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.
Outdoor Rock Climbing
Cabrillo Peak, Morro Bay
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.
Scott Rock, Cambria
Across from Coast Union High School in Cambria, Scott Rock is a 200 foot formation of 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.
Indoor Rock Climbing
The Crux Climbing Center in San Luis Obispo, a very technologically advanced indoor rock climbing gym, offers more than 1,000 climbing routes for rock climbers of all skill levels.
Monday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Tuesday – Thursday: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The first non-profit bouldering club in the country, the SLO Op Climbing Gym in San Luis Obispo has 3,500 square feet of bouldering terrain, rings, ropes and a hang board, and even a weight room.
Monday – Thursday: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.