Elevation: 869 ft
GPS: 37.881, -121.985 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Salamanizer suchoski on Jan 29, 2013 with improvements by Colin R
Admins: Aron Quiter, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

The Rock of Ages is found just behind the Pagoda. It has a large distinctive cave half way up the wall. The rock can range form crumbly and loose to solid and clean. The base of this wall is a great place to hang out when the temps soar. You can always find shade and a nice cool breeze comes up from the bottom of the canyon. This rock sees the most traffic in the canyon, but you'll still be lucky to see anyone.

Getting There

From Stage Road (the main fire trail) The Rock of Ages shares its approach with Pulpit and Pagoda Rock. On the left of the trail is a wooden post for Nature Walk 8. Past that on the right is a post for Nature Walk 11, then a bench, then Nature Walk 10. Shortly after that, on the left, is the straight, narrow, well-worn dirt trail you want (goes uphill and to the right). Immediately after the trail entrance is a small dried creek. If you hit the post for Nature Walk 9 you've gone too far. If you hit the green gate you've gone even farther.

After a short hike up the trail and over some rocks you'll see Pulpit on the left. It's the first area and it's hard to miss with its bolted route right next to the approach. Shortly up past Pulpit is Pagoda Rock, and shortly up past that is The Rock of Ages. Getting from Pagoda to Rock of Ages requires scrambling over some big rocks.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Rock of Ages

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 93
Cave Route
Sport 2 pitches
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 34
West Face
Sport 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 45
Evolution
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 6
Old Bolt Route
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cave Route
 93
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport 2 pitches
West Face
 34
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Evolution
 45
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Old Bolt Route
 6
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c TR
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