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L to R R to L Alpha
Blowing Bubbles S,TR 
Cum Slot T,TR 
Dismal Abysmal S,TR 
Donkey Dong S,TR 
High On Testosterone T,S 
Hocus S,TR 
Jail Bird S,TR 
Krokus S,TR 
Puckered Starfish S,TR 
South Face S,TR 
Strip Poker S 
Viscious Circles S,TR 

Indian Rock Rock Climbing 

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Location: 37.2319, -122.0934 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Aron Quiter, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Aron Quiter on Jul 8, 2002  with updates from Lukas Wiborg

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Like the rest of Castle Rock, this rock consists of sandstone, with routes ranging from 20 feet to ~60 feet in length. Climbing is primarily sport, though a mixed route and a few trad routes also exist. Toprope potential exists on all climbs, though setting up a top rope on the northern climbs deserves some caution due to the exposure on the top of Indian Rock.

You'll usually find this area in the shade, as it is surrounded by trees on all sides. The tops of many routes and the rock itself are usually in the sun.

Beware of broken glass in the footpaths on the lower climbs, especially in leaf piles. This glass is probably due to late nighters who feel that tossing their beer bottles is fun. Also, beware sticking your hands places you haven't seen if you're climbing a route for the first time, especially if it looks like the route hasn't been climbed in a while.

SIDE NOTE: (DOGS ALLOWED!) This crag is the only one in the area that you are able to take dogs to. So if you can't live without your four-legged friends this one is for you!!

Getting There 

Approach time: 3 - 5 minutes.

From the main Castle Rock parking lot, walk or drive east 150 yards to an opening on the opposite side of the street, which is the entrance to Sanborn-Skyline County Park.

There will be a sign a short ways (like 50 feet) in stating (among other things) "Indian Rock .1M", Go past this sign on the trail which will head up the hill and gradually left. You will find Indian Rock on the right side of this trail jutting 30 feet out of the ground, and surrounded by small boulders.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.7 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Indian Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Indian Rock:
Puckered Starfish   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Blowing Bubbles   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 50'   
Viscious Circles   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Cum Slot   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 50'   
Dismal Abysmal   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
Donkey Dong   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   
Krokus   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Krokus 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a California : San Francisco Bay Area : ... : Indian Rock
Located in the middle of the south side, this route is nearly always in the shade. This interesting climb isn't too much about power, just keeping yourself balanced on a route with minimal footholds. There's a 5.11 move in the bottom near the first bolt that involves a smear move, and then sustained 5.11 lieback from the second bolt to the top, getting tougher as you move up. The crux is getting yourself to the top anchors, as the feet are non-existant in this section.For an added burn, link thi...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Peter Monks
Jul 13, 2002
Quite similar to the sandstone in Sydney (Australia), but finer grained and therefore easier on your tips.
By Blitzo
Sep 12, 2006
The yellowjackets get pretty aggressive in this area.
By Lukas Wiborg
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 23, 2016
This area is one of the easiest to access in the Castle Rock area and is great for a day where you want to climb outside but don't have quite as much time.

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