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The Brickyard Rock Climbing 

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Location: 34.4978, -119.8611 View Map  Incorrect?
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Shady sandstone bouldering area in Santa Barbara. High density makes this a very enjoyable area. There are some great taller problems, and a few excellent traverses. The rock quality is very good for the most part, but the area is relatively small.

Getting There 

Take West Camino Cielo off the 154 in Santa Barbara. Short approach, 10 minutes or so down hill.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.7 miles from here

70 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',37],['2 Stars',23],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Brickyard

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Brickyard:
Army Ant   V0- 4-     Boulder, 17'   Ant Boulder
Piss Ant   V0 4     Boulder, 17'   Ant Boulder
Moderate   V0+ 4+     Boulder, 15'   Extremist Boulder
The Extremist   V1 5     Boulder, 20'   Extremist Boulder
Under Rover traverse   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Charlotte's Web Area
Aunt Bea   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Ant Boulder
Shoehorn   V1+ 5     Boulder, 12'   The Owl Farm
Chummin'   V2 5+     Boulder   Rat Boulder
Charlotte's Web   V3 6A     Boulder, 20'   Charlotte's Web Area
South Street   V4- 6B     Boulder, 10'   The Owl Farm
Paradise Blend   V4- 6B     Boulder, 15'   Coffee Boulder
Yeti   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Yeti Boulder
Lonesome Pine   V4+ 6B+     Boulder, 12'   Dancing Outlaw Boulder
Watch the Dog   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 12'   Soot Patrol Boulder
Sasquatch   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Yeti Boulder
The Ant Traverse   V5 6C     Boulder, 30'   Ant Boulder
Smooth Criminal   V6 7A     Boulder, 12'   Dancing Outlaw Boulder
Grotesque Old Woman   V7+ 7A+     Boulder, 25'   Charlotte's Web Area
Dancing Outlaw   V8 7B     Boulder, 20'   Dancing Outlaw Boulder
Purgatory   V9 7C     Boulder   Dancing Outlaw Boulder
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Rock Climbing Photo: This shows the general location of the major bould...
BETA PHOTO: This shows the general location of the major bould...
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Rock Climbing Photo: awesome warmup boulder next to the rats nest bould...
awesome warmup boulder next to the rats nest bould...
Rock Climbing Photo: "Sightings V3 - Start way back in a cave and ...
"Sightings V3 - Start way back in a cave and ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset at the Brickyard shortly after it re-opened...
Sunset at the Brickyard shortly after it re-opened...

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By Rob Gordon
From: Hollywood, CA
May 11, 2010
Can someone post a topo maybe? The descriptions leave something to be desired... (would be nice if the problems were grouped by boulder or all had a picture). Thanks dudes.
By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
May 18, 2010
A reorganization of this area is in progress.
By andy patterson
From: Carpinteria, CA
Sep 20, 2010
Read and learn:

We are ALL responsible. Pick up your trash. Nuff' said.
By Mike Stearns
Jan 24, 2011
Unfortunately, the A-holes responsible probably don't read this site or We should post the rant at the entrance to the Brickyard.

As a community we need to CONFRONT the people disrespecting this fantastic area.

I recently had a very disappointing interaction with someone unnecessarily chopping a tree and clearing a landing. This is only one instance of some of the crappy stuff I have seen.

Telling someone you don't approve is the only way to let them know their behavior is unacceptable.
By Bucky
From: West Coast
May 16, 2011
Please DO NOT DRAW on the rocks! The Charlotte's Web area was covered in awful sidewalk chalk "art". If whoever did this needs to express their feelings about "peace, love, climbing" do it by picking up trash not graffiting the place. I spent a good long time brushing off the drawings and I really don't enjoy giving up my climbing time to pick up after assholes so stop doing this.
By Mike Stearns
Aug 31, 2011
This seems to be happening at every area. Painted Cave, Brickyard, and Lizard's Mouth all have this bulls@!#. Really a bummer.
By AdamB Bunger
From: Chattanooga, TN
Oct 28, 2011
Any camping in the area? In a perfect world the free and non-sketchy variety...
By Tim King
Feb 26, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Good slopers at the Brickyard
Good slopers at the Brickyard

