Description

With incredible, moderate featured climbing on tufas, curtains, colonettes and stalactites, Sector Mars is one of the more fun (and most crowded) crags in the Leonidio area. Expect massive crowds here at most times.
The climbing is reminiscent of the amazing climbing at the Secret Garden and Ghost Kitchen crags of Kalymnos.
A number of routes climb awesome features at a moderate grade to a lower anchor and have harder extensions on less featured, steeper, pocketed rock.
The area gets sun until around noon and bakes when in the sun because it’s a sheltered cave/alcove.

Getting There

From the main road through town, drive to the cemetery following signs that read “Sector Mars”. Once you reach the cemetery/church park near it. The guidebook states you can drive further on the dirt road through the olive groves to parking at the end of the dirt road but doesn’t recommend it. That said, there are six to eight good-looking parking spots at the end of the dirt road and many people drive the dirt road to the higher parking. If you do this, please park judiciously and do not block the road or other cars. 

From the cemetery parking, hike the dirt road and stay on the obvious road. At the end of the road (and parking if you drove the dirt road) go left onto a well-constructed trail and follow it as it switchbacks up the hillside. As you hike up, you’ll pass Sector Namaste, a small area on good, vertical rock on the left side of the trail about 10 minutes from the olive grove parking. Continue up and over the ridge and traverse the hillside for another 10-15 minutes up to Mars. There are two sections with fixed ropes through steeper steps en route to the crag.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sector Mars

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
Sinter Synphonie
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
Boubouki
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 4
Tufatango
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sinter Synphonie
 5
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Boubouki
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Tufatango
 4
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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