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A Santa Barbara classic - T-Crack at Gibraltar

Description 

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.9 miles from here

47 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',4],['5.8',7],['5.9',5],['5.10',16],['5.11',7],['5.12',3],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Gibraltar Area:
Any Minute Now   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Gibraltar Rock
Triple Overhang   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   Upper Gibraltar
Mid-Face   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   Gibraltar Rock
Lieback Annie   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Gibraltar
The Rapture   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Lower Gibraltar
Left of Rapture   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lower Gibraltar
Klingon   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Gibraltar Rock
Hazardous Waste   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Toxic Waste Wall
Dazed and Confused   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Upper Gibraltar
The Gibbon   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Upper Gibraltar
Post Modern Retro Classic   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Cold Springs Dome
T-Crack   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Gibraltar Rock
A Route Runs Through It   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Upper Gibraltar
Crash Test Dummy   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Bombardier Wall
Pseudomania   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   Pseudomania Area
The Nose   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 100'   Gibraltar Rock
Bolt Ladder   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c A1     TR, Aid, 80'   Bolt Ladder Area
Self Reflection   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   Gibraltar Rock
Makunaima   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 90'   Cold Springs Dome
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Featured Route For Gibraltar Area
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Jabberwocky 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a CA : Central Coast : ... : Gibraltar Rock
"Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!"(from "The Jabberwocky", by Lewis Carroll)Indeed. This fine addition to Gibraltar climbs a variant passage to Broken Mirror, but still feels like an independent line. The crux possesses thrilling deadpoints, barely-positive open-hand crimps, cryptic footwork, and, should you fall, gut-stopping—but totally safe—airtime. Start Broken Mirror from the hanging belay, ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Detail of slickensides located at the base of Lowe...
Geology buffs should not miss climbing at Lower Gi...
Geology buffs should not miss climbing at Lower Gi...
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Santa Barbara has a little something for everyone....
A free solo climber on Midface, at Gibraltar Rock ...
A free solo climber on Midface, at Gibraltar Rock ...

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By Mina Lee
From: Los Angeles, CA
Apr 18, 2015
CONDITION REPORT 
Notice: Gibraltar Road is closed to the public until May 22nd, and closes off the rock from the road. I hear there's another way to hike up about 2 hours from another area, but I don't remember where that was exactly. Give the local climbing gym a call -- they'll know. Otherwise, I'd recommend The Playground, only a 10 minute drive and 30 minute hike from Gibraltar Road.
By Isaac T.
From: Yokosuka, Japan
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
Administrator
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
By andy patterson
Administrator
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Apr 18, 2015
Mina, The Playground is located off of West Camino Cielo—not Gibraltar Road.

Personally, I'd recommend dozens of places to climb instead of The Playground, but that's just me (especially if you want Gibraltar-esque climbing). If you still want to climb Gibraltar, try hiking up Rattlesnake Canyon trail, which brings you all the way up to Gibraltar road. It's between 1 and 1 1/2 hours of hiking. Not bad, actually. A lot of climbers I know (including myself) do the "long" approach for the training. We call it "Front-Country Alpine."
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