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Shipwreck Wall is home to a nice selection of difficult, vertical sandstone climbs. The rock is mostly solid, although it gets crumbly near the top of some routes and in any area not yet developed. Routes range from a few short, easier 5.9 to 5.11 climbs to 80' 5.12 fun. Judging by the appearance of recent bolt lines, this wall is still being developed.Shipwreck Wall is in direct sunlight through the whole afternoon. Enjoy the sunset!

Getting There 

In the following, I'm assuming that the ocean is due west of the Fisk Mill Cove beach.

Shipwreck Wall is located on the northwest side of Sentinel Rock (assuming the ocean is directly west at that point).

Take the northwest trail at the end of the parking lot. Continue past the sign that says Sentinel Rock (that path leads to the observation deck above the climbing areas) and follow the sketchy staircase on your left to the beach. Sentinel Rock is the large sandstone crag on the south end of the beach (on the left). Walk around the rock, clambering across the big beach rocks, to the ocean-facing side. When you see bolts, you've reached Shipwreck Wall.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.6 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Shipwreck Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Shipwreck Wall:
Skaliwag   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Peg Leg   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For Shipwreck Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Great Route.  Photo:  Kyle Turner.

Yardarm 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b  California : San Francisco Bay Area : ... : Shipwreck Wall
Yardarm is the route just left of the Peg Leg (5.9), and is easily indentified having the leftmost bolt in the "base" area. If you head up this bolt and continue straight up (instead of moving left once you get to the top anchors halfway up), this is Yardarm.The first section, which is shared with several other climbs goes at 5.11a/b, though it's a tough 5.11a/b. Continue up through a simpler less than vertical section, and move into an overhung crux section about 55 feet off the ground. Once...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Cliff meets sea. Skaliwag at Shipwreck Wall
Cliff meets sea. Skaliwag at Shipwreck Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Good perspective...
BETA PHOTO: Good perspective...
Rock Climbing Photo: photo:kyle turner
photo:kyle turner
Rock Climbing Photo: Shipwreck Wall from far accross the beach..
BETA PHOTO: Shipwreck Wall from far accross the beach..

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By John Hovell
From: San Francisco, California
Jun 5, 2017
As of June 4, 2017 there is at least one active raptor nest on Shiprock wall. We did not notice the nest which is far to the left of Yard Arm below another set of unknown anchors, but upon climbing the route that splits from Yard Arm a member of our group was repeatedly dive-bombed by the nesting birds and got some talons to the scalp for his persistence. Getting our draws back was an ordeal and at least a little bit scary (pro tip you can rap off the observation deck at the top of the wall for a speedy draw removal. Second pro tip: maintaining eye contact with the birds seemed to make them less likely to strike).

I'd recommend avoiding this wall until possibly much later in the season when the raptor fledglings have left the nest... at the very least I would stay far right of the wall, perhaps the routes to the right of Yard Arm but even still the birds were bothering other climbers (and vice versa apparently).

I notice this area does not have any notices about nesting closures, guessing that might be because there's no governing body. If we were in a closed area it was due to ignorance. First time fighting with a bird to be up on a wall and I can say it's not fun.
By Pat Ronan
Jul 10, 2017
Confirming John's comment. Cormorant actively nesting on the wall at the treasure chest, and Falcons were buzzing me as i stood atop the rock/tried to approach from the beach. As of 7/8, i would still shy away from climbing here, or at least approach cautiously. A photographer told me she was just protecting a sea gull she had just killed, and is no longer nesting

Also, heads up on poison oak in the woods!
By bmdhacks
Sep 6, 2017
Climbed there last week and did not spot any nesting cormorants, but HOLY COW was there a lot of shit on the wall. My shoes and hands were white from bird shit after climbing skaliwag and I repeatedly grabbed and knocked down barfed-up bone pellets on the ledges. Stuff on the left side was better but I did spot a Peregrine land on the wall to the left.

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