Updates
Admins: Aron Quiter, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer Ski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Surrounding Castle Rock State Park is one of the larger climbing regions in the area, hosting a variety of sport, trad, bouldering and top rope problems.The rock is mostly sandstone, making it fairly easy on the hands and dynos quite slap happy.Access into the main park will cost you a couple of dollars, but that shouldn't deter you. If money is a concern, you can also park outside the main area and walk into the park.The bouldering at Castle Rock is some of the best in the state, and to preserve these boulders please don't climb on the rock when it is wet--wet sandstone breaks easily. Curious to know if it's rained recently? Visit wetrockpolice.com/castlerock. If you're looking for a place to stay the night, there is a hike in campground 2.8 miles from the parking lot. It's a nice little spot that is rarely busy.Or if you want to car camp, try Sanborn County Park campground visit the Castle Rock State Park website for fairly current official information.

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From the north: Drive to the town of Saratoga, which is located a little southwest of San Jose. Find Saratoga by heading south on the 101 a little past the Dumbarton Bridge. Take the 85 south exit, which is also the Cupertino / Santa Cruz exit. Take 85 south for about 10 miles, and exit on Saratoga Ave. Go right onto Saratoga, and follow this road through town. Saratoga Ave becomes Hwy 9, or Big Basin Way. Go up the mountain, and hang a left on Skyline Boulevard (35), which will be the 1st major intersection out of town. The main park is about 2.5 miles up on the right side, and is prominently marked.

If you park outside of the parking lot, be aware that the free parking areas within the marked parking zones can fill up very quickly on weekends with good weather, Do not park in areas which are not within the marked parking zones or have the end of your vehicle extending into the street otherwise you will get a ticket, Lastly, be careful about getting your vehicle stuck in the ditch near the parking spots - it happens often.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Castle Rock Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
 127
Waimea Wall
Boulder
V4 6B
 103
Bates Arete
Boulder
V4 6B
 40
Thee Classic
Boulder
V4+ 6B+
 100
Tree Problem
Boulder
V4+ 6B+
 60
[Redacted]
Boulder
V5 6C
 62
Yabo Roof
Boulder
V6 7A
 94
Lost Keys Traverse
Boulder
V6 7A
 88
[Redacted]
Boulder
V7 7A+
 18
Groundation
Boulder
V10 7C+
 19
Eco Terrorist
Boulder
V10 7C+
 9
Static Reach Sit
Boulder
V12 8A+
 6
Deforestation (sit)
Boulder
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 141
The Great Roof
TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
 36
Krokus
Trad, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 46
Clamydia
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Waimea Wall Castle Rock Ar… > Castle Rock Loop > Castle Rock Proper
 127
V1 5 Boulder
Bates Arete Castle Rock Ar… > Castle Rock Loop > Bates Arete Boulder
 103
V4 6B Boulder
Thee Classic Castle Rock Ar… > Indian Rock Side > Thee Classic
 40
V4 6B Boulder
Tree Problem Castle Rock Ar… > Castle Rock Loop > Parking Lot Rock
 100
V4+ 6B+ Boulder
[Redacted] Castle Rock Ar… > Indian Rock Side > [Redacted]
 60
V4+ 6B+ Boulder
Yabo Roof Castle Rock Ar… > Castle Rock Loop > Parking Lot Rock
 62
V5 6C Boulder
Lost Keys Traverse Castle Rock Ar… > Indian Rock Side > Lost Keys Bouldering
 94
V6 7A Boulder
[Redacted] Castle Rock Ar… > Indian Rock Side > [Redacted]
 88
V6 7A Boulder
Groundation Castle Rock Ar… > Castle Rock Loop > Cave Boulder
 18
V7 7A+ Boulder
Eco Terrorist Castle Rock Ar… > Castle Rock Loop > Eco Terrorist Boulder
 19
V10 7C+ Boulder
Static Reach Sit Castle Rock Ar… > Indian Rock Side > Clamshell Boulder
 9
V10 7C+ Boulder
Deforestation (sit) Castle Rock Ar… > Castle Rock Loop > Parking Lot Rock
 6
V12 8A+ Boulder
The Great Roof Goat Rock
 141
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
Krokus Indian Rock
 36
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R Trad, TR
Clamydia Waterfall Cliff
 46
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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