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Hermit Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,000'
Location: 34.479, -119.6025 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Richard Shore on Mar 18, 2011


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The top of Hermit Rock as seen from Camino Cielo/C...


Situated on the north side of East Camino Cielo, directly across the road and downhill from Crag Full of Dynamite, lies Hermit Rock. Barely visible from the road, this north-facing rock hosts a handful of moderate routes up to 130 feet in length on a coarse sandstone conglomerate. Shaded, yet hot & buggy in the summertime, and can also be freezing and covered in snow during the winter. The rock can be solid in places, but also chossy and lichen-covered in the less traveled areas. The routes are mostly bolt-protected, and bolts appear to have been placed on the lead. Don't expect sport clip-ups. There are bolts just where you need them, and not any extras. A small rack of finger-hand size cams/nuts can help provide some additional security on many of the routes. No bolted top anchors exist, so bring some cord/webbing to tie off trees on the summit. Some of the classics here include Wind Beneath Her Wings (5.7), Battle of the Bulge (5.10+) and Chunky Monkey (5.11).

Getting There 

Approximately 6 miles east on Camino Cielo from the junction at Gibraltar Road. Approach the base from either gully to the east or west side of the summit. 5 minutes.

Climbing Season

For the Santa Barbara area.

Weather station 3.2 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Rob Beno leading Wind Beneath Her Wings 5.7

Wind Beneath Her Wings 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CA : Central Coast : ... : Hermit Rock
A few feet to the right of a small cave on the north face, climb up past some pockets and over a bulge with a right-pointing horn, clipping 4 bolts along the way. Step right and onto the blocky headwall above, passing 2 more bolts en route. A short chimney section gets you to the top. Some additional small gear can be placed between bolts 4 and 5 and towards the top, otherwise it's PG-13. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By Richard Shore
Mar 18, 2011
All of the lead bolts on this crag look like they have been updated in the past few years. Confidence inspiring shiny hardware.

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