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Areas in San Luis Obispo

Artificial/Manmade Walls 1 / 0 / 4 / 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 5
Bishop Peak 62 / 85 / 44 / 25 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 164
Cabrillo Peak 10 / 6 / 22 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 30
Cerro Romauldo 2 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Cerro San Luis Obispo 1 / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Chumash Peak 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Hollister Peak 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Morro Bay Harbor 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 6
Old Stagecoach Road 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0

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 JEPRODIZE 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

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V3 6A
Mushy
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
60 Seconds Over Soledad
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Flakes to Fresno
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Shadow
Sport, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Desperado
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
P-Crack
Trad
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
Mouse Maze
Trad, Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Thin Man
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Civilized Evil
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Camel
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Gold Rush/High Noon
Sport, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Only Way To Fly
Sport, TR
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Llama
Trad, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Western Airlines
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R
Mickey B Way
Trad
Mushy Bishop Peak > * Bishop Peak Bou… > Chlorissa V3 6A Boulder
60 Seconds Over Soledad Bishop Peak > Cracked Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Flakes to Fresno Bishop Peak > Summit Blocks - E (Main) 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Shadow Bishop Peak > Shadow Rock 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Sport, TR
Desperado Bishop Peak > Shadow Rock 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
P-Crack Bishop Peak > P-Wall 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Mouse Maze Bishop Peak > Cracked Wall 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13 Trad, Sport
Thin Man Bishop Peak > Shadow Rock 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Sport
Civilized Evil Bishop Peak > Cracked Wall 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Camel Bishop Peak > Cracked Wall 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Gold Rush/High Noon Bishop Peak > Wild, Wild Western Pinnacles (ak… 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Only Way To Fly Bishop Peak > Cracked Wall 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, TR
Llama Bishop Peak > Cracked Wall 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, TR
Western Airlines Bishop Peak > Cracked Wall 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Mickey B Way Bishop Peak > True Summit Block 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R Trad
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Andy, I know the wall you are talking about, but unfortunately don't know much else about it. Growing up the scuttlebutt was that the large white house on top of the wall belonged to one of the Hearst family members (but who knows if that is accurate). I think the access road up there was off Santa Rosa Creek. But it is most definitely private property unfortunately, and from the looks of the gate on the SRCR side, they like their privacy. Too bad as it looks like fun from the Highway :/ Jan 18, 2016
Sean, in response to your post "Does anyone know where exactly the supa boulders are?" I found a post on another website that makes it sound like they are located in the Three Bridges Oak Preserve. It is 1.1 miles South-West of San Gabriel Rd & Hwy 41 in Atascadero (the last stoplight in town). If you are headed out of a-town there is a dirt parking on on the right between the 2nd and 3rd bridges. The land is 102 acres that supposedly connects to Los Padres NF. Website is here if you want to know more: tpl.org/our-work/land-and-w…

The boulders are supposedly sandstone in the creek (per this post: rockclimbing.com/routes/Nor… ) Gonna check it out once the creek subsides from the rains. Lat/Lon of the parking lot should be 35.456065, -120.690593 Jan 18, 2016
A Johnson
Paso Robles
A Johnson   Paso Robles
Does anyone know anything about the big white (limestone?) wall north of Hwy 46 W near the highest point (near Camino del Capitan)? You can't miss the thing as you're driving that way and it has always intrigued me. I'm sure it's private property but does anyone know more? Or have you seen them close enough to determine rock quality? Dec 9, 2015
Justin Johnsen
Nor Cal
Justin Johnsen   Nor Cal  
A recent forum discussion of access changes here: Bishop's Peak , San Luis Obispo. Jul 23, 2015
41 has 3 sites I know about between Mbay and Atascadero.

1) limestone area just west off the summit with small pullout to park, routes on north bank of creek, very good but limited qty

2) some little bs boulders are at the bottom of the east slope of the hills as you leave town, you can see them from your car and you may even want to stop and climb there once

3) fairly good sized cliff north and above road that I walked to once and thought kind of loose but I've been wrong 51% of the time my whole life Mar 8, 2014
Sean P. Sullivan
Clovis, Ca
Sean P. Sullivan   Clovis, Ca
Does anyone know where exactly where the supa boulders are? (not listed on MP, but supposedly off the 41 outside of a-town.) searched all over even with the GPS and couldn't find jack. Anyone? Mar 7, 2014

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