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Silverado Mine

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Beginner's Route T 
Bolt Route T,TR 
Dihedral T 
Fir Tree Crack T 
Fir Tree Overhang T 
Fractured Seam T 
Jamcrack T 
Left Corner T,TR 
Mine Shaft T 
Mossy Crack T 
Mossy Face T,TR 
Overhang T,TR 
Right Corner T,TR 
Shattered Slab T,TR 

Silverado Mine  

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Elevation: 2,669'
Location: 38.65306, -122.60456 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Dodrill on Jan 19, 2008
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Cool shady canyon in the forest, popular for easy to moderate top rope climbing, and rappelling on broken volcanic rock. Not the most aesthetic location in the park, but closest to the car.

This is the mouth of the old Silverado Mine where in 1883 Robert Louis Stevenson honeymooned and wrote "Silverado Squatters" in a cabin near the present day trailside monument which honors the site. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Silv...
The overview map here shows this as a quarry, but it was actually used for mining silver, and mercury. If you poke around in the woods nearby you will find some old mine shafts which used to connect.

Getting There 

From the parking area walk up the trail until you come to the monument to Robert Louis Stevenson. Head up steep scree to the obvious cliffs/mine to the west. Top rope anchors can be reached by 4th class scrambling around from the south, or via a trail along the North rim. There are a few bolts but bring slings and gear.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.8 miles from here

14 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Silverado Mine:
Jamcrack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   
Left Corner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 65'   
Shattered Slab   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 75'   
Bolt Route   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 65'   
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Featured Route For Silverado Mine
Floyd Hayes leading Bolt Route 5.10c. Photo by a p...

Bolt Route 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  CA : San Francisco Bay Area : ... : Silverado Mine
This contrived "route" (a variation of Left Corner) is the hardest at Silverado Mine. Start at the obvious right-facing arch and climb halfway up Left Corner to a blank section protected by a single bolt. Climb on small face holds just left of the bolt (5.10c) or right of the bolt (5.10b), avoiding any cracks farther left or right of the bolt, leading to buckets above. The anchor is shared with Left Corner.Alternative start: climb Overhang 5.9 and finish on Bolt Route 5.10b/c....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Silverado Mine Slideshow Add Photo
William Henly's depiction of the Silverado Mine. (...
William Henly's depiction of the Silverado Mine. (...
Follow the scree left up into the quarry
BETA PHOTO: Follow the scree left up into the quarry
Fuzzy photo of the wall.  Distinguishing features ...
BETA PHOTO: Fuzzy photo of the wall. Distinguishing features ...

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By Floyd Hayes
Oct 27, 2008
Not only is the Silverado Mine the closest climbing area (0.8 miles by switchback trail, 0.3 miles by climber's trail), it is also the coolest during hot weather, with copious shade at the base. At first glance the climbs look unaesthetic and even frightening with broken up rocks, but the holds are mostly solid and clean (but beware of loose rocks), featuring comfortable hand and finger cracks and edges in contrast with the sometimes painful solution pockets elsewhere on the mountain. Because most climbs can be safely protected on lead with solid gear placements (there is only one bolt, protecting the crux on the hardest climb), the Silverado Mine is an excellent place for beginning and moderate trad climbing.
By Floyd Hayes
Jun 5, 2012
To set up a top-rope from the entrance to the mine, scramble up the right rim of the mine, hop across boulders at the upper end of the mine to the left rim of the mine (anchor 6), and then scramble class 4 along the narrow ridge (anchors 4 and 5) to a wider class 3 ridge (anchors 1-3). Here is a description of the top-rope anchors for each climb, from left to right (kudos to the climber who recently installed new bolts and chains):

Anchor 1: one bolt with a quick link, which can be backed up by a large cam
  • Beginner's Route 5.4
  • Fir Tree Crack 5.6

Anchor 2: two bolts with quick links (installed early 2015?)
  • Fir Tree Overhang 5.7
  • Overhang 5.9

Anchor 3: two bolts with chains
  • Bolt Route 5.10b/c
  • Left Corner 5.9

Anchor 4: two bolts with chains (installed early 2015?)
  • Shattered Slab 5.10a
  • Right Corner 5.7 with left traverse finish

Anchor 5: two bolts with chains (installed early 2015?)
  • Right Corner 5.7 with right gully finish
  • Fractured Seam 5.8
  • Jamcrack 5.7

Anchor 6: large tree
  • Dihedral 5.5
  • Mine Shaft 5.6
By Floyd Hayes
Jun 5, 2012
If you plan to climb in Silverado Mine during the weekend, be aware that REI often teaches a basic rock climbing course. If you see their well marked van in the parking lot, you can assume that several routes will be occupied by the class. However, the instructors are very tolerant of other climbers and willing to share routes.
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