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Getting There

Santa Barbara is a low-key town an hour north of Los Angeles. Take the 101 north and you go right through town.

Description

Santa Barbara has a large number of short cliffs scattered about the ridgeline behind the city. The rock is dense sandstone of mixed quality and primarily bolted. Like San Luis Obispo, it's not a destination area, but good routes exist.

The rock is soft, and softer when wet, so please respect the one day of drying for each day of rain rule.

Guidebooks currently available in local stores:

  • Rock Climbing Santa Barbara & Ventura by Steve Edwards (well put together and still quite complete, covers roped routes as well as the major bouldering areas)
  • Ocean's Eleven - Bouldering around Santa Barbara by Bob Banks (brand spankin' new!)

And a guidebook not currently available in stores, but obtainable on Ebay, Amazon, etc:

  • "Climbing! Santa Barbara, Ventura, San Luis Obispo" by Steve Tucker and Kevin Steele. A fabulous text that pays ample homage to Santa Barbara's traditional roots. A little outdated in some areas, but a gem of adventurous and off-the-beaten-track routes nonetheless. It's out of print, so happy searching!

Here's some additional climbing related links with a local flair:

  • www.king-dino.com: catalogue of climbing and assorted adventure from guidebook author Bob Banks.
  • www.crankenstein.com: let burly sport climber and Owl Tor afficionado Elijah Ball show you what's rad, and what's not. Topics range from climbing to freediving to weightlifting.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Santa Barbara

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0- 4-
 52
Army Ant
Boulder
V0+ 4+
 77
Lizards' Mouth Traverse
Boulder
V1 5
 54
The Extremist
Boulder
V2 5+
 58
Ace in the Hole
Boulder
V3 6A
 51
Shaken, Not Stirred
Boulder
V3 6A
 99
Charlotte's Web
Boulder
V4 6B
 64
Yeti
Boulder
V4-5 6B+
 40
Watch the Dog
Boulder
V6 7A
 44
Smooth Criminal
Boulder
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 61
Orangahang
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 50
Applied Magnetics
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 52
Many Happy Returns
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 61
Great Race
Sport, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 51
T-Crack
Trad, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 43
Vanishing Flakes
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Army Ant Santa Barbara… > Brickyard > Ant Boulder
 52
V0- 4- Boulder
Lizards' Mouth Traverse Santa Barbara… > Lizard's Mouth > Mouth
 77
V0+ 4+ Boulder
The Extremist Santa Barbara… > Brickyard > Extremist Boulder
 54
V1 5 Boulder
Ace in the Hole Santa Barbara… > Lizard's Mouth > Meilee Area
 58
V2 5+ Boulder
Shaken, Not Stirred Santa Barbara… > Lizard's Mouth > Femme Fatale Area
 51
V3 6A Boulder
Charlotte's Web Santa Barbara… > Brickyard > Charlotte's Web Area
 99
V3 6A Boulder
Yeti Santa Barbara… > Brickyard > Yeti Boulder
 64
V4 6B Boulder
Watch the Dog Santa Barbara… > Brickyard > Soot Patrol Boulder
 40
V4-5 6B+ Boulder
Smooth Criminal Santa Barbara… > Brickyard > Dancing Outlaw Boulder
 44
V6 7A Boulder
Orangahang San Ysidro
 61
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Applied Magnetics San Ysidro
 50
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad, TR
Many Happy Returns San Ysidro
 52
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Great Race San Ysidro
 61
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
T-Crack Gibraltar Area > Gibraltar Rock
 51
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Vanishing Flakes San Ysidro
 43
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, TR
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