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Above the Law S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a PG13
Anti-Christ S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Charlie Solo T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Clamydia S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Cleotitis S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Convulsions T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Degeneration T,TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Degeneration Left T,TR 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Falls, The S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Greeboo, The S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Leading to Death T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Lieback Corner T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Oracle, The S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Putrefaction S,TR 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
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Shared By: Paul Rezucha on Sep 17, 2004
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Description [Suggest Change]

The Falls starts 100' down directly below the observation deck on the stream bed beside two large fallen logs. This climb is actually on the left side of the waterfall and can easily be reached by walking down from the right side of the water falls climbs. The crux starts right off the ground and continues right to the first bolt 15' up. Pretty bold lead unless you are a solid 5.11 climber! The remainer of the climb eases off to 5.6 - 5.8 and meanders a bit from bolt to bolt to the top. The spacing off the bolts is quite far apart and makes for a pretty intimidating lead. Don't lose concentration until you are actually standing up on top holding onto the observation deck support bars as the last few moves are quite hard and you are about 10' above the last bolt!

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6 bolts to observation deck support anchors. The first bolt is 15' off the ground with the crux about 8-10' up. The landing is not great. One could stick clip the first bolt, climb to it from the right using second bolt as protection to get to it, or clip as you rappel down. The remainder of the climb is fairly continuous 5.6 - 5.8 on runout terrain! Trad gear poor.
Paul Rezucha
Paul Rezucha   Alameda
This climb is rated 10a in Tresa Black's Rock Climbing the San Francisco Bay Area guide book. This climb is much harder than 5.10a.I've been told hard 5.10 or easy 11 and I would have to agree with this. There are no indications of broken holds. With the first bolt 15' off the ground, this makes for a scary V3 or V4 boulder problem. Only one fairly hard move after the first bolt then the route eases off in difficulty all the way to the top. All in all a bold lead even on the easier ground. Sep 19, 2004
Paul Rezucha
Paul Rezucha   Alameda
I see on the BayAreaClimbers website that this route is 5.8 by traversing in from the right side. It also shows many bolts all the way up to the top. This is not the case as the last two bolts are very far apart and the runout to the top is quite long too! Unless you feel very comfortable with long runouts on thin face smearing this is not a good climb to lead if you are climbing in the 5.8 or 5.9 range. It is a pretty intimidating lead! Any comments on the difficulty of the direct start? It certainly seems much harder than 10a! Jul 25, 2005
I have just climbed this route last weekend and I totally agree with Paul's comments regarding the hard start. There is absolutely no way this is a 10a (and no I'm not just a gym rat ;) ).The first three moves probably make for a V3-V4 boulder problem. Getting off the ground is already pretty tough, but then you have to basically dyno (with no good feet) to a small edge that is quite a longreach (unless you have a +10inch ape index), beforeyou can finally get a good rest on the next hold.

The climb does ease off afterwards but the holds towards the last 10-20 feet or so are pretty thin which certainly makes it harder than 5.8 (even by Castle Rock slab standards). So even if you skip the hard start and traverse from the right side, don't expect a 5.8 lead. I'd say 5.10a if you skip the bottom start and solid 5.11 if you start from the bottom. Aug 16, 2005
Nice and long! Sep 12, 2006
When I did this route (maybe 1996?) The last bolt wasn't installed, it was more like a 25 ft. runout to the top. I tried to go straight up some thin crimps and blew the mantle topout, took a nice 50+ footer onto what was then the last bolt. I think it was a bit easier to do a move left to finish (just keep your balance!).

Otherwise, I remember the start being "sporty" but not that hard to boulder out. It's been a bit, but we felt it was 10a (just feels scary without clipping first). Maybe the route changed? Dec 24, 2007
Aron Quiter
Oakland, CA
Aron Quiter   Oakland, CA  
On Sandstone? You're lucky to be telling the story. Good job Bruce (et al!) Jan 5, 2008
David A
Stockholm, Sweden
David A   Stockholm, Sweden
Clipped the first bolt on rappel, good thing to, because I couldn't get up the first section without falling a couple times. It was cold and the creek was flowing heavily, so spray from the falls moistened the route. Very scary leading the upper slab, but I pulled through! Might want to try on toprope first, then go for the lead. Sep 6, 2009
Daniel Trugman
Los Alamos, NM
  5.10c PG13
Daniel Trugman   Los Alamos, NM
  5.10c PG13
Yeah, the start seemed tough for the grade, and likely gets exponentially tougher if you are shorter. At my (average) height, a committing deadpoint solved the crux. I'm not so sure it's in the V3-V4 range, more like V2 at most. The rest of the route is easier but always hard enough to make the 20 foot runouts really spooky! A calm 5.10 leader shouldn't have too much difficulty with the upper section.

