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Aperitif S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Cayucos S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Food Baby S 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
Hobolicous S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Jesus Christ Superbolter S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Monster Quest S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Oaksterdam S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Snaggletooth S 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Soul Sister Thunder S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Table Scraps S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Tuko Pamoja S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Wine Style S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
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60' Pinnacle visible from the meadow at the first major switchback on the trail out to Table Rock

Getting There [Edit]

Hike up the Table Rock Trail for 1/2 mile. You will see the Pinnacle to the East at the 1st major switchback. Continue hiking up the TR trail until a shaded switchback with a sign indicating Table Rock to the Right in 1.7 miles. Instead, turn left here and follow the large trail down the ridge to the Pinnacle.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Table Scraps Pinnacle

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Table Scraps
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Tuko Pamoja
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Jesus Christ Superbolter
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Table Scraps
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Tuko Pamoja
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Jesus Christ Superbolter
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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Fun climbs, but still very dirty. We dodged a few bowling balls rolling down the gullies. Good solid bolts and a good place to teach lead climbing. Nov 30, 2009
Fun little crag, and a great daytrip if you're guiding friends. The rock is friable on the surface and sound underneath. Until the area sees more traffic, expect a bit of adventure on lead, and belayer should wear a helmet. Bolts are solid and liberally placed.

Thanks to whomever put in the time and $ for development. Feb 12, 2010
Glad you guys enjoyed it! I agree that it will clean up over time. I know it is hard to imagine but these routes literally have only had a handful of ascents being developed only since October of '09. Given them a few years and they will be polished to a HyProGlow!

My family and I love it out there! Feb 12, 2010
Having read some controversial statements about the climbs on another website, I was eager to check them out for myself, which I finally did yesterday. First I led Food Baby 5.5, which I didn't like--it was very crumbly and I considered packing up my gear. But some other climbers there told us the other routes were much more solid, so I began leading other climbs, working my way up in difficulty, and really enjoyed them. It's a weird, different kind of climbing. And given the potential for loose holds and a cheese-grating fall, I was grateful they were all well protected. Table Scraps was my favorite! Thanks, Aaron, for taking the time and expense for putting up the climbs. I look forward to introducing more friends to the climbs. Mar 15, 2010
My friend and I were out here today for the first time. Warmed up on table scraps. Moved right to the 10a then left for the 11a, 10c and 12a Wine style(which is only hard for a couple of bolts then eases right up) I really enjoyed all the climbs. They are bolted so well that you feel like your on toprope. We lead everything Jake, but I am sure setting up topropes would not be a problem. I would recomend this area. We had alot of fun. However This place gets alot of sun and warms up quick, so plan well!
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Glad you liked it YL. Since you posted a picture on it, what did you guys think of the line left of Wine Style? I have contemplated cleaning and bolting but never got around to it after I re-hurt my foot. Worth the effort or leave as is? Apr 23, 2010
Probally worth the effort...Thanks again for the fun routes! Apr 24, 2010
Jake Kay
Jackson WY
Jake Kay   Jackson WY
Got up there today with a beginner and set up TR'S on about four of the routes. Nice area, good bolting, and slightly chossy but fun climbing. Thanks for setting this place up. Apr 27, 2010
Jerry Dodrill
Bodega, CA
Jerry Dodrill   Bodega, CA
Fun little crag indeed, despite dodging a few missiles. Interesting, unique rock and a pleasant setting. Cruxes are short, bolts plentiful, and listed grades are generally soft by area standards. Belayers should wear helmets. May 23, 2010
Glad to see the comments plus some suggested ratings. Developing a crag in a vacuum particularly after a break from climbing is difficult. I've updated some of the ratings and topo to reflect the feedback. Thanks guys and please feel free to give a suggested rating to any of the routes you get on that you have a differing opinion than that which is listed. Now back to my hole...or is it a new crag :) ... May 26, 2010
Petaluma California
stevecurtis   Petaluma California
Climbed at table rock for the first time today. I thought I'd climbed on all types of "stone", but I was incorrect. After 32 years, I added a new experience to my climbing.

