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Gibraltar Area 

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Elevation: 3,000'
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Gibraltar has a collection of ~5 sandstone crags that are generally south facing single pitch affairs. Popular with climbers and teenagers alike, the combined crags have some of the best climbing in SB. While the easier routes on the main Gibraltar rock may be gang toproped over the weekend, there just aren't that many climbers in SB to make any area crowded.

Getting There 

Head up Gibraltar road ~15 minutes to the obvious collection of cliffs.

Gibraltar road may be reached by heading up Mission to the 192, E on the 192 to the sewage treatment plant, and then up the hillside from there.

Detailed Directions [from Matthew Fienup]:
From the Mission, drive 1/2 block north towards the mountains. Turn right onto Mountain Drive. After 100 yards, you will encounter a yield sign at an unusual serpentine intersection--continue straight-ish through the intersection on Mountain Drive and follow twists and turns for 1 mile. Turn left on Mountain Drive in front of the green municipal water building. After about 1/4 mile, where the road curves left, take a soft right onto Gibraltar Road (be careful not to take a hard right onto Mountain Avenue). After 1/3 mile you will reach a stop sign. Continue straight through the intersection and follow Gibraltar Road as it winds for 4.4 miles up the hill to the site.

47 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',16],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Gibraltar Area:
Mid-Face   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   Gibraltar Rock
Triple Overhang   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   Upper Gibraltar
Lieback Annie   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Gibraltar
The Rapture   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Lower Gibraltar
Klingon   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Gibraltar Rock
Hazardous Waste   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Toxic Waste Wall
The Gibbon   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Upper Gibraltar
Dazed and Confused   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Upper Gibraltar
Post Modern Retro Classic   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Cold Springs Dome
T-Crack   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Gibraltar Rock
A Route Runs Through It   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Upper Gibraltar
Crash Test Dummy   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Bombardier Wall
Pseudomania   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   Pseudomania Area
The Nose   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 100'   Gibraltar Rock
Bolt Ladder   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c A1     TR, Aid, 80'   Bolt Ladder Area
Self Reflection   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   Gibraltar Rock
Makunaima   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, 90'   Cold Springs Dome
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Featured Route For Gibraltar Area
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The Shard 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b CA : Central Coast : ... : Gibraltar Rock
This is the newest addition to the strenuous, brilliantly fun, and run-out sport climbs on Gibraltar. Like its neighbors, Broken Mirror and The Jabberwocky, The Shard climbs the beautiful swooping features of Gibraltar's left-hand face, beginning from an incredibly exposed stance belay (my favorite anywhere), and then following a slabby dihedral that will make you want to vomit—unless, of course, you figure out the beta. After the dihedral crux, perform a powerful "slab-dyno" about six feet left...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Santa Barbara, the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islands, from above Gibralter Area.
Santa Barbara, the Pacific Ocean and Channel Islan...
The Jesusita Fire brought destruction to Upper Rattlesnake Canyon and to the Gibraltar climbing area.  All of the individual crags were affected.  Lower Gibraltar, Toxic Waste Wall, and Upper Gibraltar seem to be the hardest hit.  To view more images, click <a href=here" />
The Jesusita Fire brought destruction to Upper Rat...
A climber hangs off the top of T-Crack, at Gibraltar Rock, as he belays his second.
A climber hangs off the top of T-Crack, at Gibralt...
Some of the lesser (or better..?) crags around the main Gibraltar rock. The trail shown involves some scrambling at times and takes you to the top of the Upper Gibraltar anchors.
BETA PHOTO: Some of the lesser (or better..?) crags around the...
A Santa Barbara classic - T-Crack at Gibraltar
A Santa Barbara classic - T-Crack at Gibraltar
Geology buffs should not miss climbing at Lower Gibraltar. The ledge at the base of Lieback Annie and the Rapture is home to some of Santa Barbara's finest slickensides.
Geology buffs should not miss climbing at Lower Gi...
Santa Barbara has a little something for everyone...here a climber performs a rare solo-aid ascent of the Nose at Gibraltar Rock.
Santa Barbara has a little something for everyone....
A free solo climber on Midface, at Gibraltar Rock in Santa Barbara.
A free solo climber on Midface, at Gibraltar Rock ...
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By Isaac T.
From: Rockville, MD
Mar 29, 2009

The Municipal Water building is no longer green, it is white... It looks like a castle kinda with no windows. As of 3-28-09 there is a road closed sign (probably due to the fire that recently swept through the area) on Gibraltar Rd, however the road is open all the way to the top.

By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
May 26, 2009

Gibraltar Road is now open, following the devastation of the Jesusita Fire. Every crag in the Gibraltar Area (including Cold Springs Dome) was seriously affected. For a gallery of images of the various crags and the effects of the fire, click here