Elevation: 400 ft
GPS: 37.892, -122.273 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Aron Quiter on Jun 18, 2002 · Updates
Admins: Aron Quiter, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen
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Description

Inner city bouldering at its best. This area is located inside the city of Berkeley, and elimination problems are the rule. Indian Rock is a locals' favorite because of its easy approach and accessible setting. It can be busy after 5 and on weekends, but if you've got a couple of hours to spare, it's only a few miles from the Berkeley campus, and set in a nice upscale neighborhood.

Rock is mostly smooth, but there is some sharper stuff on the upper area of the rock.

Super classics include the main traverse, and the watercourse area.

The main area is in the shade most of the time, though the tops of some routes can see some sun.

Indian Rock is primarily a bouldering area, but there are a few routes that you might want a top rope.

Descent off the top of the rock can be easily accomplished by walking off the back of most routes.

More about the history can be read on wikipedia, super cool stuff! Another really interesting article about the history of indian rock, but also about the history of climbing, geology and mountaineering.

Also known as the Ohlone Stone.

Getting There

From the UC Berkeley campus:

Go North on Shattuck until it bends left and becomes Henry (which will turn into Sutter without you noticing). Follow it until just before the tunnel. Hang a right on Del Norte instead of going into the tunnel. Head up the hill to the Marin Circle. Leave the circle at the second right (the widest street you can take) and veer right onto Indian Rock Ave. Continue up the hill one long block until you see the prominent rock on the left. Park, and you're there. The main bouldering area is down the stairs on the right side of the rock.

From the North:

Take I-80 south. Exit on Gilman, and turn left (east) onto Gilman. Follow Gilman to a left on Hopkins street. Follow Hopkins up to the Marin circle. Turn right on the 4th street (the widest street leaving the circle), go slight right (and uphill) onto Indian Rock Ave. Head up the hill a long block until you see the prominent rock on the left. Park, and you're there. The main bouldering area is down the stairs on the right side of the rock.

From the South:

Follow directions from the North, except turn right on Gilman instead of left.

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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.
V0 4
 30
Overhung Roof
Boulder
V1 5
 105
Pegboard
Boulder
V1 5
 26
Overhang to Arete
Boulder
V2 5+
 52
The Ape
Boulder
V2 5+
 45
The Crack
Boulder
V3 6A
 80
Flake Traverse
Boulder
V3 6A
 57
Embryonic Journey
Boulder
V5 6C
 74
Indian Rock Traverse
Boulder
V5 6C
 53
The Bubble
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b V0 4
 13
Seasoned Experts Crack
TR, Boulder
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b V1 5 R
 92
Watercourse
TR, Boulder
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R
 4
I-12
TR
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V3 6A R
 98
Center Overhang (aka Pitfall)
TR, Boulder
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b V6 7A R
 3
Far Left Watercourse
TR, Boulder
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b V7 7A+ R
 8
The Seam (Worm Drive)
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Overhung Roof Pit (W Side)
 30
V0 4 Boulder
Pegboard Pit (W Side)
 105
V1 5 Boulder
Overhang to Arete Pit (W Side)
 26
V1 5 Boulder
The Ape N face (Indian Rock)
 52
V2 5+ Boulder
The Crack Water Fountain Wall A…
 45
V2 5+ Boulder
Flake Traverse Pit (W Side)
 80
V3 6A Boulder
Embryonic Journey Pit (W Side)
 57
V3 6A Boulder
Indian Rock Traverse N face (Indian Rock)
 74
V5 6C Boulder
The Bubble Pit (W Side)
 53
V5 6C Boulder
Seasoned Experts Crack Pit (W Side)
 13
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b V0 4 TR, Boulder
Watercourse Pit (W Side)
 92
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b V1 5 R TR, Boulder
I-12 Upper Indian Rock(I-b…
 4
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R TR
Center Overhang (aka Pitfall) Pit (W Side)
 98
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c V3 6A R TR, Boulder
Far Left Watercourse Pit (W Side)
 3
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b V6 7A R TR, Boulder
The Seam (Worm Drive) Upper Indian Rock(I-b…
 8
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b V7 7A+ R Boulder
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