The features climbed are excellent- long, weird, overhanging. The "rock" defies description. I'll go back. Jul 3, 2010
Anthony Baraff
Paris, France
Anthony Baraff   Paris, France
A friend and I got out there for a day of climbing after getting rained out in Tahoe. The rock is pretty chossy and the difficulty usually lets up after the second bolt, but it was a fun way to spend the day. The YDS grades listed on this site are frequently off by two whole numbers. I spent last weekend at Smith Rock and can attest that Monster Quest is considerably easier than any of the 5.10a climbs you will find there. Oct 5, 2010
Anthony, it is funny you would mention Monster Quest at an easy 5.10a. I actually gave it that after the FA but got numerous replies that it was harder. Eh? The tricky starts is what defines Scraps but also makes the grades a very subjective matter. If you can boulder out the start, the rest of the route will be easy no matter which route you are on. Now Table Rock proper is a much different beast. Long sustained routes are the name of the game out there. Oct 5, 2010
So when are the climbs on Table Rock going to be posted? I'm itching to get out there! Oct 12, 2010
I scouted Table Scraps when hiking in the park on a rainy day. The stone’s surface had turned to ashy mud; it seemed like I could have tunneled through the whole thing with my fingernail. The stone is a conglomerate of small solid rocks with abundant ashy sand forming the mortar to hold it all together. Since the conglomerate rocks are so small, most of the bolts are drilled directly into the friable ashy mortar. It is your impression that the bolts would hold a significant force? I’m not trying to disparage the location; I think it’s great that someone put the time and money into developing a sport climbing spot for beginners. I was just really struck by the difference in stone quality between this site and the Bubble or the Bear. Dec 5, 2010
The 1st 10 feet or so of the entire cliff is junk rock, so not surprised to hear about the "mud". As with any conglomerate, whether it is volcanic or sedimentary based, don't climb on it during or within a day or 2 of rain. You can carve your name with your fingernail at almost every cliff at Red Rocks when it is wet, and even some when it isn't wet, but I think that place has done alright :D I am totally confident in the bolts, but to each their own. I've seen several whippers and I have fallen on several of them myself.

As for the difference between Scraps and the Bubble? I guarantee any exposed and wet portion of the main face including Bubble Boy etc (anywhere with the tan rock) would exhibit exactly the same behavior when wet.

Right Chris? Errr I mean Noboltunclipped. Dec 5, 2010
Jerry Dodrill
Bodega, CA
Jerry Dodrill   Bodega, CA
^^^ I wouldn't put much money on that bet. Dec 19, 2010
^^^ /witty comment. Whatever... Dec 20, 2010
Salamanizer suchoski
Vacaville Ca.
Salamanizer suchoski   Vacaville Ca.  
Hey Rough, add Table Rock to the Routes DB. I mean, why not?

Table rock is a bitchin area. Yeah it's choss, but so is J Tree IMO. Climb on it a bit and it cleans up solid. All the bolts are bomber. As far as I know most if not all the bolts are 1/2" X 3 1/2" (or something close to that) Powers and the few that I've put in are 1/2 X 4 3/4 Powers. Totally bomber.

Choss yes, but mega steep, gnarly sustained with big air under your ass the whole way. Pinnacles is the closest thing that is any better, at least as far as tall stuff goes.

Write up the beta and post some pictures. Get some traffic out there so when I head out on a whim I have no problems wrangleing up a partner/belay slave and can stop getting shit in my eyes when I'm flailing. Dec 28, 2010
I actually do plan on adding it and a free topo eventually, but first I want to get one last multipitch project done before I post it. It will involve a lot of trundling and I would be terrified to do it if I thought there would be a possibility of people at the base. I kind of plan on it being my swan song for Table Rock since I have started working on a new crag not on MSH. Jan 22, 2011
Loved the place and I will be back soon to climb what I did not get a chance yet. I enjoyed the easy hike to Table Scraps (the easy hike is nothing compared to bubble not to mention the Far side). Our group started with Soul Sister and moved all the way to Tuko Pamoja (skipping Wine Style). I personally did not find the area as crumbly as I had expected it. However, small rocks fell from every single climb except for Tuko P and Table Scraps. Middle and top of the climbs reminded me of climbing at the Pinnacles NM. I am no expert at rating routes, but all the routes felt easier than currently rated. Awesome work Aaron. Can't wait for Table Rock... Jan 31, 2011
For better or worse, the crowds are coming. On Saturday, February 12, there were 16 climbers! Only three in my party. Feb 14, 2011
Floyd, I would say for the better. Those 16 climbers would have been "somewhere" regardless of whether Scraps existed or not. In fact, they most likely would have been at the Bubble standing in even bigger lines jockeying for even fewer routes. New crags and new routes means less climber congregation which generally means less focused impact. When something "new" is available, it will normally get a higher visitation rate for a short period of time. I would expect traffic to die down and for it to become another viable "option" for people to chose to go to once more people have been there a few times.

