This trad dome feels of the Sierra, though it's in the Cascades. At about 1,000 feet tall, there are routes for climbers of all abilities on all sides of the rock. Climbing and rock are in some cases excellent, and in other cases quite terrifying.
All routes decend of the hiking trail, which is a 15 minute third class scramble down some frictiony surfaces on the West side of the rock heading back to the observation deck.
There are no access issues, and you can camp closeby if you don't feel like making the trek back to the car at night.
Hike the VERY long and steadily uphill Castle Crags path from the Vista Point parking area. Hike 2.7 miles to the observation deck, and the west face of the rock will be in front of you in all it's glory.
Many routes start on the other side of the rock, and there are many approaches and strategies to getting to those.
Weather station 4.3 miles from here
4 Total Routes
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: Shasta Cascade
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I climbed this route with Grover Shipman who has a guide book published called "Mt. Shasta Area Rock Climbing" that has proven more than useful. This route was one of the best I had done in the area. It was exposed, scenic, a mix of shade and sun. And some of the scariest rock I have climbed on(though nothing blew out or fell so that was nice)the route starts out with a few exposed moves on pretty solid rock, which was nice because the first placement was 15 feet up. shortly after that you get t...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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