Indian Rock Rock Climbing
South Face 5.8+
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!!
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.
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
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Indian Rock:
Cum Slot 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR, 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'
Featured Route For Indian Rock
Donkey Dong 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a CA
: San Francisco Bay Area
: ... : Indian Rock
Climb the arete on the right side of the South face, working mostly around the corner in the tall narrow pocket. The climb consists of a large juggy haul up an overhung section of the rock, with a fun reachy finish at the top. For the 12a finish, work up and well left from the fourth bolt, and it's 11c if you continue up the arete. Be mindful that even though you've climbed the first 10 feet of the climb, there is stall groundfall (or slabfall, I guess) after the first bolt....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
By Peter Monks
Jul 13, 2002
Quite similar to the sandstone in Sydney (Australia), but finer grained and therefore easier on your tips.
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.