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Big Sur, home of the classic Slate's Spire.


Big Sur is a huge park with tons of hiking and climbing. It stretches from the Monterey-San Luis Obispo county line to just south of Monterey bay.

Getting There 

60 miles north of San Luis Obispo on Highway-1.

Climbing Season

Weather station 13.4 miles from here

15 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Big Sur:
Regular Route   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Slate's Spire
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Featured Route For Big Sur
The Poseidon Adventure follows the arete directly ...

Poseidon Adventure 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CA : Central Coast : ... : Slate's Spire
Head up the obvious arete on the right side of the main face. Stick to the arete. You may have to traverse in if the tide isn't low enough to start in the crack....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The beautiful coast of Big Sur
The beautiful coast of Big Sur
Beautiful fall colors!
Beautiful fall colors!
Pfeiffer State Park
Pfeiffer State Park
Having fun at Big Sur CA
Having fun at Big Sur CA

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By Isaac T.
From: Yokosuka, Japan
Oct 11, 2007
This area has HUGE potential. There is seemingly limitless amazing formations with even more amazing backdrops! I am rather surprised that this area has not seen more development although I am sure the remoteness has something to do with it. There are many developed camp grounds and small resorts/hotels all along the coast. There is Ripplewood
There is also Treebones where you can stay in a Yurt! There is also the Ragged Point Inn
As for camping check out CampOne
Also if you are looking to grub out check out Rocky Point Restaurant
They are about 12 miles south of Monterey.
By M.Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Oct 11, 2007
HUGE potential might be overly optimistic. The rock quality along the coast is not exactly Yosemite granite. Sea stacks like Slate's Spire are worth climbing once "for the experience". Granted, the views are 5 star!
By Christian B
Sep 9, 2010
Goofin around in Big Sur
Goofin around in Big Sur
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Sep 17, 2012
I have to agree with M. Morley's comment regarding Isaac T's statement about the potential for climbing & bouldering along the central coast of CA. While there is a lot of rock this area is OFF the beaten path and NOT on the road to any destination areas, so can't be considered really accessible and the rock quality varies greatly.
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