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Elevation: 2,924 ft
GPS: 37.2261, -122.0991
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Shared By: Steve R. on Mar 26, 2009
Admins: Aron Quiter, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer Ski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Warning Access Issue: Trails are closed from sunset to 6:00 am. DetailsDrop down

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An offwidth, some face climbing and a few cool roofs make up the mixed sport/trad climbing of California Ridge. Possible to toprope routes as well. Off the beaten path and in the Western Addition area of Castle Rock State Park.

Routes are maybe 50' or so. Cool views of the ocean and Monterey Bay.

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Same as Aron's description to get to Chew Tooth (thanks Aron):

Approach Time: 15 - 25 minutes.

From the parking lot:Head downhill on the Saratoga Gap trail about 1/4 of a mile,until the first left turn, which indicated with a sign that it'stowards Catle Rock (0.3 miles).

Head up this trail until you see a signpost stating "trail ahead "though there is also a smaller trail that leads right anddownhill. You should take the downhill trail. This will shortly run you into a narrow dirt road which will have several branchings off of it. The one straigt ahead is the one your want to take.

This will quickly split into 2 trails, which you want to take the right one. After a very short while, you will see the top of the Chew Tooth on your left 10 feet left of the trail.

Now that you're at Chew tooth, resist the urge to take the right fork of the trail but instead follow the trail straight and in a minute or so you will see the top of California Ridge ahead. It is on the right side of the trail as it makes a sharp left turn. You can set up a toprope or follow the trail around to the left of the formation

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Classic Climbing Routes at California Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 37
Case Dismissed
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 186
Mullah
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 72
Guilty As Charged
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 29
Access Denied
Trad, TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 12
Ayatollah
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 23
California Five-Eleven A
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Case Dismissed
 37
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Mullah
 186
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Guilty As Charged
 72
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Access Denied
 29
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
Ayatollah
 12
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
California Five-Eleven A
 23
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
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