Hey, was just wondering if anyone had any info on this problem here. I think it's on the Great Shark Hunt (40' traverse) boulder, but the only mentions of problems here in the guidebook (O11) were Lets Troll! and Chummin', each of which descriptions don't seem to match this problem. I was starting on the big lip, moving up passed crimps to the sloping rail and then using some balancy moves passed slopes to gain the top. Just curious as I haven't seen anyone else work it, but it seems to be a great problem. Brickyard rips.

Made this little video (sorry for crappy video quality) for this climb 'cause I had my camera and it's actually quite a fun climb. Was wondering if you went about it similarly?
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By andy patterson
From: Carpinteria, CA
Feb 27, 2012
Re: Tim King's question

We scrubbed and climbed that route last year, calling it The Rats of Nimh, due to the rodent-nest sitting on the starting jug. Bernd thinks he may have done it sooner, but he can't quite remember. We call it V5 or V6, depending on the day.
By JakeOlsen
Mar 20, 2012
Rock Climbing Photo: Does anyone know anything about this route. Its on...
Does anyone know anything about this route. Its on the same boulder as the picture above. Its on the face just left of the arete. It pretty much goes straight up on slopers and a couple smal crimps. Feels like a 4 maybe 5.

Just a heads up i'm aware the picture is bad
By andy patterson
From: Carpinteria, CA
Apr 22, 2012
Hey there, climbing community of SB.

For the second time in the last year, I've had to mitigate forest-fire potential at the Yard'. On Friday night some campers dug a fire-hole directly under Grotesque Old Woman, and when I arrived for a bouldering session on Saturday morning, there was a SMOKING PIT OF ASHES. It was a hot and dry day, with a steady breeze. Eek. Needless to say, my friends and I had to sacrifice most of our drinking water to douse the pile of embers. That's not how I like to end a session of rock-climbing.

If you see potential culprits cavorting with fire at The Brickyard—or anywhere else in the hills— you might choose from the following options:

A) take a deep breath, remember that many of this generation were raised by the show "Jackass", and strongly discourage behavior.
B) Do nothing

I vote for option "A". I have many friends who lost property and/or possessions in the Tea and Jesusita fire. They might not be so understanding.

Encourage good sense. Reap the benefits.
By Tim King
Jan 9, 2013
Cleared out a few firepits the other day. One directly behind Charlotte's Web, the other under the start of Soot Patrol). Both blackened the rock pretty well, and the one near Charlottes still had some embers. Didn't get a chance to have a word with the people who left them (saw them on the way in) but I'll certainly do so if I see them around again...
By Bob Banks
Jan 10, 2013
Thanks, Tim. Can we clone you? Cause almost nobody else seems to give a shit.
By Tim King
Jan 20, 2013
Sure, though I can't guarantee you'll get only the positive characteristics, heh...

Really though, it's a lot of your little 'reminders' that have inspired some of the things I now do, such as always bringing a bag to pick up trash (makes it super easy to grab the little stuff, like cig butts, tape, cans etc) and just generally trying to leave the area nicer than you found it.

You want to climb here today, tomorrow and hopefully 20 years from now. Areas like this are rare, treat them with the respect they deserve.
By Will Barnes
From: Edmonton, AB
May 15, 2013
If looking for a highly pleasant bouldering experience at the Brickyard I would recommend this circuit:

Deep forest arete->Way Under->Way under traverse->Charlotte's Web->Yeti->Watch the Dog->Smooth Criminal->Your project or move areas and keep it going with whatever problems you can think of. For a bonus do it in under 5 minutes.

Also maybe this deserves a separate discussion but I thought if people felt so inclined it would be cool to pool together some good circuits of all difficulties for the different SB bouldering areas (think Font minus the color coding). Any interest?
By andy patterson
From: Carpinteria, CA
May 17, 2013
Great idea. I'll start mulling over my notes...

