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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.

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Weather station 14.6 miles from here

57 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',26],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',2],['5.9',4],['5.10',11],['5.11',9],['5.12',18],['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:
BFG 9000   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 30'   Doom Wall
China Is Here   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 40'   The China Boulder
The Power Of Eating (a.k.a. "Power")   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Owl Tor
Tower of the Damned   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 30'   Doom Wall
Spearmint Rhino   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Owl Tor
When The Sea Doesn't Want You   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
Anchor Punch   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
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
Chips Ahoy   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 60'   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
New Shatterhand   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 65'   Owl Tor
Hardboiled   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 60'   Mr. Lees Greater Hong Kong
Rubble   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 30'   Owl Tor
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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Featured Route For Hwy 166/Silly Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Mid-route on Power.

The Power Of Eating (a.k.a. "Power") 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  California : Central Coast : ... : Owl Tor
This route deserves classic status for a variety of reasons: the climbing is super fun, long, and varied; and it is probably the most traveled line at the Tor. While the only "warm-up" available amongst a slew of hard lines, Power still packs a pumpy punch, and many a proud climber has come, seen, and failed on this sandbagged 5.11d. Cruxes come at the second and last bolt....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Hwy 166/Silly Rock Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Tom Slater on the cobble climb Sith 5.9+, Miller's...
Tom Slater on the cobble climb Sith 5.9+, Miller's...
Rock Climbing Photo: Brandon Thau at Owl Tor. Photo Tom Slater
Brandon Thau at Owl Tor. Photo Tom Slater
Rock Climbing Photo: Larry Harris on Millennium 5.10, Big Rocks. Photo ...
Larry Harris on Millennium 5.10, Big Rocks. Photo ...

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By Phil Requist
Aug 8, 2013
Map for parking and trails to Owl Tor & Mr. Lee's: click here

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