Foothill Crag ("The Foot") Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Aerial view of Foothill Ridge climbing area, Ojai.
Foothill Crag is to the north of Ojai, presumably named as it is because it is at the end of Foothill Road (it is also known as "The Foot", 'though there doesn't seem to be any reason for that). The north-facing crag has two separate areas of gritty sandstone with 18 routes, many with some bolts, but none quite "sport bolted." A couple of the routes have sufficient bolts so one may decide to lead without gear. Small to medium cams will help, but the protection is a bit sparse.
However, all of the routes can be top-roped, so excessive valor is not necessarily required. Several of the routes can be top-roped from fixed anchors accessible from the top of the crag, but several others require using trees and bushes as anchor points and extending the anchor point over the lip of the cliff. Forty or fifty feet or so of static line or webbing is necessary.
First, note that there are access issues with Foothill Crag. In former days, climbers would park at end of Foothill Road and walk the 3 minutes to the crag. However, the residents objected and parking is not allowed (and apparently, unauthorized vehicles will be cited and towed).
To get to the crag use the accepted and authorized method: From downtown Ojai, heading east on Ojai Avenue (Highway 150) turn left on Signal Street (there is a light - the signal). Signal Street curves right into Grand Avenue, but continue on Signal towards the hills. Turn left at the National Forest sign that points to "Pratt/Foothill Trailhead." Continue past a watertank on the right to a trailhead parking area.
The trail starts on the south side of the parking area, towards the valley. Hike on the trail (eventually passing between houses and backyards) until the trail reaches Foothill Road. Continue on the road uphill until a gate is reached. Continue past the gate on the now dirt road, passing the west end of a hill on your right (the crag is on the north side of the hill. Take the first trail that leads to the right. The north-facing crag is only partially visible from the road. The hike takes about 25-30 minutes. Lat/Long: 34.4705N 119.2512W
Weather station 1.4 miles from here
12 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Foothill Crag ("The Foot")
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Foothill Crag ("The Foot"):
Sob Story 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
R Trad, 1 pitch, 95'
I Love L.A. 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
PG13 Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Featured Route For Foothill Crag ("The Foot")
Clean Sweep 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Clean sweep is the mostly-bolted route to the right of the crack that splits the left side of Foothill Crag. There is a run-out section that isn't too difficult, but if you were to slip near the top of the runout before clipping you'd probably deck. The runout section might be protectable with a cam or two.The climbing is sandy slab climbing, clean at the bottom, kinda dirty in the runout section and near the top....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
BETA PHOTO: Route topo for Moon Doggies, at the Foot in Ojai.
By Perin Blanchard
From: Orem, UT
Feb 17, 2006
This isn't really off Highway 33 (although it isn't that far from 33), but it seemed kind of a waste to add another higher-level area for Ojai since this is the only crag likely to be added from directly around Ojai.
By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
Feb 18, 2006
To access the West (smaller) formation, bushwack back away from the top of the East formation. Turn right and continue bushwacking down and to the right until you reach the top of the West formation. Give yourself ten minutes the first time you try. With practice, this approach takes just seconds.
Be advised that the gully which separates formations is a scary approach. Dirty, exposed class 4 moves lead to the top of the West formation. Better to hike around from the east.
Central coast climbers should be advised that the rock at the Foot is softer than that at many other area crags. Treat all fixed gear with suspicion.
In early 2006, I pulled a 3/8" x 3-1/2" wedge bolt straight out of a hole using only moderate pressure. It is very clear that some of the rock at this site is simply not hard enough to resist the mechanical expansion created beneath the surface by climbing bolts.
By Mark Fletcher
Jan 12, 2014
The approach description needs a few more details to make sense: As you hike up from the Pratt Trailhead, the first paved road you will come to is a driveway, so do not try to follow it to the right or left. Rather, continue across this paved road to the second paved road, which will be Foothill Road. Then go up Foothill to the end. Go through the gate and hike about 300-400 feet (around a bend) to a foot trail on the right. Take this foot trail, which has wood water bars. Then after about 300' take a small trail on the right up to the base of the crag. If you are on the first trail (not the dirt road), but come to a sign, then you have gone too far.
I would say that this area is so-so. It is ok if you want to top rope, but there are better areas out there.