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Big Sur Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Jeff Beckman on Mar 9, 2004
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Big Sur, home of the classic Slate's Spire.


Big Sur is a huge park with tons of hiking and climbing. It stretches from the Monterey-San Luis Obispo county line to just south of Monterey bay.

Getting There 

60 miles north of San Luis Obispo on Highway-1.

Climbing Season

Weather station 13.4 miles from here

21 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Big Sur

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Big Sur:
Regular Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Slate's Spire
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Featured Route For Big Sur
Rock Climbing Photo: Coast line has significantly changed. At least 5 f...

shredded skin V1-2 5  California : Central Coast : ... : San Simeon
This route goes up the overhanging arête of the boulder closest to skull rock. It has good hand holds that are very sharp. Footholds are mainly slick and sloping with a few edges for heel hooking. The start goes from a standing start to a an easy move to a small jug and then a larger move to a big jug. Footwork is difficult and you have to math feet and heel hook. The crux is the next move in which you have to pull up, lock off, and reach or dyno to another jug. The trick is to keep your feet o...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: The beautiful coast of Big Sur
The beautiful coast of Big Sur
Rock Climbing Photo: Big Sur in all its glory
Big Sur in all its glory
Rock Climbing Photo: Having fun at Big Sur CA
Having fun at Big Sur CA
Rock Climbing Photo: Pfeiffer State Park
Pfeiffer State Park
Rock Climbing Photo: Beautiful fall colors!
Beautiful fall colors!

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By Isaac T.
From: Yokosuka, Japan
Oct 11, 2007
This area has HUGE potential. There is seemingly limitless amazing formations with even more amazing backdrops! I am rather surprised that this area has not seen more development although I am sure the remoteness has something to do with it. There are many developed camp grounds and small resorts/hotels all along the coast. There is Ripplewood
There is also Treebones where you can stay in a Yurt! There is also the Ragged Point Inn
As for camping check out CampOne
Also if you are looking to grub out check out Rocky Point Restaurant
They are about 12 miles south of Monterey.
By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Oct 11, 2007
HUGE potential might be overly optimistic. The rock quality along the coast is not exactly Yosemite granite. Sea stacks like Slate's Spire are worth climbing once "for the experience". Granted, the views are 5 star!
By Christian B
Sep 9, 2010
Rock Climbing Photo: Goofin around in Big Sur
Goofin around in Big Sur
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Sep 17, 2012
I have to agree with M. Morley's comment regarding Isaac T's statement about the potential for climbing & bouldering along the central coast of CA. While there is a lot of rock this area is OFF the beaten path and NOT on the road to any destination areas, so can't be considered really accessible and the rock quality varies greatly.

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