Mountain Project Logo

Areas in Gibraltar Area

Bolt Ladder Area 2 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 3
Bombardier Wall 0 / 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Cold Springs Dome 4 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Gibraltar Rock 9 / 5 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Lower Gibraltar 4 / 2 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Phantom Rock 0 / 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Pseudomania Area 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Toxic Waste Wall 2 / 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Upper Gibraltar 4 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8

Description

Gibraltar has a collection of ~5 sandstone crags that are generally south facing single pitch affairs. Popular with climbers and teenagers alike, the combined crags have some of the best climbing in SB. While the easier routes on the main Gibraltar rock may be gang toproped over the weekend, there just aren't that many climbers in SB to make any area crowded.

Getting There

Head up Gibraltar road ~15 minutes to the obvious collection of cliffs.

Gibraltar road may be reached by heading up Mission to the 192, E on the 192 to the sewage treatment plant, and then up the hillside from there.

Detailed Directions [from Matthew Fienup]:
From the Mission, drive 1/2 block north towards the mountains. Turn right onto Mountain Drive. After 100 yards, you will encounter a yield sign at an unusual serpentine intersection--continue straight-ish through the intersection on Mountain Drive and follow twists and turns for 1 mile. Turn left on Mountain Drive in front of the green municipal water building. After about 1/4 mile, where the road curves left, take a soft right onto Gibraltar Road (be careful not to take a hard right onto Mountain Avenue). After 1/3 mile you will reach a stop sign. Continue straight through the intersection and follow Gibraltar Road as it winds for 4.4 miles up the hill to the site.

48 Total Climbs

Route Finder - Best Climbs for YOU!

Location: Gibraltar Area Change
Type:  to 
Quality: Pitches:
Sort by:   then:
 

Classic Climbing Routes at Gibraltar Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
The Ladder
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
Mid-Face
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Lieback Annie
Trad, TR
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
The Rapture
Sport, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Klingon
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Hazardous Waste
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
T-Crack
Trad, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
A Route Runs Through It
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Pseudomania
Trad, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
The Nose
Trad, TR
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Self Reflection
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Makunaima
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
Broken Mirror
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b R
Jabberwocky
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b R
The Shard
Sport
The Ladder Gibraltar Rock 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Mid-Face Gibraltar Rock 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R Trad
Lieback Annie Lower Gibraltar 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
The Rapture Lower Gibraltar 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport, TR
Klingon Gibraltar Rock 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad
Hazardous Waste Toxic Waste Wall 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
T-Crack Gibraltar Rock 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
A Route Runs Through It Upper Gibraltar 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Pseudomania Pseudomania Area 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, TR
The Nose Gibraltar Rock 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, TR
Self Reflection Gibraltar Rock 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Makunaima Cold Springs Dome 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Broken Mirror Gibraltar Rock 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R Sport
Jabberwocky Gibraltar Rock 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b R Sport
The Shard Gibraltar Rock 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b R Sport
More Classic Climbs in Gibraltar Area »

Weather Averages

High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w Precip
 
Prime Climbing Season
Empty
J F M A M J J A S O N D
J F M A M J J A S O N D
andy patterson
Carpinteria, CA
andy patterson   Carpinteria, CA  
Mina, The Playground is located off of West Camino Cielo¬ónot Gibraltar Road.

Personally, I'd recommend dozens of places to climb instead of The Playground, but that's just me (especially if you want Gibraltar-esque climbing). If you still want to climb Gibraltar, try hiking up Rattlesnake Canyon trail, which brings you all the way up to Gibraltar road. It's between 1 and 1 1/2 hours of hiking. Not bad, actually. A lot of climbers I know (including myself) do the "long" approach for the training. We call it "Front-Country Alpine." Apr 18, 2015
Matthew Fienup
Ventura, CA
Matthew Fienup   Ventura, CA  
Gibraltar Road is now open, following the devastation of the Jesusita Fire. Every crag in the Gibraltar Area (including Cold Springs Dome) was seriously affected. For a gallery of images of the various crags and the effects of the fire, click here May 26, 2009
Isaac T.
Yokosuka, Japan
Isaac T.   Yokosuka, Japan
The Municipal Water building is no longer green, it is white... It looks like a castle kinda with no windows. As of 3-28-09 there is a road closed sign (probably due to the fire that recently swept through the area) on Gibraltar Rd, however the road is open all the way to the top. Mar 29, 2009

More About Gibraltar Area

Printer-Friendly Guide
What's New

All Photos Within Gibraltar Area (141)

Most Popular · Newest