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Handley Rock Park

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Left Offwidth TR 
Lower bouldering cave  
Pocket Face TR 
Right Of Crack 1 S,TR 
Right Of Crack 2 TR 
Right Of Crack 3 S,TR 
Upper Bouldering Cave 

Handley Rock Park Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Miles C on Sep 26, 2011
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A medium-large rock located in the middle of a fairly hilly residential area. Bouldering, sport, and TR climbs exist. The hours of the park are from 9am-sunset, and it is closed to climbing on the third weekend of every month. The rock is sandstone similar to that in the castle rock area. There are a decent variety of routes, ranging from 5.7 to 5.12, plus bouldering up to v6.

Getting There 

Handley Rock park is located in a neighborhood off the Edgewood Rd. exit from 280 near Redwood city. A GPS or very detailed map is almost necessary to navigate the labyrinth of streets nearby. The rock is literally ten feet from the small parking area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Handley Rock Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Handley Rock Park:
Left Offwidth   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   
Pocket Face   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: The route is just left of the drop

Left Offwidth 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c  California : San Francisco Bay Area : ... : Handley Rock Park
The leftmost crack on the backside of the main rock, and the only offwidth crack of any real length. A nice combination of offwidth, layback, and face climbing....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: June 15, 2017
 Handley Rock Park
 Closed to the Pu...
BETA PHOTO: June 15, 2017 Handley Rock Park Closed to the Pu...
Rock Climbing Photo: The tough-as-balls face climb.
BETA PHOTO: The tough-as-balls face climb.
Rock Climbing Photo: Upper level of Handley Rock. Image stolen from roc...
BETA PHOTO: Upper level of Handley Rock. Image stolen from roc...
Rock Climbing Photo: Yet another super sketchy bolt. (Don't worry, I di...
BETA PHOTO: Yet another super sketchy bolt. (Don't worry, I di...
Rock Climbing Photo: These two bolts drop to a tough face climb. I clim...
BETA PHOTO: These two bolts drop to a tough face climb. I clim...
Rock Climbing Photo: More creative bolting
BETA PHOTO: More creative bolting
Rock Climbing Photo: Sketchy, sketchy sport bolts. There's a variety of...
BETA PHOTO: Sketchy, sketchy sport bolts. There's a variety of...
Rock Climbing Photo: Lots of regulations  (Including, outrageously, tha...
BETA PHOTO: Lots of regulations (Including, outrageously, tha...
Rock Climbing Photo: You're there
You're there
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the top
View from the top

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By Yair Horowitz
Dec 12, 2011
It's too bad that there isn't more info out there on this crag. Here's some of what you need to know:

1 - There's an unfortunate amount of graffiti and trash on the rock

2 - Top rope access is to the left of the rock as you approach from the parking area, before you actually start to go around the monolith

3 - Technically there are sport climbs here, but I wouldn't trust ANY of the bolts if someone paid me

4 - The bolting at the top is really weird. Some super-solid bolts, some spinners, some small rusty bits, and most routes only have a single bolt. I backed everything up, although it was difficult to back up certain routes. (The routes with a single bolt have 3/4" x 6" construction eye bolts, but still... one bolt doesn't do it for me.)

5 - Cool caves. Check them out.
By Arthur E
From: Madison, WI
Dec 21, 2011
Thanks for adding this, Yair! This is a great little spot with some fun and challenging climbs. Great description, the only things I would add:

1). If you're feeling nice bring along a trash bag and pick up some trash while you're there.

2). I wouldn't even list Sport as a possibility here. All the bolts are super rusted and some are hanging half way out of their holes!

3). Park is at the intersection of Sylvan Way and Handley Trail, for those using Google Maps.
By Pierson Bourquin
From: San Francisco, California
Nov 13, 2013
I would offer Handley Rock is a diamond in the rough. It needs to be picked up, for sure!! But, I enjoyed the crack climb to the left of the cave on the South side and the face climb to the right of the cave also.

I understand SheClimbs Bay Area is doing a clean up this Saturday 11/16/13. Way to go SheClimbs!!!

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