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Q: rock climbing in the Bay Area ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: rock climbing in the Bay Area
Category: Sports and Recreation > Outdoors
Asked by: font9a-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 03 Nov 2002 11:41 PST
Expires: 03 Dec 2002 11:41 PST
Question ID: 97427
I am interested to know 10 to 15 places to boulder within a 90 minute
drive of Menlo Park. This would exclude Yosemite, but include Castle
Rock for example. Specifically, I would like to know a brief
description (bouldering or topriping or sport climbing or trad, approx
size (tiny, big), type of cliff: steep, vert, slab). I also need brief
driving directions from Menlo Park and approximate driving time.
Subject: Re: rock climbing in the Bay Area
Answered By: pkp-ga on 30 Nov 2002 18:53 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi font9a,

Here are the top 11 destinations that are within 90 minutes of Menlo
Park. (I also included an additional one that is 2 hrs away.) All of
them, as well as many more that are slightly further away, are
described in great detail at

I have provided a brief summary of all the info you asked for, but the
provided url for each climb gives much more detailed directions,
reviews, and specific rocks and routes up particular rocks. For
several spots, I could not find a specification for steep, vert, slab,
but the detailed climb descriptions (3 - 12 per rock) should provide
more than enough context for you to determine this. Please let me know
if this is not the case and I can attempt to provide clarification.
Ditto for driving directions.

At the end, I have also provided additional useful resources for
bouldering such as books and mailing lists.

Outdoor Destinations

1. Beaver Street Wall, San Francisco
   31.89 miles  Total Estimated Time: 37 minutes 
   type: topropeable and trad
   size: small
   cliff type: "glasslike rock"

2. Castle Rock, near Saratoga
   21.8 miles  Approximate Travel Time:  28 mins  
   type: sport, trad, boulding and top rope 
   size: big
   cliff type: "sandstone"

3. Cragmont Park, Berkeley
   Total Distance: 43.95 miles  Total Estimated Time: 50 minutes 
   type: top rope 
   size: small
   cliff type: "shorter slab routes"

4. Grizzly Peak Boulders, Berkely
   Total Distance: 40 miles  Total Estimated Time: 50 minutes 
   type: "interesting traversy problems, in addition to a
   few overhung routes on the large initial rock"   
   size: tiny
   cliff type: "granite "

5. Indian Rock, Berkeley
   Total Distance: 40 miles  Total Estimated Time: 50 minutes 
   type: unknown
   size: small-medium
   cliff type: steep & vertical

6. Red Rock Beach, aka "Mickey's Beach", Near Stinson Beach on the
north coast
   Distance:  51.8 miles  Approximate Travel Time:  1 hour 18 mins 
   type: bouldering
   size: medium
   cliff type: steep & vertical
   other notes:
   according to the GPS Rock climbing guide at:
   "probably the best hard sport climbing in the Bay Area and some
   Its a beautiful clothing optional beach and a great place to climb
   boulder without any clothes."

7. Mount Diablo
   Distance:  45.3 miles  Approximate Travel Time:  58 mins
   type: trad, top rope, and sport, some bouldering 
   size: large
   cliff type: steep & vertical

8. Mount St. Helena, near calistoga (too far I know but it had great
   Distance:  105.6 miles  Approximate Travel Time:  2 hours 
   type: trad and sport
   size: medium
   cliff type: volcanic, varies by climb
9.Mount Tamalpais
   Distance:  60 miles  Approximate Travel Time:  1 hour 30 mins 
   type: toprope, trad 
   size: medium
   cliff type: jagged volcanic rock, varies by climb

10.Remillard Park, Berkeley
   Total Distance: 40 miles  Total Estimated Time: 50 minutes 
   type: top-rope
   size: small
   cliff type: steep & vertical

11. Ring Mountain (includes turtle rock, Marin near Tiburon
   Distance:  38.9 miles  Approximate Travel Time:  56 mins
   type: bouldering and toprope 
   size: medium
   cliff type: unknown

12. Sunol Regional Wilderness
   Distance:  aprox 40 miles  Approximate Travel Time:  60 mins  
   type: toprope
   size: medium
   cliff type: "wide variety of rock types"

Indoor Destinations
Mission Cliffs

"50 ft. High Lead Wall
14,000 sq. ft. of Climbing Terrain
2,000 sq. ft. Innovative Dual-Level Bouldering
Over 40 Top and Lead Ropes"

Directions: Take 101 to the Cesar Chavez exit. Veer right on to
Potrero. Follow Potrero to 19th Street. Turn left on to 19th Street
and follow that to Harrison Street. We are at 2295 Harrison Street.

Sites that describe bay area rock climbing destinations:

GPS Rock climbing guide at:

Other Useful Resources
A comprehensive guide to books on bay area rock climbing can be found
"Bouldering, Buildering and Climbing in the San Francisco Bay Region
(third edition)" is mentioned as a good bouldering resource book.

Bay Area Rock - 
San Francisco Bay area Discussion forum and Chat.

Search Terms Used: rock climbing San Francisco

Hope you have fun bouldering!

font9a-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
exactly what I was looking for.


Subject: Re: rock climbing in the Bay Area
From: gentryunderwood-ga on 03 Nov 2002 13:33 PST
check out -- it seems to cover
most f the bay areay climbs that i'm aware of...


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