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Bolt Filcher S,TR 
Chancroid T,S,TR 
Double Cracks T,TR 
Fecolagniac S 
Glob of Shit S 
Molar, The S 
Rectalphobiac S 
Rigormorris S 
Skill Saw Gourmet T,S,TR 
Spung-Lick-A-Litus S 
Tree Surgeon T 
University of Santa Clara Practice Climb 1 S 
University of Santa Clara Practice Climb 2 S 
Urolagniac T,TR 
Wide Crack T,S,TR 
Worm Belly S 

Summit Rock Rock Climbing 

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Summit Rock contains some really beautiful views of the San Jose area from the tops of the climbs. It's too bad that the bottoms of the climbs and often the interemediate ledges are filled with trash and broken glass from picnicers and partyers above. So, beware sticking your hands places you haven't seen if you're climbing a route for the first time, especially if it looks like the route hasn't been climbed in a while.

Made of sandstone, the slopey vertical and slab climbs that made up the summit rock are nearly all enjoyable. Some of the rock will crumble, and this isn't an area that should be climbed after a recent rain storm.

Nearly all routes are sport, though there are also few trad routes available.

Summit Rock does see some sun in the afternoon, though the lower belay areas are often in the shade.

Getting There 

From the main Castle rock gate: Travel north in your car on Skyline Boulevard about a half mile. After passing the Los Altos gun club on the left (the have a large banner-like sign) you will see a large driveway on the right approximately a 1/4 mile later. There is a parking area 100 yards in.

From Skyline Boulevard and Big Basin: Travel south 1.5 miles until you see a large driveway on the left side. Pull in, and park 100 yards later. If you pass the Los Altos gun club on the right, you've gone too far.

From the Summit Rock parking lot: Approach time: 10 - 15 minutes. Follow the trail out of the end of the parking lot which will wind it's way gently uphill. At the fork, take the left fork (read the sign if you're not sure) and follow it uphill to the rock. From the top of the rock, follow the fence around to the right and downhill. Work your way around the rock following the dirt path.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.0 miles from here

16 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Summit Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Summit Rock:
University of Santa Clara Practice Climb 1   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Bolt Filcher   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Josh at the Top of Wide Crack

Wide Crack 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CA : San Francisco Bay Area : ... : Summit Rock
A great route, mixed trad/sport for leaders, one of the few moderates at Summit Rock. About halfway down the "Lower Tier" in Morris's guidebook. You'll notice a prominent "chimney" in the lower portion of the climb, topped by a chockstone. After surmounting the chockstone, climb to a ledge, where a (surprise) wide crack begins. The crack offers a super-fun intro to liebacking and ascends 20-25 feet to the anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Madrone. Photo by Blitzo.
Madrone. Photo by Blitzo.

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By Morgan Brown
Jul 12, 2002
Summit Rock is technically inside Sanborn-Skyline County Park. Doesn't change anything, really, but it might explain all the broken glass.
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 16, 2004
Someone please add "Farewell to Arms". That is a fun route! I would add it but I can't remember any details.
By Blitzo
Sep 12, 2006
A pretty messy area! The Madrone forest is beautiful!
By Bruce Morris
From: Belmont, CA
May 24, 2011
The Access Fund is currently trying to negotiate with Santa Clara County Parks to have a seasonal closure of Summit Rock. This would allow Peregrine falcon nesting and fledging from January through July and leave Summit available for climbing the rest of the year.
By vincent L.
From: Redwood City
May 8, 2014
Santa Clara county parks is issuing permits to climb at Summit Rock , but only during 'non-nesting' season , which is October 1 through January 1st... So no climbing at Summit Jan 1st through September 31...
By Topher42
Jun 3, 2014
how does one obtain a permit?
By Topher42
Jun 3, 2014
from their website summit rock is closed from January 2014 until september 2014
By Matt Ulery
Oct 28, 2015
Hey All - Matt here from the Bay Area Climbers Coalition. We have been working with the land manager that oversees this crag to do stewardship events and trail work at this crag.

The land managers have asked that we stay off the climbs that go through the nest of the peregrine falcons - we have put tags on the anchors and the first bolts of the climbs.

Thanks for being awesome and respecting the natural habitat of these birds - the nest seems to move every year so we will move the tags each season to accommodate.

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