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Potter's Point  Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: JSlack on May 22, 2011


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Potter's Point is at the top of Gibraltar Road right where the road T's off to become East Camino Cielo. The area has tons of boulders around and even some bolted sport routes on the Caveman boulder. As with all places in the Santa Barbara area, a lot of the rock here is chossy, but a good amount of it is not. The boulder problems here that are not chossy are extremely fun. There are a good amount of overhanging and vertical problems, generally with cool edges to sloping top-outs. The rock here is very coarse. Expect your hands to be raw by the end of the day.

Getting There 

Drive up Gibraltar Road and park on the left side of the road about 100 feet before the road T's off to East Camino Cielo. Potter's Point is at the top of the large hill to the left of the road. Scramble up the embankment and find the obvious trail to the top. After around fifteen minutes of hiking, you will have reached the boulders.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.8 miles from here

101 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',51],['2 Stars',34],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Potter's Point

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Potter's Point :
Morning Glory   V0 4     Boulder, 15'   Morning Glory
Allen's Route   V1 5     Boulder, 12'   Jacked and Tan
Serious as a Schoolgirl   V2 5+ PG13     Boulder, 25'   Main Saddle
Old Gregg   V3 6A     Boulder, 10'   Jacked and Tan
Dan's Problem   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Rapunzel's Tower
Octopus's Garden   V3 6A     Boulder, 8'   Rapunzel's Tower
Snaked   V3-4 6A+     Boulder, 10'   Rapunzel's Tower
Stomp!   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Main Saddle
Jenny   V4 6B     Boulder, 20'   Debra
Entrance Exam   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Alcove Area
The Old Man Project   V5-6 6C+     Boulder, 8'   Main Saddle
Arboretum   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Jacked and Tan
Ballet Lessons   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Main Saddle
Thomas Aquinas   V7- 7A+     Boulder, 13'   Jacked and Tan
Debra   V8 7B     Boulder, 20'   Debra
The Brute   V9 7C     Boulder, 12'   Rapunzel's Tower
Electric Body   V11 8A     Boulder, 35'   The Dragon's Lair
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Photos of Potter's Point Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Potters Point in the snow.
Potters Point in the snow.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Debra Area
The Debra Area
Rock Climbing Photo: The Jacked and Tan Boulder
The Jacked and Tan Boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: Middle Area of Potter's Point
BETA PHOTO: Middle Area of Potter's Point
Rock Climbing Photo: Warm up Area Photo w/ trail to Caveman
BETA PHOTO: Warm up Area Photo w/ trail to Caveman
Rock Climbing Photo: View of the Warm Up Boulders from the overlook on ...
View of the Warm Up Boulders from the overlook on ...

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By Sean Denny
From: Irvine
Apr 21, 2011
According to Bob Banks' guidebook, there have been several folks out here in the past putting up problems (e.g. Neal Crancer, Dave Hunt, Bob Banks himself). If anyone has any info on existing problems that they'd like to share, please do.
By steve edwards
From: SLC, UT
May 18, 2011
I don't think much of note was ever done. I spent a lot of time up there but can't recall anything that I did that was worth recording. I could see the potential but had other places to invest more time in, other than the routes I put up. Glad you guys are gettin' after it. Great place.
By Sean Denny
From: Irvine
Jun 10, 2011
I made a rough topo for the majority of the current problems (37 of 43). It is currently in google docs, but when I have time I may put it elsewhere.

Potter's Point Topo

A note to future developers: please upload your ascent information onto Mountain Project, as this is currently the only database of problems. Thanks!
By Unassigned User
Jul 5, 2012
Anybody know the name of the big chunk o' rock near the middle? It is characterized by a cool overhung splitter crack, and then one bolted route on I think the city side of the rock. Sorry if that is too vague, it was my first time to the area. I did a lot of tramping around and climbing whatever looked climable. Super fun area. I would be down to go in put in some work/climb new stuff if anyone is interested.
By r. tyler gross
Aug 2, 2012
had fun in the jack and tan area a few years ago..
the traverse line and a few on the backside were entertaining and saw some sends-

good to see more development of this area. maybe with more traffic it will improve!
I'm psyched to check out these problems
By Tim King
Mar 15, 2013
Some random stuffs from Potters;
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By Ohio Bill
Sep 17, 2014
The real question is what is the recommended beer & burrito for this area (in the spirit of the Bob Banks guide's suggestions for each of the older areas)?
By Tim King
Nov 20, 2014
Something to match the grand views and great, fresh and gritty climbing and wild environment.

Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Wild Ale and a Grilled Chicken & Steak Burrito Mojado from Los Arroyos.

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