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Introduction

San Luis Obispo, or "SLO" as the locals call it, is situated along the Central Coast of California, roughly halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The town is best known for its university, Cal Poly. SLO is also the home of the regionally famous (and very pink) Madonna Inn, as well as the turning off point for tourists visiting the Hearst Castle. The town itself has a population of around 45,000.

There are seven main "morros", or small peaks, that define the quaint and bucolic landscape around San Luis Obispo. Even John Muir, famed naturalist and founder of the Sierra Club, made note of them in his 1883 travel diary:

"The trail brings the traveler suddenly in sight of
Bishop Peak...
The town is fairly encircled with beautiful hills...
the one just named being most conspicuous."

Climbing

  • Bishop Peak is the primary climbing area and offers several dozen (mostly) single-pitch routes as well as some of the best bouldering along the Central Coast.
  • Cabrillo Peak (Cerro Cabrillo) lies just south of Morro Bay and overlooks the scenic Morro Bay estuary. Cabrillo is a beginner-friendly area that's well-suited for toproping and larger groups.
  • Cerro Romualdo, which lies on some 500+ acres leased by the National Guard (Camp San Luis) affords excellent slab-to-steep face climbing.

As of January 2006, CERRO ROMUALDO IS ENTIRELY CLOSED TO CLIMBING. There are ongoing talks with the National Guard, and progress is being made. The hope is that a "win-win" solution can be achieved. For now, future access is uncertain. PLEASE RESPECT CLOSURES AS NOT TO JEOPARDIZE THE EFFORTS OF LOCAL CLIMBERS THAT ARE WORKING VERY HARD TO RESTORE ACCESS.

There is **NO PUBLIC ACCESS** to Hollister Peak or Chumash Peak, as these are entirely on private property.

Resources

  • The best climbing shop in town is Mountain Air Sports, located downtown at the corner of Marsh and Broad.
  • The Downtown Brewing Company has a good variety of locally-brewed beer as well as good eats.
  • The Firestone Grill downtown is the place to go for tri-tip, burgers, and fries. The steak cobb salad is highly recommended.
  • Farmer's Market happens every Thursday downtown.

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Classic Climbing Routes at San Luis Obispo

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V3 6A
 43
Mushy
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 122
60 Seconds Over Soledad (AKA Dea…
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 48
Flakes to Fresno
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 64
Shadow
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 78
Desperado
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 88
P-Crack
Trad
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
 77
Mouse Maze
Trad, Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 32
Thin Man
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 64
Civilized Evil
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 33
Epidural
Trad, Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 102
Camel
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 33
Gold Rush/High Noon
Sport, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 66
Only Way To Fly
Sport, TR
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 55
Llama
Trad, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 41
Western Airlines
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Mushy Bishop Peak > Bishop Peak Bo… > Chlorissa
 43
V3 6A Boulder
60 Seconds Over Soledad (AK… Bishop Peak > Cracked Wall
 122
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Flakes to Fresno Bishop Peak > Summit Blocks - E (Main)
 48
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Shadow Bishop Peak > Shadow Rock
 64
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Sport, TR
Desperado Bishop Peak > Shadow Rock
 78
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
P-Crack Bishop Peak > P-Wall
 88
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Mouse Maze Bishop Peak > Cracked Wall
 77
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13 Trad, Sport
Thin Man Bishop Peak > Shadow Rock
 32
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Sport
Civilized Evil Bishop Peak > Cracked Wall
 64
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Epidural Bishop Peak > P-Wall
 33
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport, TR
Camel Bishop Peak > Cracked Wall
 102
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Gold Rush/High Noon Bishop Peak > Wild, Wild Western Pi…
 33
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Only Way To Fly Bishop Peak > Cracked Wall
 66
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, TR
Llama Bishop Peak > Cracked Wall
 55
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, TR
Western Airlines Bishop Peak > Cracked Wall
 41
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
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