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Indian Joe Caves

Let's go explore and climb beautiful black basalt rocks in Sunol Regional Wilderness!

There isn't much information available about this place (http://www.mountainproject.com/v/indian-joe-caves/105734087) - but I did spot four large rocks with bolts on top, so there must be routes we can try!

Prepare for 20-30 minutes of hiking (about 1.5 miles and 600 feet elevation gain on a fire road). I have not climbed there nor know anyone who did, so expect a fair bit of exploring once we get there - this won't be your typical Castle Rock in-and-out trip :)

But if you feel adventurous and want to try something new - please join!

We will meet at the visitor center (building with the pay phone) on the left just past the entrance kiosk. Be aware that there is no cell reception at the park.

PS. Please bring rope and anchor gear if you have them - we will do inventory at the lot and take what we need with us.

PPS. If you someone can bring a trad rack that would be great too (just so we have it). Long slings will help too!

And if you come late, follow these directions to the rocks, it's pretty easy to find:

From parking lot hike across the wooden bridge over a stream, and head right at the junction. Continue another 50 yards until you come to Hayfield Road (which you're not allowed to drive on... though bikes and horses are permitted). Go left on Hayfield road and walk up the road for .8 miles. There's an obvious sign directing you to Indian Joe Caves, follow it right, you'll be able to see the crag up the hill on your left a little ways down this smaller trail. This will meet with the Indian Joe Creek Trail and continue up hill for another ~300 yards until you arrive at the crag.


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  • Pete

    I am coming from Oakland if any one wants to carpool. I am willing to pick someone up from Berkeley.

    October 15, 2013

    • Pete

      Angel, I have room. I will send you a message with my contact info.

      October 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Perfect. Thank you!

      October 18, 2013

  • Gabriel H.

    Hey saw your recent post. I just caught the flu want wanted to wait and see if I'd feel better by sunday but I rather not make it and have someone on the waitlist not get a chance to go. then just rsvp no now. thanks tho I defintely want to go next time

    October 17, 2013

    • Aleksei P.

      Sorry to hear, get well soon!

      October 17, 2013

  • Aleksei P.

    Reminder: Meetup is this Sunday, if your plans changed and you are no longer available, please update RSPV so people on waitlist can go. Thanks!

    October 17, 2013

  • Gabriel H.

    Anyone driving from south bay?

    October 16, 2013

    • Ken H.

      I'll be in Redwood City if we want to plan something

      October 16, 2013

    • Aleksei P.

      Gabriel, I've sent you an email - see if that works for you

      October 17, 2013

  • Gabriel H.

    on waitlist but have plenty of sport gear

    October 14, 2013

  • William F.

    Waitlist, but would love to join. No gear beyond harness, shoes, belay device, but plenty of experience in everything but trad!

    October 14, 2013

  • Pete

    I am on the wait list but I do have a trad rack and two ropes.

    1 · October 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    What about the 19th October ?

    September 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Aleksei, my Sunday was already booked.. Will join next time

      September 29, 2013

    • Aleksei P.

      Definitely, I'm sure this place will be worth coming back to!

      September 29, 2013

  • Aleksei P.

    Guys, please bring ropes and anchor gear if you have them - we will do inventory at the lot and take what we need with us. I will bring a set, and if we will have couple more ropes and anchors, we can do 10 people probably.

    September 29, 2013

  • Steve L.

    That link didn't work. I found this one: http://www.mountainproject.com/v/indian-joe-caves/105734087

    September 28, 2013

    • Steve L.

      September 28, 2013

    • Aleksei P.

      Yeah, I saw that - but there's potential for more than listed on MP, I remember one guide book listing around 25 routes. I will try to find it before the day.

      1 · September 29, 2013

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