Climbing in Santa Barbara, CA
About Santa Barbara Climbing
Though not blessed with the tallest of peaks, the Santa Barbara region can keep even the most jaded of climbers busy with both scenic and challenging routes, plus world-class bouldering. In fact, some rock climbing greats, including Yvon Chouinard, helped pioneer the place in the 1960s.
The bulk of the action takes place in the front country foothills, upon the exposed rock faces visible from town. Gibraltar Rock and Lizard’s Mouth are but two of the relatively easily accessible and popular locations. And, if a quick bouldering session with ocean views is what you are into, then you will be hard pressed to do better, at least around these parts, than a trip to the Brickyard.
When weather or taste mandate more of a manmade experience, Santa Barbara’s Rocky Gym, the only indoor option for miles around, is located downtown just off State Street.
Groups/Information: Earthworks Climbing
Indoor Climbing/Outings: Santa Barbara Rock Gym
Retailers: Mountain Air Sports
Best multi-pitch climbing in the Santa Barbara area.
The Santa Barbara Rock Gym features more than 8,500 square feet of climbing and bouldering in its facilities. While SBRG offers the usual birthday parties and belay lessons, they also pride themselves on taking climbers outdoors with lead clinics.
A jagged gorge with a beautiful creek and radical, challenging climbing routes.
One of the best bouldering spots in Santa Barbara. Not to mention a great place to view a Pacific sunset.
The three boulders at Painted Cave are some of the most accessible and frequented rocks in all of Santa Barbara.
With easy accessibility and roughly 70 established problems, the Brickyard is a local favorite for Santa Barbara climbers.
One of the most popular and classic climbing destinations in the Santa Barbara area.
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