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Potter's Point is at the top of Gibraltar Road right where the road T's off to become East Camino Cielo. The area has tons of boulders around and even some bolted sport routes on the ?? boulder. As with all places in the Santa Barbara area, a lot of the rock here is chossy, but a good amount of it is not. The boulder problems here that are not chossy are extremely fun. There are a good amount of overhanging and vertical problems, generally with cool edges to sloping top-outs. The rock here is very coarse. Expect your hands to be raw by the end of the day.

Getting There

Drive up Gibraltar Road and park on the left side of the road about 100 feet before the road T's off to East Camino Cielo. Potter's Point is at the top of the large hill to the left of the road. Scramble up the embankment and find the obvious trail to the top. After around fifteen minutes of hiking, you will have reached the boulders.

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Sean Denny
Sean Denny   Irvine
According to Bob Banks' guidebook, there have been several folks out here in the past putting up problems (e.g. Neal Crancer, Dave Hunt, Bob Banks himself). If anyone has any info on existing problems that they'd like to share, please do. Apr 21, 2011
steve edwards
steve edwards   SLC, UT
I don't think much of note was ever done. I spent a lot of time up there but can't recall anything that I did that was worth recording. I could see the potential but had other places to invest more time in, other than the routes I put up. Glad you guys are gettin' after it. Great place. May 18, 2011
Sean Denny
Sean Denny   Irvine
I made a rough topo for the majority of the current problems (37 of 43). It is currently in google docs, but when I have time I may put it elsewhere.

Potter's Point Topo

A note to future developers: please upload your ascent information onto Mountain Project, as this is currently the only database of problems. Thanks! Jun 10, 2011

Anybody know the name of the big chunk o' rock near the middle? It is characterized by a cool overhung splitter crack, and then one bolted route on I think the city side of the rock. Sorry if that is too vague, it was my first time to the area. I did a lot of tramping around and climbing whatever looked climable. Super fun area. I would be down to go in put in some work/climb new stuff if anyone is interested. Jul 5, 2012
had fun in the jack and tan area a few years ago..
the traverse line and a few on the backside were entertaining and saw some sends-

good to see more development of this area. maybe with more traffic it will improve!
I'm psyched to check out these problems Aug 2, 2012
Some random stuffs from Potters;
NeoPotters Preview from Tking on Vimeo. Mar 15, 2013
Bill Flaherty
Santa Barbara, CA
Bill Flaherty   Santa Barbara, CA
The real question is what is the recommended beer & burrito for this area (in the spirit of the Bob Banks guide's suggestions for each of the older areas)? Sep 17, 2014
Something to match the grand views and great, fresh and gritty climbing and wild environment.

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Wild Ale and a Grilled Chicken & Steak Burrito Mojado from Los Arroyos. Nov 20, 2014
Alex Turner
Berkeley, CA
Alex Turner   Berkeley, CA
It seems like a bulldozer(?) somewhat recently cut a 10-foot wide clearing straight up the North side of the small peak on the approach. We made the mistake of thinking this was the trail and hiked towards that. This is NOT the trail. We had a rather painful bushwhacking adventure through manzanita trees and yucca plants.

The actual trail begins just a bit before the junction of Gibraltar Road/Camino Cielo and initially goes up the East side of the small peak. Jan 3, 2019