R-rated lead if you don't stick clip, probably more like PG-13 if you use one. Oct 2, 2009
kevin deweese
Oakland, Ca
kevin deweese   Oakland, Ca
Climbed this yesterday.
1. First bolt on the traverse in from the right has the bolt coming 1-2 inches out of the rock and has been bent down by the bolter (I assume) I do not know how (if any) to access the amount of bolt fixed and set beneath the surface.
2. Second bolt is a rusting button head with a smc hangar. The stone around the base of the bolt is wearing away and the bolt is not that secure in the hole (moving a bit)
3. Third bolt seems fine
4. Fourth bolt needs to have the nut tightened as it was loose and I had to finger tighten it but did not have the tools to tighten it any more.
5. Fifth bolt seem fine.
6. I seem to remember a 6th bolt back in 2007 when i last climbed this but could not find a bolt hole to confirm this. I def do not remember it being as runout as it currently is.
7. The runout between the 4th 5th bolt (as well as topout) are incredibly runout as well as have a a nasty swing (for second as well.) A fall at the final bolt could yield a landing on the bulges and ledges below.

Does anyone know the rebolting regulations for Castle Rock park? Sep 21, 2010
I would rate the direct start at 5.11c. It feels v3 to me and harder than many other 5.11b routes. Aug 7, 2011
Canon CIty!
millz   Canon CIty!
yeah my buddy and I toproped the falls a few weeks ago and used a damn stick to get past that first head scratcher section. it was cool setting up the anchor off the lookout post and rappelling down Dec 13, 2011
Prescott, AZ
  5.10- PG13
presto   Prescott, AZ
  5.10- PG13
Definitely not any harder start then 10a, the first bolt is not as far off the deck as people are implying, and while the moves may be scary, they are definitely not even v2. Either that or groom creek (az) has jaded my impressions.

I saw the stick someone used to skip the first few moves. We removed it. Just have your belayer spot you. Definitely not R rated, pg13 at the most.

Runouts on the slab are negligible due to secure and easy 5.8 slab work, and none of the falls come close to ground falls.

I would recommend a tricam in a pocket between the finial two bolts if you are concerned. With trad draws on the first few bolts of the slab section, and a 10ft extension of my anchor from the platform, a 60m rope can reach the bottom with a few feet to spare. There is a rusty hanger, but it is a reasonable distance between solid bolts. Mar 15, 2012
Would have to agree with presto, keep your head straight and your fine. Nov 5, 2012
  5.10+ PG13
  5.10+ PG13
Nice route. The start is tough for 10-, but certainly not v4. The runouts are all on easy terrain, although some friable rock requires attentive climbing. May 20, 2013
Aleksei Potov
  5.11a R
Aleksei Potov  
  5.11a R
Okay, I just came from waterfalls, and it's definitely not 10a start - 15 years ago maybe it was. First few moves felt at least V2 - so I would put 11a for direct start. After you get to the slopey shelf, it easies off to maybe 10a until first bolt, then it's steady 5.8-5.9 slab to the top. Sep 1, 2013
I just did it yesterday. The start didn't feel like a 5.10a to me, but I'm really bad at judging grades. I wouldn't say it was a v4 start, but not having a crash pad or a nice landing spot made for an interesting mental game.
The rest is easier, but delicate in sections. There were more than a few delicate moves were I felt I had to be really careful, combine that with the runouts and it certainly makes it feel harder than a 5.10a. IMO it's just mental, but there're not really hard moves.
Tri-cams would've helped.
Also the end was interesting. I went straight up from the last bolt. I think it was easier on the left. I'm just happy I didn't blew the mantle as Tevis Bloom. That would've been a long fall I didn't feel like taking.

Overall a fun experience. Oct 21, 2013
JJ Foley
San Francisco, California
  5.10a PG13
JJ Foley   San Francisco, California
  5.10a PG13
Lead this yesterday

Bottom section is hard and bouldery mid 5.10 moves with bad feet.

The top is easy slab with crappy feet but low angle. But it is very mental. I ended up backing off the first time at the top run out, coming down and grabbing a purple .5 camalot which i placed in the first out of the two "holes". Placed it as a stopper set back in a constriction and it was bomber as far as i could tell. It was more mental protection i think.

With the cam it felt safe.

