Hilltop Drive Bouldering
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|Shared By:||Mark Meinrenken on May 21, 2015|
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Description [Suggest Change]
A collection of 17 boulders, 13 of which rest directly on the hilltop leading up to First Brother. The other 4 are directly beneath, either on the hillside or at the very bottom. The rock has incredible friction, but is rough on the hands. In particular, the Meta Boulder requires full hand tape just for an arete climb. The approach is moderate. Shade and high elevation keeps the temps down in the summer.
Getting There [Suggest Change]
From the Garden Trailhead, take the JBL trail. After less than 5 minutes, when you are about to cross the very first stream, turn to your right (uphill) and locate two moss-covered boulders. Walk directly in between them and you will see a small cairn perched atop the rightmost boulder. A well-packed trail will lead to the first boulder in this area (A-Frame). From here, walk just uphill to the point that the land flattens out, and walk along the edge of the hilltop to the left. The next 12 boulders all rest within eyesight of the hilltop's edge. Generally, you can always see the next one in line, so navigation isn't difficult. The remaining 3 boulders are beneath the hilltop. To reach Victor, turn directly left after reaching A-Frame and follow the contour for about 500 feet. From Victor, walk directly downhill for about 600 feet to a stream at the bottom of the hill. Just to the right will be the remaining two; Meta perched on the hill just to the right of the stream, and Guru on the left among a cluster of smaller boulders. From here walk south for less than a minute and you'll rejoin the JBL trail.
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