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Angeles National Forest Rock Climbing 

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The Angeles National Forest, and its neighboring areas, encompass most of the San Gabriel Mountain range. It is home to trad, sport climbing and bouldering venues. Elevations rise to 10,000 feet at the summit of Mount San Antonio, providing a scenic alpine-like setting with ideal summer conditions for Southern California's ever-growing climbing population.

Some routes here are in designated wilderness areas, where bolting is prohibited. You can find some current information at the Angeles National Forest website.

Getting There 

Most areas are accessed via the Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2) at the city of La Canada Flintridge from the west. Access from San Bernardino County from the east is currently unavailable due to the closure of the Angeles Crest Highway west of Wrightwood.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.0 miles from here

427 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',18],['3 Stars',128],['2 Stars',168],['1 Star',92],['Bomb',9]

Classic Climbing Routes in Angeles National Forest

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Angeles National Forest:
South Bowl        Trad, 2200'   Mount San Antonio (Mt. Bald...
Thin Crack   V0 4     Boulder, 20'   Main Area : U - Boulder
Thin Face   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Main Area : T - Boulder
Swiss Cheese   V2 5+     Boulder, 10'   Main Area : Swiss Cheese Boulder
The Fang   V3 6A     Boulder, 20'   Main Area : X5 Boulder
The Refrigerator    V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Main Area : The Refrigerator
B1 Traverse   V4 6B     Boulder   Main Area : T - Boulder
The Fang (Sit Start)   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Main Area : X5 Boulder
Cracker Jacks   5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Texas Canyon : Tower of Babel
Being There   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 3 pitches, 200'   Williamson Rock : Eagles Roost Buttress
Hyperion   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   Texas Canyon : The Elephant's Head (& Hype...
Agua Negro   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Texas Canyon : The Canyon
Betty Does Brownsville   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 88'   Texas Canyon : The Canyon
Sophie's Choice   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Texas Canyon : The Canyon
Itsy Bitsy Spider (climbed up the water spout)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Texas Canyon : The Canyon
Bilbo Surfs Galveston   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Texas Canyon : The Canyon
Before The Storm   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Texas Canyon : The Canyon
Boneyard   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Texas Canyon : The Egg
The Green Mile   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Texas Canyon : The Egg
Ant Line   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Horse Flats : Top Rope Wall
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Rock Climbing Photo: The Refrigerator

The Refrigerator V4 6B  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : The Refrigerator
Sit start with a right mini-jug side pull and a left side pull. Make your way into the horizontal and top out on crimps and a hidden pocket. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Angeles National Forest Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: San Gabriel Mountains from Lookout Point in the Sa...
San Gabriel Mountains from Lookout Point in the Sa...
Rock Climbing Photo: Williamson Rock viewed from Angeles Crest Hwy
BETA PHOTO: Williamson Rock viewed from Angeles Crest Hwy
Rock Climbing Photo: Strawberry Peak, Angeles NF
Strawberry Peak, Angeles NF
Rock Climbing Photo: The view from Mount Pacifico, Angeles NF
The view from Mount Pacifico, Angeles NF
Rock Climbing Photo: Horse Flats, Angeles National Forest.  Photo: Al B...
Horse Flats, Angeles National Forest. Photo: Al B...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset in the Angeles National Forest.
Sunset in the Angeles National Forest.

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By Jordan Ramey
From: Calgary, Alberta
Jul 14, 2008
Roped climbing illegal in the Angeles National Forest? I certainly don't believe it, but some guy was harrased for it and threatened to be ticketed. Check out the thread on SuperTopo:
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
May 6, 2014
A US District Court Judge, Terry Hatter, Jr., citing a 2012 federal appeals decision in Arizona has ruled against the US Forest Service Adventure Pass fees in Southern California. The federal judge has ruled that visitors to Southern California's four national forests DO NOT need to buy an Adventure Pass, if they are only hiking and do not use Forest facilities. What the rangers and/or ticket issuers can't do is just assume that anyone who is parked at a trailhead is using the facilities and issue a citation.

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