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Hwy 166/Silly Rock

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Hwy 166/Silly Rock Rock Climbing 


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Description 

In large area just north of Hwy 166 on the SLO/Santa Barbara Co border that is similar to the Pinnacles of N.Cal in look and feel. The rock quality, if possible, is actually worse than its northern cousin rendering trad routes mighty scare. There are a few different crags that vary greatly, from adventure climbing on Mt Doom to the outdoor gym that is Owl Tor. The area has about 100 routes total and all you need is a rack of draws, some guns, and a little gumption.

Getting There 

Take Hwy 166 east of Santa Maria for about 30 minutes to Rock Front Ranch. Turn left. The Owl Tor is .5 mile and Mr Lees Greater Hong Kong is at around mile 2.5. In between you'll find routes on many formations. Also, 3 sport routes can be found on a rock right on 166, as well as a block down in the creek.

Climbing Season



Weather station 14.6 miles from here

55 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',27],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',3],['5.10',11],['5.11',9],['5.12',17],['5.13',9],['>=5.14',4],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Hwy 166/Silly Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hwy 166/Silly Rock:
The Power Of Eating (a.k.a. "Power")   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Owl Tor
Spearmint Rhino   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Owl Tor
Anchor Punch   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport   Owl Tor
Auto Magic   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 30'   Owl Tor
When The Sea Doesn't Want You   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport   Owl Tor
Hell of the Upside Down Sinners   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 60'   Owl Tor
Sea of Love   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 30'   The Sea of Love Wall
Burly Shuffle   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 55'   Owl Tor
Chips Ahoy   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 60'   Owl Tor
The Old Pro Skill   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport   Owl Tor
Hai Karate   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport   Owl Tor
Old Shatterhand   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport   Owl Tor
New Shatterhand   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 65'   Owl Tor
Crocodile Hunter   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 80'   Mr. Lees Greater Hong Kong
The Hell of Being Crushed Alive   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Owl Tor
Rubble   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 30'   Owl Tor
Hardboiled   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 60'   Mr. Lees Greater Hong Kong
Better Than Life   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 60'   Owl Tor
Buddhist Palm   5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a     Sport, 60'   Mr. Lees Greater Hong Kong
Strictly Ballroom   5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a     Sport, 60'   Owl Tor
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By Phil Requist
Aug 8, 2013
Map for parking and trails to Owl Tor & Mr. Lee's: click here