BETA PHOTO: Yardsale Routes.
1) UCSB Geography PhD
Santa Barbara, California, has nice weather year-round with plenty of sunshine. Range of climbing grades: 5.6 to 5.10a.
To get down from the climbs either rappel down from the fixed anchors on top or walk off.
The routes face north and get shade most the day but it is also easy to step into the sunshine if you need to warm up.
Classic Santa Barbara sandstone climbing that was discovered in 2009 after fires in the area. Area mostly developed by two PhD students from the Department of Geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
From California Highway 101 North or South, exit at Mission Road and go north on Mission Road to the Santa Barbara mission. Continue north past the Mission on Los Olivos which turns into Mission Canyon Road. Make a right at Foothill Road (Highway 192) then a left at Mission Canyon Road. Continue on Mission Canyon Road until you are able to fork to the left to get on Tunnel Rd. Follow Tunnel Rd. to the end and look for parking before the water tower. Walk the paved tunnel trail for a few minutes until a paved road forks off to the right. Take this road on the right down to the end then take the trail down to the water. At the creek find the canyon with the wavy rocks and take this up until you find Yard Sale crag. See photos and Google My Maps ( maps.google.com/maps/ms?hl=en&gl=us&ptab=2&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&m>>> ) for a more detailed description. Click here to see parking and the approach with Google Earth.
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|By Nick Sullens|
From: Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Jan 16, 2011
Awesome little crag! Great for people just getting started and the approach is gorgeous, as well as the view of Santa Barbara from the top! Good find guys.
|By Matt N|
From: Santa Barbara, CA
May 28, 2011
Wanted to climb this crag today, but it was so overgrown we decided against the bushwhack. Someone please update if they find an alternate approach.
|By Trevor V.|
From: Santa Barbara, Ca
May 31, 2011
^^^ Also tried to climb here, on Sunday, sooo overgrown, not bushwhacking for days to get there.
|By Edward Pultar|
Jun 26, 2011
I hope it gets cleaned up! You can also approach from Mission Canyon Road (see the map) where there was construction work being done when we worked on this area years ago. Good luck.
Jul 24, 2011
Approach was overgrown, even worse when you get to the bottom of the crag. Next time will be looking into an approach via Mission Canyon Road if possible.
|By Trevor Marks|
Jul 25, 2011
Tried to approach via Mission Canyon Rd but couldn't find an "easy" way without lots of trespassing so we bushwhacked to crag from Tunnel Trail side. Lots of poison oak on the scramble up (after crossing the creek). All the climbs were very sandy.
|By Andy Gill|
Feb 6, 2012
IMHO...Not worth the hike..."Indiana Jones" style spider webs blocking the trail every 10 feet, poison oak, overgrown and loose trail, etc. Routes will take some time to clean up, but at this point the rock is extremely sandy and does not inspire confidence.
Nov 20, 2012
So completely overgrown! I tried to see if I could approach it from above but wound up doing a very long uphill trek with a loaded climbing pack. Any other approaches to this place? I would be able to volunteer to do a trail cleaning if anyone else out there is available?