|The Rock of Ages
The Rock of Ages is found just behind the Pagoda. It has a large distinctive cave half way up the wall. The rock can range form crumbly and loose to solid and clean. The base of this wall is a great place to hang out when the temps soar. You can always find shade and a nice cool breeze comes up from the bottom of the canyon. This rock sees the most traffic in the canyon, but you'll still be lucky to see anyone.
Approach form its left side and through the narrow passageway between the Rock of Ages and the Pagoda.
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This route is a classic moderate climb that is well protected and has some great moves and a spectacular and unique finish. It starts on a slabby face and climbs around some small caves and up a large colorful water streak into a grassy cave perched high above the ground. You have several options to build an anchor in this cave. However, the nature of the route (like most of the routes in Pine Canyon) dictate that you bring gear to build your own anchor. A few cams .75" - 2" should do the trick....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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From: Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
Mar 18, 2013
I was truly appalled by the amount of graffiti on the direct trail to pagoda/rock of ages and the amount of trash on the trail behind rock of ages.
Sep 8, 2013
A little bit of access info for finding Rock of Ages. We went on quite the scramble to eventually find the area following the somewhat vague map in the Bay Area rock guide.
For the trail that leads straight up to Rock of ages (ie the cave route, etc):
Follow the fire road from the parking lot as the guide book says. Keep hiking until you hit the #10 trail marker post. Keep hiking another 100-200 feet and take the well travelled single track trail that climbs off and to the left of the fire road, essentially working its way up the creek and becoming a drainage.
As stated for the area, it is a tough approach, very steep and loose, but if you can manage to start up the correct drainage and actually end up at the base of the climb you are searching for you will save a few hours of your day scrambling up high on the hill!
And I will second the graffiti and trash comment. Truly disgusting, but I would put my money on the fact that it is 99% from non-climbers using the area as an escape from the city to tag up the rock. I will be bringing a full size garbage bag next time I head up, and would encourage the same for others.... It was frustrating being up there climbing with no way to pack anything out.
From: Vacaville Ca.
Sep 9, 2013
I'm willing to bet big money that the trash and graffiti is 100% not from climbers. The place has had some trash and graffiti over the years. Especially lower down toward the bottom of the canyon. But the volume of trash and spray paint has increased ten fold over the past two or so years.
The description in the Bay Area guide (assuming you're referring to the new Thornburg guide) is no more vague than yours.
Spot the Rock of Ages and Pagoda from the main trail. Find the dry creek/gully that goes up just to it's climbers right side. BOOM!!! You're there...
Beats the old guidebooks that told you to approach from the backside.