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Routes in The Grotto

AC Devil Dog S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Bandito T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Chicken Ranch Bingo S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Flight Simulator S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Go with the Flow T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Granted T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Gyro Gearloose T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Hole in the Wall T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Journey to Find the Sun S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Men's Crisis Center T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Moss Critique S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Prime Directive S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Rawhide T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Snake Bite T 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Squealer T,S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Table Manners T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Table Manners - Left T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Three Fingered Jack T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
To Pin or Not To Be T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Elevation: 1,588 ft
GPS: 37.926, -120.464 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: Brian Quiter on Jun 22, 2002
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

The Grotto is one of the most alien places I've ever seen (alongside Joshua Tree)! You're in a 30-foot deep pit, surrounded by climbing. The main wall is columnar basalt until it gets to the surrounding ground level, then becomes more featured and very overhung above ground.The area is also a lot cooler due to its location, and doesn't see much sun. The lower part of the wall has mainly trad climbs, though a few bolted routes like the classic AC Devil Dog are present too. The upper wall is all sport and is mostly very difficult. It can only be reached by climbing the lower routes first.
Please do not place any new bolts or fixed hardware at Table Mountain, and minimize our impact here. Climbing is open, with restrictions: private property. Details

Getting There

Approach time: 20 - 25 minutes.

Use the "Getting There" description for Welcome Wall, then simply continue left another 2 minutes on the trail. You'll go down a steep trail between some rocks, and you will see the columnar Grotto in front of you on the right, the Ort Wall on the left, and The Cave Routes ahead and left.

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Sheets
Livermore, CA
Sheets   Livermore, CA
Anyone know what that fenced off big hole is on the approach to the Grotto? An old mine shaft? It is quite deep so if you peer in be careful. Nov 30, 2016
Pat Hastings
Fort Collins, CO
Pat Hastings   Fort Collins, CO
the wall opposite the Grotto that you are describing is Ort Wall Oct 30, 2015
Sergey Shelukhin
Seattle, WA
Sergey Shelukhin   Seattle, WA
Are the climbs on the back wall (opposite of the pillars) in some other area on MP? Cannot find them. I could add them but I dunno the names :( There's a 10c, 10d, 11?, 10b, 9 and an 8 I think? Maybe more. Oct 25, 2015
Justin Johnsen
Nor Cal
Justin Johnsen   Nor Cal  
Grotto routes sorted left to right (Columns and Upper Headwall)

Prime Directive 5.10c R
Granted 5.9
Hole in the Wall 5.10a
Three Fingered Jack 5.10b
Snake Bite 5.11b
Gyro Gearloose 5.10c
Rawhide 5.10d
Men's Crisis Center 5.12a
Table Manners - Left 5.11a
Table Manners 5.8
AC Devil Dog 5.10d
Bandito 5.8
To Pin or Not To Be
Moss Critique
Go with the Flow 5.9
Flight Simulator 5.12b
Journey to Find the Sun 5.12a
Squealer 5.11c
Chicken Ranch Bingo 5.10b


The Cave routes sorted left to right:

Grotto Monkey 5.12a
Dwarf Toss 5.11d
Aug 27, 2013
Simon H
Oakland, CA
Simon H   Oakland, CA
Although the climbing is excellent, it is worth noting that the grotto reeks of (rodent? bat?) excrement, and is mobbed on weekends. Sep 23, 2011

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