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IntroductionSan 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
The town is fairly encircled with beautiful hills...
the one just named being most conspicuous."
- 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.
There is **NO PUBLIC ACCESS** to Hollister Peak or Chumash Peak, as these are entirely on private property.
- 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.
Classic Climbing Routes at San Luis Obispo
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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