The more people, the faster those routes will clean up :) Feb 14, 2011
Just saw the last post and wanted to mention... the huge group there on Feb 12 was us! I run the Sacramento Rock Climbing meetup group, and after checking this place out with a couple friends thought it would be perfect to get some beginners (and beginning leaders) on. I do definitely agree it's still a bit chossy, but that will fade with time... just bring a helmet, we didn't notice any major things falling off. Glad you're developing... looking forward what comes next! Apr 4, 2011
Santa Cruz, CA
scotticusmaximus   Santa Cruz, CA
Headed out to check out Table Scraps this last weekend with a couple of friends and had a great time! This is a wonderful little crag that has a little something for everyone! It's an especially good place to teach people to lead (got my friend leading his first two climbs while we were there). Also, it was so quiet and peaceful out there - we were the only ones (which I wasn't expecting). It was definitely a nice break from the hustle and bustle I experienced over at the Bubble and the Bear. Anyway, thanks Rough for putting in all the work to get this going! Still needs a little more traffic to clean up (a couple foot holds broke on me), but it's a lot of fun! Climbing there has also gotten me excited to check out Table Rock once the topo goes public. Looks like some fun multi-pitch for sure! May 23, 2011
san diego, ca
portlan   san diego, ca
Softest ratings ever, but super good spot for teaching lead climbing or confidence boosting. Double check holds and feet, this rock is super crumbly. Belayers, beware; my guy almost got hit in the face with a piece of rock. Amazing views from the climbs on this rock, though. Nov 30, 2011
The rock has cleaned up a lot on the pinnacle. Be careful on the lower sections if it's damp and after the rain. The volcanic ash is porous and gets soft (like chalk) when it gets wet. Those occluded basalt lumps can become quite easy to dislodge. Those small quarter sized pieces can blow out on you - as can some of the features on the inside of pockets.
It seems to be like the sandtones in the area - and devlop have developed hard patina over time and moisture wicking to the surface has deposited minerals there.

The folks that developed this place did a great job - thanks. My kids (8 and 5) love this place. Jan 16, 2012
Was out there today with my family. You absolutely could not ask for a better day. The sun and rock was warm, the views spectacular, and climbing fun. Regardless of what others feel about Scraps, good or bad. Days like today are why I developed it, and days like today made it worth every second :) Jan 28, 2012
- Very enjoyable crag.
- Great place to put up your first lead.
- Well protected with bolts everywhere.
- The belayer needs to pay constant attention for golf ball sized rocks, especially when lowering. A helmet is a MUST. Mar 2, 2012
Beautiful little crag. Thanks to the developers for great beta! Getting there, approach, routes, all perfect. Much better than a lot of descriptions on MP. A couple things we were curious about... 1) how do you rappel/lower on Food Baby and Soul sis thunder? There are no chains or rings here... We ended up traversing over to Aperetif and rapping of those chains. Thoughts?
2) some of the hangers are spinning on food baby and soul thunder. Just FYI, still used them and they seem solid.
3) still cleaning off big choss rocks, continue the helmet zone below!
Overall, awesome day! Best part of wine country by far... Wish we had more time. Thanks for having us Midwesterners. Ciao for now Apr 9, 2013
Another heads up: the bottom chain links on the Aperetif anchor are developing grooves with sharp edges. Should probably be snipped soon. Apr 9, 2013
I learned from a friend that a lead climber fell 20 feet to the ground when a hold broke on January 24. Apparently the climber survived. The bolts are closely spaced on all of the routes, so I'm curious to know what happened. Bolt pulled? Poor belay? The only news I could find online (not much) is posted here:…

