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Mount Doom is a spectacular pyramid-like crag hidden away in the brush of Castle Rock State Park, northwest of Goat Rock. Although visible from below, via the Saratoga Gap Trail, the difficult approach guarantees some degree of solitude, relative to Goat. The easiest route, "Slab Route", is a long and sporty 5.7 on Mount Doom's expansive west face. An amazing number of anchor bolts allow numerous toprope options on other routes.

Getting There 

From the CRSP parking lot, descend toward Castle Rock falls for about 1/2 mile. Follow signs to Goat Rock and continue for another 1/2 mile. Just a short distance past Goat Rock, turn left toward the scenic overlook. Turn right onto a faint use trail about a hundred feet from the overlook proper. The track improves as you descend steeply through Manzanita and Madrone. After a couple hundred yards, you arrive at the shaded south face of Mount Doom.

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Weather station 4.7 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in Mount Doom

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mount Doom:
Slab Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
West Face   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 45'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Summit Route , Mt. Doom

Summit Route 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b  California : San Francisco Bay Area : ... : Mount Doom
A short little route. Start off a large separate boulder onto the formation. Move up and clip a couple of bolts and then try to pull the crux on , what else , sloping holds. It may be harder than 5.10a if you chose not to use the big hole out left of the route. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Mike Arechiga on, West Face 5.10b
Mike Arechiga on, West Face 5.10b
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Doom Telephoto
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By Morgan Brown
Nov 8, 2002
Etymology: Mount Doom was named by Chris Hawn. Chris told me in an e-mail that, "I was big on the Lord of the Rings trilogy 20 years ago, and when I/we came across the obelisk from the regular trail, it just seemed plain it was Mount Doom. Plus, as we bushwhacked up to it, we thought we were "doomed" many times! The name seemed appropriate."
By vincent L.
From: Redwood City
Dec 7, 2008
A worthy little crag. The approach is about 25 minutes from the parking lot. The easiest way to set up a TR is to climb the 5.7 slab route. Very pretty views from the top, one can see the ocean.

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