Why drive to find rock when you can boulder in Berkeley? Located just a few minutes from the UC Berkeley campus and accessible by BART, bike or on foot, Indian Rock offers climbers some really good problems in the midst of a local city neighborhood.
What Makes It Great
The park can get busy on evenings and weekends. If you don’t want to wait long, Mortar Rock is located just up the street. But, the climbing at Indian Rock is a little more difficult. Test yourself on the V8 Nat’s Traverse. Bring a crash pad because some of the routes can top out pretty high on the boulder. There can also be the occasional shard of glass lurking in the weeds. After you finish climbing, head to the top of Indian Rock and take in the sunset and a magnificent view of the bay.
Who is Going to Love It
Well-suited for beginners, there’s a long vista of the bay from the top, so sunsets are popular with locals. This has been a popular bouldering spot for more than 30 years, and there are now over 30 routes on Indian Rock and the surrounding boulders. Look for routes like the Bubble, Flake Traverse and Cave Mantle Move.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Indian Rock Park is located at 942 Indian Rock Ave, Berkeley, CA 94707. There are no fees to climb here.