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Chimney Sweep T 
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Rapture, The S,TR 
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Lower Gibraltar Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,000'
Location: 34.4777, -119.6817 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: EricT on Feb 1, 2006

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Reversing the approach back to the car afterward, ...


The poorly named lower Gibraltar is actually up the road from the main wall. A little cliff with four moderate routes. South facing and secluded, a good place to go if Gibraltar is crowded and you have gumbies with you. There are two sets of anchors at the top and it is far easier to rappel to the bottom of the face.

It is a particularily nice area for gumbies because they get to do a rappel and then three or four climbs that are quite different from each other.

Getting There 

Drive 50 yards past the main Gibraltar area and park in a turnout on the downhill side of the road. Scramble out to the point and then right (200 yards) to the top of the climbs. The approach should take less than 2 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.9 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Lower Gibraltar

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lower Gibraltar:
Lieback Annie   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Rapture   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Warrior Crack   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 50'   
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Featured Route For Lower Gibraltar
Rock Climbing Photo: Stacy Tellinghusen enjoys sustained and aesthetic ...

The Rapture 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c  California : Central Coast : ... : Lower Gibraltar
Climb up and left from the belay ledge, and then end up just right of the arete. Three routes in such a small area makes it all feel a little contrived, but no worries.....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Lower Gibraltar Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Nicole nears the top of Lower Gibraltar as fog wor...
Nicole nears the top of Lower Gibraltar as fog wor...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kathleen enjoys the spectacular views from atop Lo...
Kathleen enjoys the spectacular views from atop Lo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Becca Polglase enjoys "the Rapture," one...
Becca Polglase enjoys "the Rapture," one...

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By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Mar 2, 2006
Note that the base of Lower Gibraltar is quite cramped, and 3 of the 4 routes start within just a few feet of one another. This area cannot really accommodate more than a few people at a time, and for that reason is not an ideal spot for groups.
By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
Mar 31, 2006
Respectfully, I don't think this is a good spot for "gumbies" unless you are super proficient with traditional topropes (belayer above climber) and hauling systems.

Conundrum and the Rapture are both very sustained routes. Some beginners will really struggle on these two routes.

One way to make this work is to hang a draw on each bolt of the Rapture to give beginners something positive to pull on. The Rapture requires the use of 2 to 3 directionals anyway.
By Neil Roessler
May 24, 2011
Just climbed here this weekend. Found out that the route was called rapture after climbing there and ironically it was May 21.

All these routes are very fun and a great spot for beginning leaders. However, safety is critical on this rock due to the exposure at the base and although there is room for a few people, I cannot imagine being on the ledge with more than my partner.
By Sean
From: Oak Park, CA
Jul 4, 2016
Lower Gibraltar indeed lower than Gibraltar Rock, not poorly named. even tho you have to continue uphill on the road past roadside Gibraltar Rock to the Lower Gibraltar pullout, the little trail from there down thru the manzanitas does descend far enough to Lower Gibraltar that, by then, you would be lower than Gibraltar Rock

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