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The Hostess Rock Climbing 

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Location: 37.2339, -122.1233 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Brian Snider on Dec 29, 2011
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This is a well featured slab of sandstone hidden just off the Ridge Trail about a 100 yards east of Goat Rock. There is a few top rope climbs ranging from 5.8 to 5.10. Judging by the amount of sand and moss on this rock it doesn't seem to get a lot of traffic. This would be a great area for a cool day as it gets lots of sun. The base of the climbs are a little treacherous so it might not be good for groups.

Getting There 

From the CRSP parking lot take the ridge trail towards Goat Rock. About 100 yards before you get to GR there is a few large formations up above the trail hidden in the trees. This one is just before Billy Goat Rock and only 30 feet off the trail, but may still be hard to see. Scramble through the brush to the right and around back to the left to find the anchors. Two bolts for one side and natural pro for the other.

Climbing Season

For the Castle Rock Area area.

Weather station 3.7 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Getting cleaner but surrounded by dirt and moss.

Full Service 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  California : San Francisco Bay Area : ... : The Hostess
On top of the Hostess Formation and to the left are two top-rope anchor bolts for setting up this route. Bit of dirt near the bottom, but lately it's been cleaning up more....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of The Hostess Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Fun finish on a nice pinnacle.
BETA PHOTO: Fun finish on a nice pinnacle.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Hostess
BETA PHOTO: The Hostess

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By Brian Snider
From: NorCal
Feb 26, 2012
I hope people continue to ignore this formation. While there was nearly a dozen TRs on Goat Rock today not single person payed any attention to this great piece of rock hidden just off the trail.
By Bruce Morris
From: Belmont, CA
Aug 3, 2014
Think the Hostess is a 100 yds east (not west) of Goat Rock.
By JJ Furman
Nov 1, 2015
Hostess is a great little spot that the whole family was able to enjoy (even my 7 year old). All climbs had sustained difficulty at their level, and each had real "I'm having fun!" moments. Trees shade the afternoon sun for belay.

FYI, I found a trad piece left behind at the top... describe it and I'll send it. (hint: it's on an older carabiner with a blue gate)

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