Turtle Rock All bouldering21 routes in boulder
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An almost perfect boulder for its size, offering a variety of easy to moderate (V0-V4) problems on immaculate (though at time a little sharp) rock (schist). The shorter, steeper North Face offers a dozen or so distinct problems, and numerous traverses / variants. The taller East Face is reasonably highball, and offers another half dozen distinct high quality problems. The glittery South Face has a couple of good highball problems and a classic mantle that's a good laugh.
This is an excellent place for kids (bring a kite!) and beginners (bring a picnic!), as the landings are generally flat and grassy, and the views down to the bay and across to San Francisco are spectacular. It is quite exposed however, and on windy days can be cold and unpleasant. During winter and spring the base of the boulder can be muddy.
Poison oak also sprouts underneath the short, steep side of the boulder, in amongst the grass and weeds - watch where you put your mat and feet.
There are also some petroglyphs that are worth checking out on the separate rock further to the West, across the small valley.
From the parking at the end of Taylor Rd, head right up the paved road then on up to the top of the hill. Turtle Rock will be visible down to the right in a small hollow.
Discovered and developed by the Bobzien brothers in the 1980s.