Angeles National Forest Rock Climbing
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
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.
Weather station 6.0 miles from here
449 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',16],['3 Stars',136],['2 Stars',174],['1 Star',96],['Bomb',9]
Classic Climbing Routes in Angeles National Forest
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Angeles National Forest:
Featured Route For Angeles National Forest
NE Face Routes 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
AI2-3 PG13 CA
: Los Angeles Basin
: ... : Mount Baden Powell
This page covers all routes on this face, as they are all quite similar. The rating posted is general, meaning they can vary a bit, but are mostly steep snow. Venturing onto steeper ground brings steeper snow, 4th-5th class crappy rock frozen in place, alpine ice, or anything in between. Conditions vary wildly.Hike in from Vincent Gap on the fire road heading south to Bighorn Mine. You'll hike in for 10-15min until you arrive at the base of a very big and obvious couloir. The road is washed out ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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.