Elevation: 2,911 ft
GPS: 37.232, -122.093 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Aron Quiter on Jul 8, 2002 · Updates
Admins: Aron Quiter, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen
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Description

Like the rest of Castle Rock, this rock consists of sandstone, with routes ranging from 20 feet to ~60 feet in length. Climbing is primarily sport, though a mixed route and a few trad routes also exist. Toprope potential exists on all climbs, though setting up a top rope on the northern climbs deserves some caution due to the exposure on the top of Indian Rock.

You'll usually find this area in the shade, as it is surrounded by trees on all sides. The tops of many routes and the rock itself are usually in the sun.

Beware of broken glass in the footpaths on the lower climbs, especially in leaf piles. 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.

Bring bug repellent; flies and mosquitos swarm climbers at times.

SIDE NOTE: (DOGS ALLOWED!) This crag is the only one in the area that you are able to take dogs to. So if you can't live without your four-legged friends this one is for you!!

Getting There

Approach time: 3 - 5 minutes.

From the main Castle Rock parking lot, walk or drive east 150 yards to an opening on the opposite side of the street, which is the entrance to Sanborn-Skyline County Park.

There will be a sign a short ways (like 50 feet) in stating (among other things) "Indian Rock .1M", Go past this sign on the trail which will head up the hill and gradually left. You will find Indian Rock on the right side of this trail jutting 30 feet out of the ground, and surrounded by small boulders.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Indian Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 14
Cave route
TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 15
Shag Rug
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 131
Puckered Starfish
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 147
Blowing Bubbles
Sport, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 25
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Trad, TR
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 134
Viscious Circles
Sport, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R
 8
Hocus
Sport, TR
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
 7
Dismal Abysmal
TR
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 72
Donkey Dong
Sport, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
 31
Krokus
Trad, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
Strip Poker
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cave route
 14
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Shag Rug
 15
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
Puckered Starfish
 131
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Blowing Bubbles
 147
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
[Redacted]
 25
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Viscious Circles
 134
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, TR
Hocus
 8
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R Sport, TR
Dismal Abysmal
 7
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 TR
Donkey Dong
 72
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport, TR
Krokus
 31
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R Trad, TR
Strip Poker
 3
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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Sun & Shade

Routes Mostly Face: North · East · South · West

Mostly Shady All Day

Details: Shaded nearly completely, sees sun on the higher portions of the north (downhill) face as it peaks above the trees. Upper north face sees morning sun, the rest is shaded all day.

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