Okay, here's what I always did (back when I climbed there a lot): warm up on Yeti (3X), run up the hill and do Watch the Dog (3X), then Soot Patrol to the lip (3X), then finish by doing Akiba's Prison as many times as you can. If you fall off the latter problem before the end, get back on immediately and climb as far as you can.

This takes about 45 minutes to an hour if you keep moving. Think of it as a way to get tired quickly after work, if time is short.
By Tim King
May 19, 2013
Yeah circuit bouldering is one of my favorite 'styles'

The left side circuit is a bit more moderate but great at well. Usually the Coffee boulder amphitheater, to South Street, then Extremist, Shoehorn and finish with Font Problem.

A good warm up circuit, with some highballs off the bat to get the mind and heart going, with a few good tough sloper problems thrown in. And then it clears off the left side of the Yard and dumps you back near the middle for the rest of your sesh.
By Will Barnes
From: Edmonton, AB
May 22, 2013
Nice, that was our idea too to get a good workout in when you only have a little time after work. Doing many laps on Akiba's is definitely a good way to accomplish this.

Another one I used to try to do was a 4X4 consisting of Yeti, Sasquatch, Watch the Dog, and Soot Patrol to the lip. Not the most ideal since you have to do some running around but will get you pretty tired nonetheless and you can add harder variations of the problems if needed.

On a separate note does anyone know what's the deal with all the glossy chalk spots on the footholds of a lot of the problems at the yard (Yeti, Grotesque, Chralotte's...)? Many of these "holds" were loose flakes so I'm just a little confused. Was someone really bored and trying the lowest most awkward start possible for these problems? I believe they showed up last weekend sometime
By Jack Moe
Apr 14, 2014
My friends and I visited the area last weekend, and had a blast bouldering around the Lizard's Mouth area. We got lost trying to find the Brickyard though, as we ended up trespassing through a gate and wandering down a path for about 10 minutes before giving up and turning around. Can someone explain to me how exactly you get to the Brickyard/Playground? Or just a general gist of where it is? Is it on the other side of the road as Lizard's Mouth? Very confused.
By Alan Zhan
From: Seattle, WA
Apr 15, 2014
If you're approaching Lizard's Mouth from the 154, then Brickyard is the first turnout when you take a right turn away from the ocean, into the mountains right after that big circular concrete platform thing. The trailhead is marked a bit inconspicuously by an old, rusting "no motor vehicles sign" on the left that isn't obvious from inside the car. Getting there by foot from the actual Lizard's Mouth is a bit more of a hike.
By Jack Moe
Apr 15, 2014
Thanks for the help! Unfortunately I still can't manage to find it on google maps. Can someone drop a pin on the trailhead on google maps and link it? Sorry, your directions were very clear but I am just screwing it up for some reason. I can't find any concrete platform thing and I've been combing that road with street view for almost an hour. Probably just because I'm not familiar with the area.
By andy patterson
From: Carpinteria, CA
Apr 16, 2014
Jack: when you turn off the 154 on to West Camino Cielo, drive 3.4 miles. The pullouts are on the left and right. Walk down path towards ocean to boulders.
By Will S
From: Joshua Tree
May 2, 2016
This is a fantastic boulder field, especially in the V5-V9/10 range, with some legitimate classics.

Wonderful setting, pretty dense concentration of problems, easy access, steep gymnastic climbing under the lips, cruxy lip turns, and sloper-slab battling to the tops to finish. Rock quality is good to ok, but you'd have a good day just hanging out here and soaking in the scenery even without the climbing.
By V0Hero
Aug 8, 2016
I've added quite a few photos recently, hopefully that's cool with everyone.
By andy patterson
From: Carpinteria, CA
Aug 9, 2016
Dude. I'm psyched on more photos. Always helps.
By J H
Apr 17, 2017
6423 W Camino Cielo, Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Hi my friend and I found at least four different trailheads that matched the description of a rusty sign and fence. This is the approximate street address of the trailhead which was so frustrating to find, so I hope this helps someone else!

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