Castle Rock Proper Rock Climbing
Mike Arechiga on, Mega Blast 5.11a.
Situated in a rolling woodland some three thousand feet above the Silicon Valley, in summer Castle Rock attracts many boulderers and climbers. The 50-foot Castle Rock (el. 3,214') boast a number of worthy TRs, some of which like "Aeronautical Engineer" (5.11b), "Mega Blast" (5.10c) and "Farewell to Arms" (5.10a) are established local classics. The surrounding area also contains dozens of uniquely shaped boulders, like the Beak, the Spoon, the Pyramid, and the Magoos, all within a few minutes walk of the main east face.
Walking up a wide trail about 1/4 mile from the Main Castle Rock State Park parking lot will bring you to the center of the action.
Addendum: There are 2 trails that for a loop that go to Castle Rock. The left trail out of the parking lot seems easier.
Weather station 4.6 miles from here
6 Total Climbing Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Castle Rock Proper:
Featured Route For Castle Rock Proper
Access Route 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a California
: San Francisco Bay Area
: ... : Castle Rock Proper
On the left side of the south face of Castle Rock is probably the easiest way to the top. Once this may have been considered 5.0, but erosion has left this a bit trickier.You can start up a crack on the left side with big stems or go around left and pass a bulge. Pass another minor bulge with an awkward crack. Thread a natural slot, and move left. One small step and you're on top.You can downclimb this or rappel off to the north.It can get busy with clients or downclimbers.You might...[more] Browse More Classics in California