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Pagoda Rock Rock Climbing 

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Location: 37.88044, -121.98579 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Salamanizer on Jan 29, 2013  with updates from ColinR
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The Pagoda is the western face of two rocks (the other being "The Rock of Ages" to the east) with a narrow alley between them. From the west the Pagoda can be noticed as having a very large face that is about 80' at the leftmost side and spans to a length of about 150' on it's right side. There are four routes on the Pagoda last I was there one of which is an aid route up the shortest side of the rock at the top of the alley between it and Rock of Ages. The other routes are on the western face ranging from 5.7 - 5.10.

Getting There 

The best way to approach The Pagoda is from the stage road in Pine Canyon. There is a wash that leads directly up to it and is relatively easy to spot from the road. The other way to reach the Pagoda is from the state park road and walk down to it from the Pine Canyon ridge line. If climbing on Castle Rock, there is a diagonal trail with mixed bush whacking to arrive at the Pagoda as well.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.7 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Pagoda Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pagoda Rock:
The Pillar   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   
Dry December   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   
Blue Zenith   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Unsung War   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   
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Featured Route For Pagoda Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Bolts and chains at the belay anchor as of 2/16/12

Dry December 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : San Francisco Bay Area : ... : Pagoda Rock
This route starts about 40 ft to the left of the Pillar and goes between a break in the canopy of two trees, then up the steep central face of the Pagoda. There are anchors at 100 ft but the route continues to the top and can easily be done in one pitch. Pockets, crimps, mantles and route finding is the name of the game on this one. Going strait up is not always the easiest way to the next bolt. You can easily make this route much harder than the grade. The crux comes just off the belay anchors ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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