Castle Rock Rock Climbing
Isaac on the aesthetic arete of "Law-Son"...
|Watch for raptors, if they are there, climb somewhere else|
Castle Rock is an approximately 150' slab of limestone with routes on the usually sunny west face and most recently, the more shady north face. There is a mix of slab, face, crack and arete climbing. Most routes are bolted, but some are mixed and now thanks to Tom, there are a few great gear routes. All routes have two bolt anchors. The rock quality varies from mostly bullet hard on the west face to slightly lower-quality on the north face. Most of the large stuff has been cleaned but the occasional loose stone can still be encountered. Chances are if you head to Castle Rock you'll have the place to yourself.
Directions to the crag:
(1) Take a right on Underwood Mountain Road (just east of Burnt Ranch) if coming from Arcata on Hwy 299. Set your odometer to zero.
(2) At 4.0 miles, take a right on 5N40 Rd.
(3) At 6.2 miles (from Hwy 299) you'll pass by the Trinity Aretes.
(4) At 9.5 miles, park on your right at a small turnout/old road, that is closed by a large berm.
(5) Hike down the road for about 5 minutes. The road ends at a large cul-de-sac. Just before reaching the cul-de-sac, look for a culvert on your right. Head straight up to the ridgeline and over, eventually skirting the left side of Castle Rock to the base. About 5 minutes from leaving road to the base.
Climbing Season For the Redwood Coast area.
Weather station 4.4 miles from here
19 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Castle Rock
Hagakure 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c California
: Redwood Coast
: ... : West Face
Killer technical climbing on immaculate stone. The first crux comes right off the bat, pulling through smalls crimps and scoops to a good undercling. The difficulties ease off slightly for a few bolts, with the second crux coming at about mid-height on poor gastons and sidepulls with terrible feet. Finish up the steeper headwall, with a final power crux moving past a small crimp rail. Full on pretty much start to finish....[more] Browse More Classics in California
From: Oakland CA
May 30, 2012
base of North Face is covered in Poison Oak.