Rock Climbing

The Monterey Peninsula offers some challenging climbs for both experienced and beginning climbers. Novices and intermediate climbers can test their skills on the south end of Garrapata State Beach, six miles south of Carmel on Highway One. Garrapata has a series of short 15- to 20-foot cliffs above the sandy beach.

For short courses in rock climbing, or information about climbing access to the volcanic crags and spires of Pinnacles National Monument (on Highway 146, east of Soledad), call Sanctuary Rock Gym at 831/899-2595.