Rock climbing in Castle Rock State Park, near San Francisco


Join a certified guide at Castle Rock State Park near San Francisco and enjoy a rock climbing program in one of the largest climbing areas in the region for a wide variety of options, from trad and sport to top rope and even bouldering.


1 Day

Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct


All Levels


  • Choose from hundreds of ascents of multiple disciplines, even bouldering.
  • Improve your skills or test your fundamentals with an expert local guide.
  • Take in the beautiful surroundings of Castle Rock State Park.
  • Camp in the park to turn your trip into a multi-day adventure.


From forests and caves to jaw-dropping views, Castle Rock State Park is the premiere place for rock climbing in the San Francisco region! This guided program puts you in one of Northern California’s most beautiful natural settings for a tailored adventure that combines awe-inspiring aesthetics with exhilarating ascents for an unforgettable experience!

Located south of San Francisco, just southwest of San Jose, Castle Rock State Park is a bastion of rock climbing allure. With a strong supply of mouth-watering ascents, covering all of the sport’s disciplines, it is a popular area for beginners to learn the ropes and for grizzled veterans to stay in shape. The sandstone slabs make for happy route hunting along the more than 350 routes, all with varying levels of shape and size.

Your program is crafted to provide a personalized experience in this stunning setting. My expertise in climbing and knowledge of the area will ensure you have a safe and satisfying climb, no matter what your needs and abilities are. Let me know what goals you want to achieve, and we will design a trip just for you. There is camping in Castle Rock, so we can even create a multi-day program for maximum exposure.

Beginning early in the day, our trips usually meet near Skyline Drive or Big Basin Way, depending on the location of the rock. From there, we will begin a full day of top notch instruction. There are plenty of bouldering spots, but the combination of trad, sport, and top rope lines makes for a mixed bag of climbing fun.

Routes can be found between Grades 5.6 and 5.12, with a few above and below this spectrum. Eagle Peak, California Ridge, and Goat Rock are known for their outstanding wilderness views, and can be accessed via different climbs. Lieback Corner (5.7 – Trad), Puckered Starfish (5.10a – Sport), Mullah (5.10a – Sport), and The Great Roof (5.11a – Top Rope) are just a few of the most popular routes.

The bouldering at Castle Rock is also known for its abundance and high quality, drawing climbers from across the state and the Western United States.

Beginners can learn the basics of climbing, like equipment usage and storage, movement on the rock, safety protocol, and so much more. If you are looking to build a framework of solid skills, this is a great place to start. More advanced climbers and mountaineers can expect to take on complex multi-pitches and lines.

Book this guided rock climbing program in Castle Rock State Park NOW and head to the south of San Francisco to reach some of the most beautiful and rewarding climbs in all of California!

If you wanted a program closer to – or inside – San Francisco, we can also enjoy a half-day rock climbing program at Beaver Street Wall in Corona Heights!


More info

Park access costs a small fee, usually a few dollars for parking. Free parking can be available outside of the park.

Meeting point

Most programs will generally meet at the park. Contact me upon booking to confirm our meeting location.


About the guide

One of our certified guides will take you skiing and climbing to some of the best spots in North America. In the USA we offer trips in California, Colorado, Maine, Alaska, Oregon, Arizona, Washington, Montana, Nevada, Texas, Utah and Vermont. And in Canada, you'll find tours in Quebec, Alberta and British Columbia.

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Prices per person, per day

Group of 1

USD 413 Each

Group of 2

USD 207 Each

Group of 3

USD 135 Each

Group of 4

USD 104 Each

Group of 5

USD 83 Each

Group of 6

USD 73 Each

Group of 7

USD 62 Each

Group of 8

USD 52 Each

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Price includes

- Guiding fee

Price details

The price includes the guiding fee only.



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