From panoramic views throughout Paso Robles wine country and the soaring foothills of San Luis Obispo, rock climbing is a favorite activity for many guests at Allegretto Resort and Vineyard. Join the active community of rock climbers with a day long, outdoor excursion or begin with a professional lesson at an indoor gym.
San Luis Obispo is particularly famous for the Nine Sisters (also referred to as the Morros), a series of volcanic foothills that begin in downtown San Luis Obispo and extend to Morro Rock in Morro Bay. They include Morro Rock, Cabrillo Peak, Black Hill, Hollister Peak, Cerro Romauldo, Chumash Peak, Bishop Peak - 1559', San Luis Peak, and Ishlay Hill.
Specific outdoor rock climbing locations:
- Cabrillo Peak, Morro Bay: This is a really accessible, Central Coast area that is great for beginners, as they can try their hand in top-roping and sport-leading on Cabrillo Peak (or Cerro Cabrillo). It’s located just south of Morro Bay, overlooking the picturesque Morro Bay estuary and Pacific Ocean. The rock type is largely dacite. Two climbing routes to try are El Dorado and Rockland that can be reached after a roughly ¼ mile hike from the parking lot. Wilderness Wall is another route that is north of Park Ridge.
- Scott Rock, Cambria: Scott Rock is a 200-foot formation of hard granitic rock that many climbers love to conquer. Find a course for rock climbing across from Coast Union High School in Cambria.
- Rock Front Ranch, Nipomo: To find a few great spots to climb, drive to Rock Front Ranch and cross the creek to find the climbing havens of Owl Tor, Big Rocks, Silly Rock, and Mr. Lee/Doom Wall. Owl Tor has about a dozen different routes, ranging from 5.12c to 5.15c. Big Rocks is essentially a large dome with caves in a wilderness setting.
Indoor rock climbing gyms:
- Crux Climbing Center: The grand Crux Climbing Center in San Luis Obispo has more than 1,000 climbing routes for rock climbers of all skill levels. The gym is known for its innovation, as it is very technologically advanced.
- Slo Op Climbing Gym: As the first non-profit bouldering club in the entire country, the SLO Op Climbing Gym in San Luis Obispo has 3,500 square feet of bouldering terrain, rings, ropes, a hang board, and a weight room.
If you need to purchase or rent rock climbing gear in the San Luis Obispo area before heading out, try venturing to Mountain Air Sports.
After gearing up for a day of rigorous adventure with a hearty breakfast at Cello Ristorante & Bar, go out and conquer the Central Californian famous foothills with a rock climbing excursion.