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Table Rock early May


Despite being the Bay Area's tallest cliff, this swath of stone has remained off of the majority of the Bay's climbers radar. Every wonder what that giant cliff was on the right hand side of 29 as you drive east towards the MSH parking area out of Calistoga?

That's Table Rock!

While the rock is unfortunately a bit on the soft / chossy side, it features an amazing variety of pockets, crimpers, and jugs on terrain ranging from slab to wild overhangs.


Table Rock:
Take The Table Rock Overlook Trail out of the SW side of the South Lot (gps N 38.39.155 W122.35.961). This trail winds uphill for about 1.0 mile towards the Overlook. Prior to reaching the overlook at 0.5 Miles in you will see a trail marker showing you to turn right and is reassuring you that you are on the right trail!

When you get to the marker, stay true to the trail by going right up more switchbacks to the Overlook. Once there, head down and left into the valley. You will pass a small stone walkway maze thing that is kind of funny. Keep going down. Eventually you will reach a small more flat area where the trail bends right and becomes a bit smaller. Follow this down hill further. You will shortly pass a small formation on your right, which may eventually contain routes. Keep going down. At the 2nd small formation, the trail will bend sharp left, at this point you will want to go right around the north side of the rocks. There is another option to continue to follow the TR trail to the top and scramble down one of the gullies to the face.

Once you head to the right, follow the obvious trail that crosses Garnet Creek then heads down towards another section of the creek. Once down, head right paralleling the creek over a small rock outcrop, THEN, cross the stream and pick up the old road on
the other side. Recently this road was signed as no trespassing, but climbers have not run into any trouble. Please make sure you close the gate! If this access closes, then continue on the Table Rock trail to top of crag and scramble down one of the gullies on the left side of the cliff (easy 3rd class).

Follow the road till a right bend. To head up to the The Cave, scramble up the slope then follow the small trail up to the base. It crosses a small gully while traversing West. To go directly to the Iron Curtain (gps N38.38.577 W122.34.969) and other downhill walls, keep on the road for another 200 yards until a pipe is seen. Head uphill here and then traverse back and forth up to the wall. Total Hike : ~2 miles / Takes about 1 hour each way.

Getting There 

East on Highway 29 out of Calistoga. Approximately 9 miles up the hill towards Middletown after several steep / sharp switchbacks is a parking lot on both side of the road at a summit. A Robert Luis Stevenson State Park sign preceeds the parking when coming in from the West by about 200 yards. For Table Rock, park on the right (south) side which is where the trailhead begins.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.0 miles from here

37 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',17],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Table Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Table Rock:
Decorator Crab   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Shock Block
Warcraft   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Shock Block
Beer Factor   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Shock Block
Drive-In   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 45'   The Shock Block
Internet Superhero   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   The Lair
Standard Issue   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Iron Curtain
Lost Cause   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Shock Block
Moderator   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 3 pitches, 270'   The Shock Block
Aloha Patrol   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 4 pitches, 300'   Iron Curtain
Grape Juice   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Wine Wall
Caliman   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 98'   Sports Wall
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Featured Route For Table Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Doniel Drazin on Double Top Secret

Double Top Secret 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  California : San Francisco Bay Area : ... : Iron Curtain
Start in the crack alcove. Climb the left wall to a large cobble, then transfer onto the steep pillar above. The "Thank God" cobble quickly gives way to steep jug hauling on awesome features....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Table Rock Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: 2 teams on the Iron Curtain
2 teams on the Iron Curtain
Rock Climbing Photo: Shock Block can be seen on the right here.
BETA PHOTO: Shock Block can be seen on the right here.
Rock Climbing Photo: Table Rock in early May
Table Rock in early May
Rock Climbing Photo: Small crag across the valley from The Iron Curtain...
Small crag across the valley from The Iron Curtain...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice views from the base of the cliff.
Nice views from the base of the cliff.
Rock Climbing Photo: Weird rock labyrinths on the approach.
Weird rock labyrinths on the approach.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cool places to chill out at the base of Table Rock
Cool places to chill out at the base of Table Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Table Rock in all its glory!
BETA PHOTO: Table Rock in all its glory!

