Routes on Owl Torr

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We like Owl Torr

Drew LaPlante • over 6 years ago
Owl Torr is a bizarre climbing area, that strangely has it's way of drawing you back for more. This small section of rock strategically placed in the outskirts of Santa Maria, CA is the tallest overhanging piece of volcanic rock on the central coast. The rock is covered with pre-placed draws on bolts that are replaced quite frequently. Although this wall has many fun routes, it should be known that the good graces of nature did not make the routes, but are instead chipped from the work of some random people. And although the chipping usually deters people from coming here, it is a way to pull down hard on "gym" style routes, while being outside! The difficulty ranges from 5.11a to a possible 5.15a? In other words, a place to take your biceps and introduce them to being twice their size. Check out the famous "Cave" route that has big moves along a traversing slope out of a cave! Getting to Owl Torr adds to the bizareness, and you may want to bring a four-wheeler to get there, although it is possible with a small car. After winding through the mountains along East Hwy 146, take a left turn at a ranch. Although you seemingly drive through the ranch property, it is not private property. Travel the eroded dirt road fro a while, stopping when you reach an area that has a culdesac as a dead end. There will be a trail to the left of the culdesac in which you want to take. The small trail will lead you to the overhanging section of wall that is Owl Torr! Bring plenty of water as it is desert, and you will be crushing hard! 60m rope is plenty length to rap from. Enjoy the bizarre and tough climbing that this wonder of rock presents.
Elijah Ball • about 6 years ago
I go to Owl Tor all the time cuz it's rad. And Mr. Lee's is rad - it's down the road.
Alex Biale • over 6 years ago
Owl Torr is a steep, 20 meter cliff with routes ranging from 11d to 14+ projects. It's a great cliff if you like pockets and want to work on your power endurance!! Once you get to about Santa Maria, CA coming from the CA 101 you're going to want to take the 166 East about 25 miles in. You'll see a big barn and sign off to the left of the road with an obvious turnout. Take this and drive along the dirt road for a mile or so. Park on the left and follow the trail into the hills where you will find a steep cliff with FUN climbing!