Elevation: 3,838 ft
GPS: 37.882, -121.915 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Aron Quiter on Jun 24, 2002 with improvements by Patrick Sherry
Admins: Aron Quiter, M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

This mixed area sits inside of Mt. Diablo State Park southeast of Walnut Creek, and northeast of Danville. Offering a mixed bag of climbing: trad, top rope, and sport routes are all found here. Additionally, there is some bouldering, but not at the major established climbing areas.

Access to the park will cost you up to $10 per car, so heads up. You can check the park website directly for current prices and information.

Most of the climbing is on sandstone, which makes the sport bolts sketchy, and some of the trad routes absolutely terrifying. It also makes for some fun smearing and edging moves everywhere.

Almost all areas have a simple way to set up a toprope, though you should bring really, really long slings (20' +) for many of the anchors.

Getting There

Boy Scout Rocks: From the 680 just north of Danville, take exit 40 for El Cerro Blvd and follow that east for about 1 mile. Continue on Diablo Road. After about 2 miles, turn left at Mount Diablo Scenic Blvd, which becomes South Gate Road. Boy Scout Rocks will be on the right. Boy Scout Rocks Map

Pine Canyon: From Walnut Creek, take the Ygnacio Valley Road exit and drive east for about 4 miles. Turn right at Oak Grove Road and continue on Castle Rock Road to its end. Pine Canyon Map

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mount Diablo State Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 93
Cave Route
Sport 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 64
The Pillar
Trad 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 56
Dry December
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 34
West Face
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 49
Chouinard's Crack
Trad, TR
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 41
Blue Zenith
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 288
Amazing Face
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
 38
Yabba Dabba Dudes
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 45
Evolution
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 72
The Arch (a.k.a. Ozone)
Trad, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 57
Diagonal Crack
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 5
Money Shot
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 21
Boromir
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 100
Bolt Route
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 13
Deliverance
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cave Route Pine Canyon > Rock of Ages
 93
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport 2 pitches
The Pillar Pine Canyon > Pagoda Rock
 64
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Dry December Pine Canyon > Pagoda Rock
 56
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport 2 pitches
West Face Pine Canyon > Rock of Ages
 34
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Chouinard's Crack Boy Scout Rocks > Upper Tier
 49
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Blue Zenith Pine Canyon > Pagoda Rock
 41
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, TR
Amazing Face Boy Scout Rocks > Lower Tier
 288
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Yabba Dabba Dudes Pine Canyon > Flintstone Rock
 38
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R Sport, TR
Evolution Pine Canyon > Rock of Ages
 45
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
The Arch (a.k.a. Ozone) Boy Scout Rocks > Lower Tier
 72
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Diagonal Crack Boy Scout Rocks > Lower Tier
 57
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Money Shot Pine Canyon > Terra Dome
 5
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Boromir Pine Canyon > Mammoth Rock
 21
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Bolt Route Boy Scout Rocks > Lower Tier
 100
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Deliverance Pine Canyon > Deliverance Rock
 13
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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