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Cave, The 0 / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Eastern Front, The 7 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Far Side, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Fort Apache 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Grotto, The 14 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 20
Midwall 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Ort Wall 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Senior Wall 1 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Welcome Wall 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Access Issue: No new bolts. Respect signs and private property owners near the crags. Details

Description

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.

Check out this drone fly-by for a look at Table Mountain and the surrounding area.

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Table Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 108
Bandito
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 103
Table Manners
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 88
Go with the Flow
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 60
Granted
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 42
Hole in the Wall
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 39
Chicken Ranch Bingo
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 41
Wing of Bat
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 66
Color Coded Quickdraws
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 69
Three Fingered Jack
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 21
D.C. Angel Cat
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 128
AC Devil Dog
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 90
Rawhide
Trad
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 42
Snake Bite
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 16
Squealer
Trad, Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 18
Men's Crisis Center
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bandito Grotto
 108
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Table Manners Grotto
 103
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Go with the Flow Grotto
 88
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Granted Grotto
 60
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Hole in the Wall Grotto
 42
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Chicken Ranch Bingo Grotto
 39
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Wing of Bat Welcome Wall
 41
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Color Coded Quickdraws Ort Wall
 66
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Three Fingered Jack Grotto
 69
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
D.C. Angel Cat Eastern Front
 21
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
AC Devil Dog Grotto
 128
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Rawhide Grotto
 90
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Snake Bite Grotto
 42
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Squealer Grotto
 16
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport
Men's Crisis Center Grotto
 18
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
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jared toettcher
San Francisco, CA
jared toettcher   San Francisco, CA
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... Aug 31, 2002
Aron Quiter
Oakland, CA
Aron Quiter   Oakland, CA  
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!. Jun 17, 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.

Sep 11, 2003
Aron Quiter
Oakland, CA
Aron Quiter   Oakland, CA  
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. Apr 6, 2004
dean fleming
sonora ca
dean fleming   sonora ca
they "as in geologists" of the area are sure that the rock is Latite, not Basalt. Feb 18, 2006
Will M.
Oakland
Will M.   Oakland
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. Apr 21, 2011
Maurice Chaunders
boise, id
Maurice Chaunders   boise, id
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. May 30, 2013
Is it ok to bring a dog to Grotto and Gold walls? Jan 21, 2015
J. Albers
Colorado
J. Albers   Colorado
^^^^ 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. Jan 22, 2015

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