Upper Theology Crag Rock Climbing
The engraving at the base of Theology Crag
A short hike past the popular Seven Falls area. Touts some of Santa Barbara's most exciting sport climbs on interesting rock. The climbing tends to be dead-vertical to overhanging and on the difficult side (5.11 to 5.12). Most of the routes are in the shade all day so climbing is great year-round (it can even get quite cold in the winter).
Hike up Tunnel Trail and head towards the junction of Inspiration Point. Once you reach Mission Creek and the junction for Inspiration Point, hike up Mission Creek till you reach some relatively easy bouldering/scrambling. You will pass several pools then encounter about 10 minutes of riverbed walking. The crag is on your right and has a large carving from the early 1900's at its base.
Climbing Season For the Santa Barbara area.
Weather station 2.8 miles from here
9 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Upper Theology Crag
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Upper Theology Crag:
Featured Route For Upper Theology Crag
Beggar's Banquet 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a CA
: Central Coast
: ... : Upper Theology Crag
Starts a short scramble up and to the left of "The Trouble With Normal". Juggy and overhanging moves off the ground transition into steep and powerful face climbing above. The second to last bolt is the crux. As of this writing, the crux is a lunge to a small crimp which, judging from the amount of glue still on the rock, used to be a large crimp but broke off, hence the 5.11 c/d rating. I think the route used to be graded 5.11b. Whatever its rating, be prepared to go for it at the end!...[more] Browse More Classics in CA