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Topping out on eastern face of turtle rock


Ring Mountain is a scenic collection of boulders in the Marin Headlands, ranging from about 20 to 50 feet in height. They offer a variety of problems and top roped climbing on some interesting rock.

No useful bolts or anchors are present on the rocks. Bring long slings (~40') and nuts to take care of your anchor needs. The rock is friendly on the hands; it's good for sticking small holds. Feet tend to be a bit more slippery. The rock at Turtle Rock is schist and somewhat reminiscent Rumney, NH.

Access is free and the area is open from sunrise to sunset.

Getting There 

To get there, exit at Paradise Drive from the 101 freeway a few exits south from where it meets the 580.

At the off ramps, drive a short distance east, towards the Bay. On Google Maps this shows as Tamalpais Drive.

Paradise Road is the very first possible right hand turn, and comes before the traffic light.

Follow Paradise Drive as it winds south and east for around 2 miles.

Turn right onto Taylor Road, and follow it to its end.

Park your vehicle here.

At the parking lot there are two paved paths leading into the hills. Walking uphill and to the left will bring you to Split Rock. Walking uphill and to the right will bring you to Turtle Rock.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ring Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ring Mountain:
Traverse Jr.   V2 5+     Boulder, 8'   Turtle Rock
Turtle Rock Traverse   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Turtle Rock
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Featured Route For Ring Mountain
Rock Climbing Photo: Right side crack 5.7

North Face Crack Right 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  California : San Francisco Bay Area : ... : Split Rock
Solid crack that slowly fades away to a slabby finish. Seems pretty easy until the crack and your pro disappear. Belay from the other side of the split. If your setting up a top rope be sure to climb the variation to the left and right side of the crack....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: East Face looking South
East Face looking South
Rock Climbing Photo: Most of the routes at split rock are pretty easy, ...
Most of the routes at split rock are pretty easy, ...

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By Anonymous Coward
Jan 4, 2004
Note that the directions above are if you are coming from the north on 101. From the south turn right at the end of the exit ramp and then follow the directions above. At the parking lot there are two paved paths leading into the hills. Walking uphill and to the left will bring you to split rock. Walking uphill and to the right will bring you to turtle rock.

The rock at Turtle Rock is schist and reminds a little of Rumney, NH.
By Evan Riley
From: San Francisco, CA
May 25, 2013
After you get done climbing out here be sure to hit up Lucinda's for some killer cheap healthy Mexican food. The tamales and the carnitas are to die for.
By Beckie Menten
May 18, 2016
Climbers be warned - there is typically a ton of broken glass on turtle rock, particularly on the south east side of the rock. Not a great place to hang out barefoot! Consider bringing a trash bag.
By noah dailey
Dec 9, 2016
Poison oak is present at turtle, avoid stepping/touching areas below the rock.

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