Elevation: 1,546 ft
GPS: 35.303, -120.697 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Kristin McNamara Horowitz on Jan 11, 2004
Admins: andy patterson, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen

Description

As you drive into San Luis Obispo from Highway 101, Highway 1, what have you, you'll be struck by the volcanic peak with the big "P" painted and running down the side of the face. You can't miss it. This is the most popular local cragging spot in the county. You'll find bouldering, sport, trad, mixed, you name it.

Being an extinct volcanic plug and one of the seven sisters, you'll find the rock very uniformly featured, some crack, mostly face, a lot of slab. Close to town (five minute drive), Cal Poly, and everything you'll ever need, this is the sure-fire classic spot to get your fix.

Great little hiking spot, too. Take the Felsman Loop around from Patricia's entrance and then go up to the top after finishing that trail. Nice, long, and perty.

Overview of Major Bishop Peak Climbing Areas.

Bishop Peak is one of the Nine Sisters or the Morros (which include Morro Rock, Cabrillo Peak, Black Hill, Hollister Peak, Cerro Romauldo, Chumash Peak, Bishop Peak - 1559', San Luis Peak, and Ishlay Hill) that are a chain of volcanic mountains of San Luis Obispo County of Central California. The rock type is primarily dactite.

Getting There

From Highway 101, take the Highway 1 exit (North toward Hearst Castle). You'll find yourself on a large street, Santa Rosa. Follow this street north about 1.5 miles until you get to Highland Drive (right across from the entrance to Cal Poly). Take a left. Follow Highland Drive west about 1 mile or so (bear left) until it ends at a cul-de-sac. Park on the street. A well-marked trail will be visible. Please be courteous of neighbors, as it is a residential area.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Bishop Peak

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V3 6A
 56
Mushy
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 133
60 Seconds Over Soledad (AKA Dea…
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 54
Flakes to Fresno
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 71
Shadow
Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 91
Desperado
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 103
P-Crack
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 41
Thin Man
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 87
Mouse Maze
Trad, Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 71
Civilized Evil
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 42
Epidural
Trad, Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 37
Gold Rush/High Noon
Sport, TR
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 114
Camel
Sport, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 78
Only Way To Fly
Sport, TR
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 61
Llama
Trad, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 46
Western Airlines
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Mushy Bishop Peak Bo… > Chlorissa
 56
V3 6A Boulder
60 Seconds Over Soledad (AK… Cracked Wall
 133
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Flakes to Fresno Summit Blocks - E (Main)
 54
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Shadow Shadow Rock
 71
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Sport, TR
Desperado Shadow Rock
 91
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
P-Crack P-Wall
 103
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Thin Man Shadow Rock
 41
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Sport
Mouse Maze Cracked Wall
 87
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Trad, Sport
Civilized Evil Cracked Wall
 71
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, TR
Epidural P-Wall
 42
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport, TR
Gold Rush/High Noon Wild, Wild Western Pi…
 37
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Camel Cracked Wall
 114
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, TR
Only Way To Fly Cracked Wall
 78
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, TR
Llama Cracked Wall
 61
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, TR
Western Airlines Cracked Wall
 46
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
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