|Castle Rock & Sanborn-Skyline Parks
Castle Rock State Park is one of the larger climbing regions in the area, hosting a variety of sport, trad, boulding and top rope problems.
The rock is mostly sandstone, making it fairly easy on the hands and dynos quite slap happy.
Access into the main park will cost you a couple of dollars, but that shouldn't deter you. If money is a concern, you can also park outside the main area and walk into the park.
The bouldering at Castle Rock is some of the best in the state, if not the whole western U.S.
From the North: Drive to the town of Saratoga, which is located a little southwest of San Jose. Find Saratoga by heading south on the 101 a little past the Dumbarton Bridge. Take the 85 south exit, which is also the Cupertino / Santa Cruz exit. Take 85 south for about 10 miles, and exit on Saratoga Ave. Go right onto Saratoga, and follow this road through town. Saratoga Ave becomes Hwy 9, or Big Basin Way. Go up the mountain, and hang a left on Skyline Boulevard (35), which will be the 1st major intersection out of town. The main park is about 2.5 miles up on the right side, and is prominently marked.
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Skill Saw Gourmet 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a CA
: San Francisco Bay
: ... : Summit Rock
Skill Saw Gourmet is a lot tougher than it looks. The move to the first bolt is challenging but is easier than what follows. After you clip it you have a myriad of flared hands and suspect feet at your disposal. Move right past the second bolt and work the arete up past the next couple bolts. Its like a good boulder problem followed by some more pumpy stuff.Finally you reach an easy slab which you basically walk up until the steeper part right at the top. For this it is wise to place a cam ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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|Comments on Castle Rock & Sanborn-Skyline Parks
Sep 12, 2006
The rock here, although short, is pretty cool. The forest is beautiful! The bugs get annoying and the yellowjackets are vicious!
Dec 24, 2007
After learning to climb around here, I moved to Colorado... I would definitely recommend leaving the Bay Area if you want to be a climber.
|By Aron Quiter|
From: Oakland, CA
Jan 5, 2008
|By K Ice|
From: Saint Paul, MN
Apr 17, 2008
This area has really cool rock formations. The park service has put together a very nice pamphlet on how it's formed that you can buy for just $2. Check it out!
|By Colin Simon|
From: Boulder, CO
May 5, 2009
Hah, I learned to climb at Castle and also moved to Boulder. And yeah, it's way, way better here.
From: santa rosa, cali
Nov 13, 2009
the bay area rocks! all you haters - stay in boulder with all the other snobby lizard people.
Castle has some great problems!
|By Timmy! Tormey|
From: Fakeville, USA
Nov 23, 2009
I'm not sure if the boulder dudes are serious or not. Creeping on their photos for a while only produced pictures of climbing in far away areas (Indian Creek is 7? hours from boulder) and the greasy traverse in boulder notorious for getting smeared with poo poo from time to time. If that's what you're referring to as 'way, way better'...
On the positive side... I stumbled upon this park with my friend about 6 or 7 years ago and it seemed quite nice. It was very peaceful.
Jan 17, 2010
Tick Marks are not an accepted practice at CRSP without sufficient water or wiping off to remove their presence before moving to a new problem.
Feb 4, 2011
Any good camping nearby?
|By Gary L. Reno|
Feb 10, 2011
Castle is a great place to climb. Expecially for those who need a break from Yosemite. I have never been to Fountaineblaeu, but I've been told Castle mirrors it. Maybe its not so grandiose, but maybe a great place to train?
|By Brian Snider|
Feb 16, 2011
Your best camping option is in the park. There is a hike in campground 2.8 miles from the parking lot. It's a nice little spot that is rarely busy. Memorial Day weekend and we were only one of three groups in the whole camp ground.
Nov 6, 2012
Found Some gear below Greeboo Route On the water fall cliff. if you have lost your gear give me an email Jordanius@live.com and let me know what you lost ill get it back to you. or call me 805-835-1626
|By Mark Fletcher|
Jan 14, 2014
If you park outside of the parking lot, be aware that the free parking areas within the marked parking zones can fill up very quickly on weekends with good weather, Do not park in areas which are not within the marked parking zones or have the end of your vehicle extending into the street otherwise you will get a ticket, Lastly, be careful about getting your vehicle stuck in the ditch near the parking spots - it happens often.
|By Matt Pross|
Aug 11, 2014
Like Stoney Point in So Cal but with more trees/shade and without the broken glass, graffiti, and chopped bolts.
Parking was a little crazy (crowded) but climbing was fun and uncrowded.