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Angeles National Forest  

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The Angeles National Forest, encompassing the San Gabriel Mountain range, is home to several sport climbing and bouldering venues. Elevations up to 7000 feet and a scenic alpine-like setting provide ideal summer conditions for Southern California's ever-growing climbing population.

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

402 Total Routes

['4 Stars',14],['3 Stars',112],['2 Stars',162],['1 Star',95],['Bomb',6]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Angeles National Forest:
South Bowl   Mod. Snow     Trad, Snow, 2200'   Manker Flat Area : 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
B1 Traverse   V4 6B     Boulder   Main Area : T - Boulder
The Refrigerator    V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 12'   Main Area : The Refrigerator
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
Yosemite Sam's Dinner Club Combo   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Tunnel Crag
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
NE Face from below, on the hike in. Go left for th...

NE Face Routes 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b AI2-3 Steep Snow 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

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

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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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