Hwy 166/Silly Rock Rock Climbing
Paul Hatalsky coming out of the Hell cave at Owl T...
In large area just north of Hwy 166 on the SLO/Santa Barbara Co border that is similar to the Pinnacles of N.Cal in look and feel. The rock quality, if possible, is actually worse than its northern cousin rendering trad routes mighty scare. There are a few different crags that vary greatly, from adventure climbing on Mt Doom to the outdoor gym that is Owl Tor. The area has about 100 routes total and all you need is a rack of draws, some guns, and a little gumption.
Take Hwy 166 east of Santa Maria for about 30 minutes to Rock Front Ranch. Turn left. The Owl Tor is .5 mile and Mr Lees Greater Hong Kong is at around mile 2.5. In between you'll find routes on many formations. Also, 3 sport routes can be found on a rock right on 166, as well as a block down in the creek.
Weather station 14.6 miles from here
48 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',25],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
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New Shatterhand 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c CA
: Central Coast
: ... : Owl Tor
If your looking to add even more hard climbing to what was already a desperate crimpy pump fest, try New Shatterhand instead of the Old. This direct start adds a plethora of rad holds to the fun. More hard crimping down low, a desperate pinch, a crazy looking brain sloper and other cool embedded rocks, pockets and more great holds get you warmed up for the top.This route has two distinct cruxes. The mid way point crux will have you wishing you could lock off like John Brzenk in his heyday.And o...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Brandon Thau at Owl Tor. Photo Tom Slater
Larry Harris on Millennium 5.10, Big Rocks. Photo ...
Tom Slater on the cobble climb Sith 5.9+, Miller's...
From: San Luis Obispo, California
Aug 27, 2015
Soon after turning off highway 166 and crossing the creek, sand and deep tire grooves in the dirt made the road impassable for my front wheel drive sedan. Chose to park near the highway turnout and hike the 0.5-2.0 mile road to Big Rock.