Summit Rock Rock Climbing
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The nest has moved each year so it might be different routes next season - we will move the tags and update you." - Matt from the Bay Area Climbers Coalition.
As of Oct 4, 2014, Summit Rock at Sanborn County Park is open seasonally to climbing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Around January 2015, if nesting activity is observed by park rangers, climbing may be closed or limited to permits again. The free permit system limits access to 35 people a day, subject to the results of an ongoing peregrine/climber monitoring program. Climbers can call the Parks Department reservation line at 408-355-2201, give their contact information, and receive the free permit immediately by email. Please remember to close all gates and observe all posted signs.
CLOSED FOR THE SEASON February 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021.
Summit Rock contains some really beautiful views of the San Jose area from the tops of the climbs. It's too bad that the bottoms of the climbs and often the interemediate ledges are filled with trash and broken glass from picnicers and partyers above. So, beware sticking your hands places you haven't seen if you're climbing a route for the first time, especially if it looks like the route hasn't been climbed in a while.
Made of sandstone, the slopey vertical and slab climbs that made up the summit rock are nearly all enjoyable. Some of the rock will crumble, and this isn't an area that should be climbed after a recent rain storm.
Nearly all routes are sport, though there are also few trad routes available.
Summit Rock does see some sun in the afternoon, though the lower belay areas are often in the shade.
From Skyline Boulevard and Big Basin: Travel south 1.5 miles until you see a large driveway on the left side. Pull in, and park 100 yards later. If you pass the Los Altos gun club on the right, you've gone too far.
From the Summit Rock parking lot: Approach time: 10 - 15 minutes. Follow the trail out of the end of the parking lot which will wind it's way gently uphill. At the fork, take the left fork (read the sign if you're not sure) and follow it uphill to the rock. From the top of the rock, follow the fence around to the right and downhill. Work your way around the rock following the dirt path.
Summit Rock is closed for the season starting on February 1, 2021 - August 31, 2021.
Classic Climbing Routes at Summit Rock
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