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Location: 35.8386, -121.4012 View Map  Incorrect?
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Big Sur, home of the classic Slate's Spire.

Description 

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]
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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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Rock Climbing Photo: Sitting on top.

Regular Route 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a CA : Central Coast : ... : Slate's Spire
You can probably climb this rout without shoes if you are not worried about the bird crap. Suzanne got bit by a crab at the bottom so be careful. The rock is rather loose since it is not climbed often. I would suggest using all three bolts at the top anchor seeing as it is exposed to salt air all the time. Make sure you keep an eye on your watch since the tide can come in fast. If you figure out a way to get your rope down dry let me know....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Big Sur Slideshow Add Photo
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
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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.