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By stevecurtis
From: Petaluma California
Dec 29, 2012
Aaron: thanks for posting the information. The routes are fun, and a unique experience. All the bolts I've used have been solid. Any glue ins?

The hand holds are generally solid, foot nubbins are generally crumbly. It is uncertain if the routes will sustain a prolonged assault by bay area climbers. During your first day or two climbing table, you might find the grades about appropriate. For me, once I got accustomed to the tuft, I found the grades a bit soft. I took some falls on one of the hard routes without incident. A hold broke on one of the lower angle routes, and I was cheese grated for 5 or so feet. No sutures.

Anyway, the largest bay area cliff, in exceptional surroundings. A low climbing profile is probably a good idea.
From: San Francisco
Jan 27, 2013
Thanks for posting the beta. I was pretty excited to check this area out after seeing it on my first trip to Mt. St. Helena. Although I must say,... some the routes make Pinnacles seem bomber! Agree that the area probably won't sustain heavy traffic but I think the approach alone will prevent a full assault.
By Rough
Jan 27, 2013
The area will slowly clean up. Remember, this area is newly "unwrapped" and most of the routes have seen only a few ascents at most. Totally agree though that the hike will stop most people from returning, though once you know how it goes, it isn't too bad :)
By broppler
From: Oakland
Mar 10, 2013
We found the approach to be preferable to the stuff on the other side of the road... more trail/less fire rd. Helmets are mandatory.
By Tyson Miller
From: Hanover, NH
Aug 26, 2013
Very chossy rock. My partner pulled off a Microwave sized rock that almost hit me and a toaster oven that did. I would recommend not climbing here.
By J. Albers
From: Colorado
Oct 31, 2013
Indeed the climbing here is atune to mud-o-neering. I can't really see how this place will ever clean up because underneath the surface mud is, well, more mud. Moreover I couldn't help but wonder whether a bolt, even a long one, can truly be trusted for long. How many loading cycles have to occur before the "rock" compressing the bolt is fractured enough to fail? Pretty place and nice hike though.
By splitclimber
Nov 19, 2013
WOW Tyson. So you climbed every route here and think every one is a bomb?

Lame of you. Totally lame. So you don't like the rock here. We get it. Stop polluting the quality ratings with your bombs.

That rock must have hit you in the head.
By J. Albers
From: Colorado
Nov 19, 2013
Take it easy there split. I haven't climbed ever route here either, but that doesn't mean one can't come to the obvious conclusion that this cliff is 'rock' in only the most technical sense. I climbed a handful of the 'classics' and they were all mud piles. I didn't give every route I did a bomb, but I think I was being generous, i.e. I would not fault someone for giving them bombs. Sorry if that mortally offends your sense of justice.
By splitclimber
Nov 20, 2013
in the big scheme of things, I don't care at all. Yes, probably plenty of climbs deserving of bombs, but it seems like Tyler had a bad day there and vented by bombing every climb.

No personal attacks. Just calling the action lame, that's all.
By AndrewFranklin
From: San Fransisco
Aug 23, 2014
Rock on the moderator is super solid I thought...just don't get your rope stuck when you repel like I did. lol. Fun area with a solid approach.
By jimi thornburg
Feb 27, 2015
It really is a disservice to bomb every route at the whole crag when you haven't climbed all of them. For sure, there are some real piles at this place, but there are also a few really nice climbs
By Kelley Gilleran
From: Sacramento, Ca
Mar 28, 2016
Definitely a fun crag. My partner and I climbed all day in the shade and only saw 1 party show up at 4pm. Be aware of hikers throwing rocks off the top! I think these routes will evolve into decent climbs with routine route maintenence.
By Burlen
May 1, 2016
climbed here a couple times. it was a lot of fun. pretty dam chossy though. toward the end of the day, we had just rapped down off aloha, a toaster size rust colored rock slammed down about 2 feet from my pal. pretty sketchy. could have easily killed one of us.

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