And here:… Jan 26, 2015
More details are posted at the SuperTopo forum:… Jan 27, 2015
Sergey Shelukhin
Seattle, WA
Sergey Shelukhin   Seattle, WA
The grades are way too soft for the area. IIRC, The Bear (50-60 minute walk away) has 10b-s with sequences of harder moves than single hard moves on the "10d" here... Jun 15, 2015
First time here, absolutely loved it. Almost all the routes have the crux right off the ground, which transitions to a scramble or ~5.5 climbing after the third or fourth bolt (Table Scraps was the exception, it starts with the crux then moves to really fun sustained face climb with tons of solid hands and feet). Falls before the first bolt would be pretty serious on some routes, especially wine style. Just about every route is TR accessable, possibly with the exception of wine style which had quite a bit of rope drag on the rock at the crux. Holds seems pretty solid, but there was enough loose rock I would recommend a helmet for the belayer.

Found a couple spinners which we hand tightened. Tuko Pamoja had a very loose bolt at the anchor, I felt like if I really wanted to I could possibly pull it by hand. The other anchor bolt was solid. Feb 29, 2016
Fun crag for learning to lead and setting up top ropes for beginners. Grades seem very soft / confidence boosting as others have noted. Scenic approach. Just be cautious to evaluate the state of the bolts, several anchors currently have seriously wobbling bolts (not just loose hangers). Mar 27, 2016

I was there last night, March 30th, 2016; I found the rock of quite poor quality. Many broken feet and loose hands on Aperitif and the surrounding climbs. Great location, cool formation and good hardware but the rock quality is not safe. Great spot for teaching rappel and lead technique but due to finding bolt holes like this on the only climb frequently fallen on, the crag's only 5.11, its a little hard to recommend Table Scraps as a good place to learn. Great spot, unfortunate rock. Apr 1, 2016
Reposting previously deleted comment summary:

- Rock is fine
- Bolts in question had hangers stolen, nothing to do with rock
- Rock is friable on surface as discussed ad nauseam
- These routes receive tons of traffic and will have accelerated wear given the nature of the rock
- Some routes need maintenance as do all routes over time
- Everyone is entitled to their own perspective but it should be tempered with experience before posting it as fact on multiple websites Apr 1, 2016
I climbed here with a friend on 5/3/2016, and I really enjoyed my day out. I had a good time with most of the routes, but as mentioned above the crux is always at the start. This can get a little monotonous but still a good time. The rock was in pretty good shape while I was there, but a lot of the bolts were not looking great. Many of the hangers spun, and I tightened them as well as I could with my nut tool, but some of the bolts were moving in their holes. The bolt spacing was great; very close together and well bolted through the cruxes. Great area for a quiet weekday! May 6, 2016
Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
old5ten   Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
fun crag and good climbing, but many spinners, loose nuts, and loose bolts. rock quality is not the greatest, but most routes we did were clean. Oct 1, 2016
Found a silver folding pocket knife with a tan handle yesterday (11/11/2016). Send me a message if it's yours.

Fun routes. Most hard moves are down low.

A few of the bolts are very loose and ready to come out on several of the routes. Nov 12, 2016
A Good Samaritan was there today and serviced all the top anchor bolts. They are now all tight except the Right anchor bolt on Monster Quest, which wiggles in the hole. This one needs love. A special shout out to the original developers and all those who love this little crag. Kudos. Apr 1, 2017
The first bolt on the 5.6 slid out by hand today. Plans are in the works to rebolt all the (many) wiggling bolts with 8" glue-in bolts. This will hopefully happen in the next week or two. Be careful out there in the meantime! May 23, 2017
With the help of Kim Pfabe, I recently replaced 8 of the worst bolts at Table Scraps with 8" glue-in bolts. We tightened many others. I hope these bolts will be solid for years to come, but it's hard to know until they have passed the test of time. I did not have time to check the bolts on the west face of the crag. Please keep reporting to me or on here if you find loose bolts. Jun 23, 2017
Thanks Jim for your bolt replacement efforts here and many other crags in the bay area. Jul 1, 2017
Hello friends! Any word on if Table Scraps has been affected by the Northern California fires? Interested in going climbing there in the next few weeks... Oct 10, 2017
Thread for Mt. St. Helena access post-Tubbs Fire:…

As of this posting (Dec. 23), Table Scraps is still open. For latest, check: Dec 23, 2017

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