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Suggest a Correction Print the whole Damn Rock Add A Route Add a beta photo Email it to a FriendDeliverance Rock - Pine CanyonBy: Aron QuiterDetails: This rock is currently home to two climbs, a 5.11b and a 5.12a, though there is potential for several other tougher routes.

Being part of Pine Canyon means that this is indeed a very annoying area to get into. Deliverance rock will add to that annoyance, as there is no good trail established to access the rock from the other climbs. This rock faces north, and cannot be seen from any other direction, so without investigation or the first apporach, you would have a hard time knowing that it's there.

The good news about Deliverance rock is that the climbing faces north, and is also partially shaded, so this will offer some relief from the hot sun. It is also slightly overhanging, which is a difference from most of the other established routes in the area. Also, the rock here is as solid as in any of the boyscout rocks, which cannot be said about any of the other rocks in the Pine Canyon area.

Because of the fragile nature of this rock, bring long slings for topropes(20'+), don't climb this area for at least 3 days after a rain storm, and be careful of loose bolts and anchors, as many of them cannot withstand too many serious falls.
Get There: Wear long pants, long sleeves, and shoes. Sharp things sticking up from the ground and inconsistent trails make this area quite interesting to enter. There is no solid trail heading into Deliverance Rock, so all statements made about other Pine Canyon rocks should be taken with even more remoteness in mind.

Approach #1:

Approach time 30 minutes

Instead of going by car into Mt. Diablo State park via the North entrance, continue south on Oak Grove Road passing North Gate road (which takes you into Mt. Diablo State Park) on your left. Oak Grove becomes Castle Rock Road. Head up Castle Rock Road past the high school until it ends, which is the parking lot for Castle Rock Regional park (no, not the state park in San Jose). Park, and continue on into the park about a third of a mile via the main trail. Go straight through the developed park, which has a swimming pool, several large fields, and a bathroom just to the left of the trail. The teeth, a large band of cliffs just left of the main Pine Canyon area that look like a set of crooked teeth, are visible for most apporach hovering on the horizon just left of the trail. Continue on the main trail to a cattle gate (not one of the cattle gates near the parking lot), where the trail forks. Cross through the cattle gate and continue straight on the main trail, which is now called Stage Road. You will see a dam on the left eventually. From this point continue on the main trail following the barbed with fence which borders the left side of the path. The main sections of rocks will come into view on the left side of the trail as you walk, eventually all of Pine Canyon will loom to the left of the trial.

Once the Barbed wire fence heads uphill, follow the fence uphill heading around the slabby rocks that will get in your way. There is no path other than a deer trail or five. This is located about 2/3 of the way up to the ridge.

You will find lots of sharp things to step on and run into. You will find poison Oak everywhere. You will loose your footing a time or two, as the soft rock and loads of loose leaves will turn a sure foot into a hill slide. Things get taller as you go uphill, so the scrapes incurred will move from your ankles and thighs to your arms without proper clothing on. Don't step on Snakes, they don't like that.

The Northern facing bolts distinguish this rock from other rocks in the Pine Canyon area, which can be seen once you're close to the rock.

Approach #2:

Approach time: 35 minutes.

To access the Pine cliffs area, enter from the north section of the park for the shortest drive and simplest reference points. Approximately 1.5 miles from the gate is a "Mt. Diablo Northwest Border" sign on the right. Park alongside the road, and head off the road at the fire road entrance, which has recently been changed from an orange gate to 5 wooden posts. On the middle post a sign stating "59 - 13", which you can see from your car hanging about 2 feet above ground. You should head onto the fire roadhere and head uphill through the wide area. Initially parallel to the main paved road, the fire road will move away from the paved road.

Walk along the fire road, and hang a right at the signed intersection. This heads switches back up the hill, and around a bend. About 1/2 a mile later you will reach a small pond on the right side. After the pond, you will notice a faint set of trails heading through the tall grass, one of the later ones has seen more wear. Pick your favorite, and walk along until the join into one larger trail (you can see this walking down the trail once the pond comes into view about 200 yards off the trail, and 50 or so feet above the valley floor), which heads nearly stright uphill. Walk uphill for 400 or so vertical feet to the ridge, where you will find a crossing larger trail.

You will find lots of sharp things to step on and run into. You will find Poison Oak everywhere. You will loose your footing a time or two, as the soft rock and loads of loose leaves will turn a sure foot into a hill slide. Things get taller as you go uphill (you're going downhill, so the frustration is backwards heading in this way), so the scrapes incurred will move from your arms to your thighs and ankles without proper clothing on. Don't step on Snakes, they really don't like that.

Continue on past the ridge trail on a very narrow trail surrounded by really tall sharp thorny bushes. Abruptly, Lookout Rock will appear in front of you. Hang a right on a trail just prior to lookout rock, and you will find your way to Castle Rock, which has no bolts on it.

Take the path over to Castle rock, but instead of heading to the rock itself, head right on a narrow trail through the bushes 50 feet before the rock. Head into the field using deer trails going northwest and downhill past the first band of slabby rocks. You should more or less be heading towards the teeth. Once past the first band of rocks, following parallel to them downhill for about 5 - 10 minutes, on deer trails.

If you run into the border fence, you'll have gone 1 band of rocks too far, but you can also continue downhill from here, as the path is no worse.

The Northern facing bolts distinguish this rock from other rocks in the Pine Canyon area, which can be seen once you're close to the rock. Comments on the rockAdd a CommentNobody has submitted comments on this yet. GPS Coordinates on the rockAdd CoordinateLatLatLatNameDescriptionByN37.52'974" W121.59'285" 689 ft Squeal Like a Pig Taken from directly in front of the route, facing the slab. Melissa Moore
N37.52'970" W121.59'283" 705 Deliverance Coordinates taken from directly in front of the route Deliverance, on Deliverance Rock, facing the slab. Melissa Moore

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