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Submitted By: Morgan Brown on Oct 14, 2002
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Description 

Mount Doom is a spectacular pyramid-like crag hidden away in the brush of Castle Rock State Park, northwest of Goat Rock. Although visible from below, via the Saratoga Gap Trail, the difficult approach guarantees some degree of solitude, relative to Goat. The easiest route, "Slab Route", is a long and sporty 5.7 on Mount Doom's expansive west face. An amazing number of anchor bolts allow numerous toprope options on other routes.

Getting There 

From the CRSP parking lot, descend toward Castle Rock falls for about 1/2 mile. Follow signs to Goat Rock and continue for another 1/2 mile. Just a short distance past Goat Rock, turn left toward the scenic overlook. Turn right onto a faint use trail about a hundred feet from the overlook proper. The track improves as you descend steeply through Manzanita and Madrone. After a couple hundred yards, you arrive at the shaded south face of Mount Doom.

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Featured Route For Mount Doom
Kim toproping Slab Route.  She's just below the caves where you can tie off a runner if you're leading.

Slab Route 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b CA : San Francisco Bay : ... : Mount Doom
Depending on where you start from, this route can be almost 80 feet long. Descend a gnarly climbers' trail along Mount Doom's sunny west face. The ideal belay spot is an obvious series of boulders. From there, the climb is about 70 feet high. The first 20 feet are easy, but unprotected scalloped sandstone slabs, 5.4 or so. Gain a series of classic CRSP pockets and tie off a runner in a cave if you wish. After another 20 feet or so, you reach the "big ledge" of Morris's guidebook. Aim for a sm...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By Morgan Brown
Nov 8, 2002
Etymology: Mount Doom was named by Chris Hawn. Chris told me in an e-mail that, "I was big on the Lord of the Rings trilogy 20 years ago, and when I/we came across the obelisk from the regular trail, it just seemed plain it was Mount Doom. Plus, as we bushwhacked up to it, we thought we were "doomed" many times! The name seemed appropriate."
By vincent L.
From: Redwood City
Dec 7, 2008
A worthy little crag. The approach is about 25 minutes from the parking lot. The easiest way to set up a TR is to climb the 5.7 slab route. Very pretty views from the top, one can see the ocean.