Falling just below the last bolt woud have been a solid 35-40ft fall.

Felt good to move through without falling but wouldnt say that the climbing is amazing, more just satisfying to finish. Sep 8, 2014
Tracey Pomeroy
Brisbane, CA
Tracey Pomeroy   Brisbane, CA
The route can be top roped from the observation tower. You can lower to the final ledge with a 60 meter rope, and climbing from here is a 5.8. To get to the ground, you need a 70 meter rope. Jul 19, 2015
Berkeley, CA
5.11a PG13
rafael   Berkeley, CA
5.11a PG13
the direct start is certainly harder than 5.10a... At least 5.10d... prob 5.11a for a shorter person. How is this a 5.10a, its way way way way harder than degeneration, also rated somewhat bizarrely a 5.10a, and they are like 100 feet apart. WTF Dec 5, 2015
Robert Hall
North Conway, NH
Robert Hall   North Conway, NH  
I TR-soloed this a few yrs ago (2013) and agree with the 5.8 / 5.8+ if taking the start from the right, per the Morris Guidebook. I suspect the "direct start" is harder than 5.10a, since I couldn't / wouldn't do it.

If leading it, protection would be / is sparse. The route and moves are really beautiful.

More...I was back just a few days ago (13th of Apr 2016, and apparently after the commen below was posted) and again TR-soloed it. Noted that some of the bolts are pretty "manky", and I got off-route one place somewhere near the middle ( I went too far right).

But, apparently it had just rained hard in the past week or so, and while the rock was dry (no spray except for the very bottom) EVERY hold was sandy. Virtually every in-cut had to be brushed, as well as most of the foot smears. Glad I had a small brush along. Mar 28, 2016
Danil Kolesnikov
5.11a/b R
Danil Kolesnikov  
5.11a/b R
Climbed just today. This is by no means a 5.10a. My grade is 5.11a/b. 5.10d at least. I had on sighted Putrefaction 5.11a as well today. There is a big difference in these two routes. The Falls is a harder climb than Putrefaction 5.11a.
The Falls is again by no means a 5.10a. The rating must be changed! It confuses beginner climbers. Climb safe! Apr 3, 2016
Mike Ferrell
San Francisco, CA
  5.10d R
Mike Ferrell   San Francisco, CA
  5.10d R
Here's the protection beta I wish I had before I climbed this since all of these comments are a bit old:

Climbed it this weekend and it was 8 bolts- looked like 2 had been added on the lower half to protect rusted bolts (which are still there).

Absolutely stick clip the first clip- the crux is below the first bolt and there is no safe landing if you come off. There is a giant tree limb down there you can use since the first bolt is ~20 feet up.

The first section is .10d/.11a but it's well protected if you stick clip. The second half is 2 bolts and extremely runout, but max 5.8 climbing. If you can maintain your head, this is an amazing climb and you shouldn't skip it just because of the low crux.

Bring a few slings to extend your draws on the two bolts before/at the lip- they will add a ton of rope drag if you don't considering how much the upper half wanders.

My 70m rope had some length left when lowering, but a 60m might be too short! May 15, 2017
Careful sticking your fingers in those monos up top. There was one not too happy yellow jacket living in one that attacked us. Jul 5, 2017
Andrew Child
Santa Clara
  5.10a R
Andrew Child   Santa Clara
  5.10a R
Like many others I made the mistake of going straight up after the last bolt. The direct top is very committing and very insecure. I think this route would get much more traffic if it had an extra bolt or two. Oct 23, 2017
Jacob Kantor
Palo Alto
  5.10b R
Jacob Kantor   Palo Alto
  5.10b R
I LOVE this climb. This was my first outdoor lead climb and it was the most exciting experience of my life. 10/10!!! Dec 26, 2017
Latvian climber
  5.11a R
Latvian climber  
  5.11a R
The direct start feels v3 to me. Hard to justify giving this anything higher than 5.11a given the remaining 99% of the route is no harder than .10a, but .11a is certainly appropriate. May 19, 2018
Anne Sandman
  5.11- R
Anne Sandman  
  5.11- R
Fun route! The start feels way hard for the 5.10a rating listed in Tresa Black's book. Maybe I'm missing something, but it felt harder than the 5.11+ direct start on Anti-Christ across the way. Nice 5.8- cruise otherwise. The moves right below the top (middle deck pillar) might freak out someone who's inexperienced with slab climbing, but the feet aren't bad.

Definitely recommend a 70m rope if you want to toprope it. May 20, 2018

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