Shady almost all day...usually freezing in the winter (when the west face is in prime season), great in the summer. This side of Castle Rock is a bit steeper than the west face and is more featured. Stacked with 5.10-5.11 lines.
The base does have a bit of poison oak, but the bases of the routes are largely oak-free, and if you access the wall from above (rather than hiking around from the west face) it's largely avoidable. Certainly not unclimbable as the comment below suggests.
Approach directly by continuing up the ridge ~200' past the descent to the west face. Drop over the saddle and follow a trail that hugs the wall. Alternatively, hike around the base of Castle Rock from the west face.
Climbing Season For the Redwood Coast area.
Weather station 4.4 miles from here
10 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For North Face
Heart Of Darkness 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a California
: Redwood Coast
: ... : North Face
Climb the technical slab with the first crux coming low, then finish up an overhang on long reaches between big holds. The second crux comes just before the last bolt pulling past a left-hand scoop to a jug.The upper part was originally bolted by Zach Miller, and started on gear in a corner that is now heavily vegetated. Apparently he never returned for the redpoint or named it....[more] Browse More Classics in California
From: Oakland CA
May 30, 2012
The base below this whole face is a Poison Oak garden. I'd go so far as to say it is unclimbable without someone going in and doing a little work.