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Routes in Handley Rock Park

Left Offwidth TR 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Lower bouldering cave V3 6A
Pocket Face TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Right Of Crack 1 S,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Right Of Crack 2 TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Right Of Crack 3 S,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Upper Bouldering Cave V3 6A R


A medium-large rock located in the middle of a fairly hilly residential area. Bouldering, sport, and TR climbs exist. The hours of the park are from 9am-sunset, and it is closed to climbing on the third weekend of every month. The rock is sandstone similar to that in the castle rock area. There are a decent variety of routes, ranging from 5.7 to 5.12, plus bouldering up to v6.
Trails are closed from sunset to 6:00 am. Details

Getting There

Handley Rock park is located in a neighborhood off the Edgewood Rd. exit from 280 near Redwood city. A GPS or very detailed map is almost necessary to navigate the labyrinth of streets nearby. The rock is literally ten feet from the small parking area.

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Pierson Bourquin
San Francisco, California
Pierson Bourquin   San Francisco, California
I would offer Handley Rock is a diamond in the rough. It needs to be picked up, for sure!! But, I enjoyed the crack climb to the left of the cave on the South side and the face climb to the right of the cave also.

I understand SheClimbs Bay Area is doing a clean up this Saturday 11/16/13. Way to go SheClimbs!!! Nov 13, 2013
Arthur E
Madison, WI
Arthur E   Madison, WI
Thanks for adding this, Yair! This is a great little spot with some fun and challenging climbs. Great description, the only things I would add:

1). If you're feeling nice bring along a trash bag and pick up some trash while you're there.

2). I wouldn't even list Sport as a possibility here. All the bolts are super rusted and some are hanging half way out of their holes!

3). Park is at the intersection of Sylvan Way and Handley Trail, for those using Google Maps. Dec 21, 2011
It's too bad that there isn't more info out there on this crag. Here's some of what you need to know:

1 - There's an unfortunate amount of graffiti and trash on the rock

2 - Top rope access is to the left of the rock as you approach from the parking area, before you actually start to go around the monolith

3 - Technically there are sport climbs here, but I wouldn't trust ANY of the bolts if someone paid me

4 - The bolting at the top is really weird. Some super-solid bolts, some spinners, some small rusty bits, and most routes only have a single bolt. I backed everything up, although it was difficult to back up certain routes. (The routes with a single bolt have 3/4" x 6" construction eye bolts, but still... one bolt doesn't do it for me.)

5 - Cool caves. Check them out. Dec 12, 2011

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