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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

407 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',14],['3 Stars',119],['2 Stars',164],['1 Star',91],['Bomb',7]

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   Mod. Snow     Trad, Snow, 2200'   Mount San Antonio (Mt. Bald...
Thin Crack   V0 4     Boulder, 20'   Main Area : U - Boulder
Y Crack   V1 5     TR, Boulder, 25'   Main Area : Y - Crack Boulder
Thin Face   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Main Area : T - Boulder
The Fang   V3 6A     Boulder, 20'   Main Area : X5 Boulder
Swiss Cheese   V4 6B     Boulder, 10'   Main Area : Swiss Cheese Boulder
The Refrigerator    V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 12'   Main Area : The Refrigerator
Cracker Jacks   5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Texas Canyon : Tower of Babel
Tethys   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   Texas Canyon : Pangea Wall (or Pangaea Wal...
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
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
Bilbo Surfs Galveston   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Texas Canyon : The Canyon
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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Featured Route For Angeles National Forest
Rock Climbing Photo: Pulling down on splendid pockets on "The Gree...

The Green Mile 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : The Egg
"The Green Mile" climbs the wonderfully pocketed steep face on the far right side of The Egg Cup buttress. It is easily seen to the left as one walks up the trail into the shady First Corridor. Climb the face left of the rounded flake on splendid pockets to a high 1st bolt. Continue up and right following the line of pockets to a large inclusion on the left. The pockets end and the face bulges out to yield a committing crux on small fingery edges, then more pockets to a last bolt and a series of...[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: The view from Mount Pacifico, Angeles NF
The view from Mount Pacifico, Angeles NF
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset in the Angeles National Forest.
Sunset in the Angeles National Forest.
Rock Climbing Photo: Strawberry Peak, Angeles NF
Strawberry Peak, Angeles NF

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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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