Painted Cave - Climbing

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The three boulders at Painted Cave are some of the most accessible and frequented rocks in all of Santa Barbara.

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Courtney Johnson


0.0 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

7.5 miles


4 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

1 Hour - All Day


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Land Website

Mountain Project



Located above San Marcos Pass and below East Camino Cielo, the boulders at Painted Cave are easy to access -- they are right off the road (Painted Cave Rd.). Requiring no hiking, the boulders, named Trojan, Hallway and Cracked, can't be missed. They're some of the most frequented boulders in Santa Barbara and each one presents a wide range of problems and features, which allow climbers to choose as easy or as difficult a hit as they want,  from V0 to V10+. Check out the historic Chumash Painted Cave just up the road; it features paintings over 800 years old!

What Makes It Great

The three boulders feature a variety of climbs, meaning boulderers can go for whatever projects suit their skill levels. The cave paintings in the area add a historical touch to a fun bouldering area. These climbs are only about 15 - 20 minutes from downtown. 

Who is Going to Love It

Intermediate boulderers will likely have the most fun here. There are a few easy problems for beginners as well. It's not a huge area but the climbs are quality routes. 

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

From the 101, Take the 154 to a right on Painted Cave Road. You'll practically run into the boulders after about a mile and a half of 1st and 2nd gear meanderings.

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Painted Cave

Santa Barbara, CA,
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