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Bear Republic S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Crispy Cat T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Enabler, The S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Falcon Roast T,S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Freedom Isn't Free S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Heart Of Darkness S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Heart Of Gold S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
No More Bush S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Smokey The Bear S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Stickleback S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Elevation: 3,676 ft
GPS: 40.75, -123.518 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Zacharias Gustav on Jan 20, 2011
Admins: Rick Shull, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

Shady almost all day...usually freezing in the winter (when the west face is in prime season), great in the summer. This side of Castle Rock is a bit steeper than the west face and is more featured. Stacked with 5.10-5.11 lines.

The base does have a bit of poison oak, but the bases of the routes are largely oak-free, and if you access the wall from above (rather than hiking around from the west face) it's largely avoidable. Certainly not unclimbable as the comment below suggests.

Getting There

Approach directly by continuing up the ridge ~200' past the descent to the west face. Drop over the saddle and follow a trail that hugs the wall. Alternatively, hike around the base of Castle Rock from the west face.

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Classic Climbing Routes at North Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Heart Of Darkness
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5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Heart Of Gold
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Heart Of Darkness 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Heart Of Gold 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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caughtinside
Oakland CA
caughtinside   Oakland CA
The base below this whole face is a Poison Oak garden. I'd go so far as to say it is unclimbable without someone going in and doing a little work. May 30, 2012

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