San Luis Obispo is known for its scenic foothills, the most notable of which are the Seven Sisters—a chain of ancient volcanic plugs that lead from Downtown San Luis Obispo to Morro Rock in Morro Bay. These peaks and other surrounding hills and rocks provide great areas for outdoor rock climbing (and hiking or mountain biking) excursions, providing an outdoor playground for the active community of rock climbers in San Luis Obispo.
Climb boulders and crags or take guided rock climbing instruction classes in San Luis Obispo’s many outdoor rock climbing areas. Several local indoor rock climbing gyms also offer training and instruction, gear, climbing tips, and indoor climbing walls.
Seven Sisters Outdoor Rock Climbing:
Bishop Peak The most popular and convenient outdoor rock climbing spot in San Luis Obispo, Bishop Peak can be seen from almost anywhere in the downtown area, and offers bouldering, sport, trad, and mixed climbing options. Try Chlorissa (boulder), Cracked Wall, P-Crack and Shadow Rock.
Cabrillo Peak Beginners can enjoy top-roping and sport-leading on Cabrillo Peak (or Cerro Cabrillo), just south of Morro Bay overlooking the scenic Morro Bay estuary. Try Rock Land or Wilderness Wall.
Other Outdoor Climbing Areas:
Scott Rock, Cambria Across from Coast Union High School in Cambria, Scott Rock is a 200' formation of very hard granitic rock.
Rock Front Ranch, Nipomo From Highway 101, take Highway 166 east for about 25 miles. Turn left into Rock Front Ranch and cross the creek to find Owl Tor, Big Rocks, Silly Rock and Mr. Lee's.
Rock Climbing Training & Instruction Classes:
Central Coast Climbing offers a variety of climbing classes and customized instruction exercises for climbers of any experience level at Bishop Peak. Classes include a Basic class for novices, an Intermediate Class, a Women's Only Class, a Summer Day Camp for Teenagers, as well as custom classes.