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Indian Joe Caves

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About Indian Joe Caves:

$4 to get in, $10 to camp. Park at obvious parking spot and cross the bridge. Follow the signs for the Indian Joe Nature Trail and you'll find the formation. Expect a 1.5 mile climb, maybe 500 ft. elevation gain. The guidebook says this is a good bouldering area, but you'll find more enticing routes elsewhere. Only a few lines can be led with trad gear (sketchy, as well), and a few top ropes are available, some with trad anchors. Honestly, not worth the hike. MESSAGE TO BEGINNERS: This area attracts beginners because of the top roping possibilities. Please be careful. You are pretty far away from help if you need it. Don't venture out here until you know all the mechanics of anchor building. 1.5 mile hike up a hill to get there, and then back again. Frankly I don't think the hike is worth climbing up there, its really small and there arent alot of routes IMHO. I wouldn't go there again, but I am glad I made that hike to check it out, its in the middle of NOWHERE. Check it out if you're in the area.
Nearest town or city: Sunol
Directions: 5 miles north of Fremont or 5 miles south of Pleasanton take the Calaveras Road exit from Interstate 680. Turn east and follow for about 4 miles to Geary road. Turn left and follow into the park. Parking is near the visitor center. To get to Indian Joe Caves from the parking lot, cross the wood bridge , turn right and follow Hayfield Road all the way up the hill through the cow pasture (happy cows)until you see a sign on the right hand side for Indian Joe Creek trail about 1.5 to 2 miles. Follow that trail up and around and about 300 yards further you'll see the rocks on your left.
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Forum Discussions (2 posts)

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With Replies Indian Joe Caves? anywhere else? southbayclimber 4 Feb 12 2007, 10:22 AM
With Replies Where is this? trevor 1 Aug 20 2001, 7:29 PM