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Cold Springs Dome Rock Climbing 

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Cold Springs Dome is one of Santa Barbara's more remote and worthwhile crags. While the area lacks in quantity of routes, it abounds in quality of climbing, interesting rock, feeling of seclusion, and abundance of shade in the summer months. Cold Springs Dome also touts the famed Makunaima, one of Santa Barbara's most famous test-pieces.

Getting There 

Park at Gibraltar Rock turnoff, then hike up the ridge past Hole-in-the-Rock boulder. Once you gain the top of the ridge, find a small climber's trail to your right and head down a steep (and slippery!) trail to the crag. At the base of the crag, head down to your left and skirt the bottom of the rock to reach the majority of the climbs.

Climbing Season

For the Gibraltar Area area.

Weather station 2.9 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Cold Springs Dome

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cold Springs Dome:
Post Modern Retro Classic   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Makunaima   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: A local trad hardman boldly leading where few have...

Makunaima 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  California : Central Coast : ... : Cold Springs Dome
Start on steep jugs, gain a wide crack, climb past a potentially loose horn, then fire through a series of strenuous finger-locks to a small roof. Pull the roof into more burly finger-locks, then traverse off to the left to exit. If you feel bold, go straight up to finish on a difficult and run-out boulder problem which pushes the grade up to a 5.11d. Makunaima is rarely led and often top-roped. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Sam Fearer
From: Costa Mesa, CA
1 day ago
Just put in several hours of trail maintenance today– the miserably overgrown approach is now cruiser. Climb on.

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