Goat Rock Climbing
|GPS:||37.228, -122.108 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Melissa Moore on Jun 20, 2002|
|Admins:||Aron Quiter, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionGoat Rock is tucked a fair way back from the main Castle Park area, but it's worth the beautiful hike in.
It's a pretty sweet mix of slabs and overhung, cave-like climbs, with lots of pockets all around.
The rock itself is 110 feet high, but the routes run no longer than 80 feet.
From the top you get an even more breathtaking view of the valley.
All the climbs have top-rope bolts except "Left Side of Great Roof" which has 3 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor.
The climbs range from 5.4 to 5.12a, with something for everyone.
This rock is great if you have people with varying skill levels in your group.
The top rope bolts are easily accessed, but you should definitely bring long slings to set up your top rope if you want your rope to last on this sandstone.
If you're planning on staying 'til sundown don't forget to bring a headlamp or flashlight... otherwise the hike out gets very tricky.
Classics on Goat Rock include Great Roof (5.10b) and the Left Side (5.12a) for more advanced climbers, and Swiss Cheese (5.4-5.7) for less experienced climbers.
Trails are closed from sunset to 6:00 am. Details
Getting ThereFrom the main Castle Rock parking lot, take the Saratoga Gap Trail west toward Castle Rock Falls. You will cross Kings Creek, then at the fork in the trail, turn right onto Ridge Trail (there is a sign labeled goat rock). If you reach the observation platform for Castle Rock Falls you have gone past the fork. Passing by Last Temptation Cliff and Billy Goat rock on your right, you will come to Goat Rock on the left side. It's about a 1.3 to 1.5 mile hike in, with a decent amount of uphill walking, on a fairly small but well-traveled trail.
It is also possible to access Goat rock from the backpack camp via the ridge trail.
Classic Climbing Routes at Goat Rock
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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