Owl Tor Rock Climbing
|GPS:||35.12, -120.104 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||steve edwards on Jun 17, 2004|
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DescriptionThe sportsman's paradise of the central coast. Steep burly routes of a manufactured nature on a fairly blank but very overhanging wall. The most purely physical climbing on the West Coast, Owl Tor has about a dozen route from 5.12 to 5.15 (unconfirmed?). In recent years, the developers have bolted some "warmups" on the wall. They're probably still harder than your local crag's warmups. .
Weather? The area around Santa Maria is subject to some extremes: from freezing to sweltering, the Tor has it all, but expect it to almost always be relatively climbable. In heavy rain years, however, seepage eventually makes its way down the face of the crag, sliming pockets and jugs and creating a generally swampy environment. Still, you can often climb in a full-on downpour and have the smug satisfaction that you are probably the only person on the Central Coast climbing outside on dry rock.
The Tor has some high-quality variations/linkups. Trust me, they're good. Here's a spreadsheet for clarity:
Getting ThereFrom Santa Barbara, take the 101 North to Santa Maria, then exit the 166 and drive East. After about thirty minutes or so, take a left off of hwy 166 at Rock Front Ranch. Drive through a gate (usually open, unless it has rained a bunch) and go for about a quarter of a mile till the road suddenly shoots steeply up a hill. Park on the left. A small trail on the left will deposit you at the base of the crag after about 3 minutes.
Classic Climbing Routes at Owl Tor
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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Prime Climbing Season