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Horse Flats 


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Elevation: 5,000'
Location: 34.3494, -118.0158 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Plethora of boulder and top rope problems. Usually secluded. Great granite rock! Camping within walking distance (100yds) Can be super cold in the winter. Great summer place to escape the heat and smog of the LA basin.


Getting There 

Take the Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy 2) N. past the 134 and 210. The Horse Flats turnoff is ~28 miles from the Hwy 210 intersection, and is the next paved road after Newcomb's Ranch. The road is windy so look at your odometer. After taking the Horse Flats turnoff, drive ~2.5 miles to the Horse Flats campground. Park in the campground (gotta have adventure pass displayed I think). There are 5 main bouldering / top rope areas here all from south to west from the campground. Follow obvious trails to the crags located on the right side of the loop road through the campground. You can only drive one way on the loop road, so its on your right if you're driving. If you stand in campsite 1 and look across the road there is a climber trail right there. There is another trail further around the loop road by site 5 that is VERY evident. Follow this trail to the Teflon Presidents Area (first), Romeo Void, the Main Area, then finally up to Pie Slice. From Pie Slice you can follow a faint trail to the right over to the Top Rope Wall. It is easier to take the trail across from site 1 straight to the Tope Rope Wall though. The Romeo Void trail will loop past all the areas and back to camp eventually, but the trail is faint after Pie Slice.


50 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Horse Flats:
Thin Crack   V0 4     Boulder, 20'   Main Area : U - Boulder
Untitled   V0 4     Boulder, 20'   Main Area : T - 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
Reed's Direct   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 50'   Top Rope Wall
Horse Play   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, TR, 60'   Top Rope Wall
Mr. Ed   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     TR, 1 pitch, 20'   Romeo Void
Pie Slice   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Pie Slice
Left Slab Route 2   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     TR   Top Rope Wall
Blackies   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     TR, 80'   Top Rope Wall
Ant Line   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Top Rope Wall
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Ann working the Fang

The Fang V3 6A  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : X5 Boulder
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Eric on a HF slab
Eric on a HF slab
Bow Sprits (V3), the best moderate at Horse Flats.
Bow Sprits (V3), the best moderate at Horse Flats.
This is a very Old Photo taken in the mid 80's.
This is a very Old Photo taken in the mid 80's.
Rick Fredland on Victory Arete (V5), FA Todd Battey.  Between B1 traverse and Blank Generation.
Rick Fredland on Victory Arete (V5), FA Todd Batte...
The Sword Of Damocles (V8).  World-class problem--aesthetic, intimidating, hard.
The Sword Of Damocles (V8). World-class problem--...
High Chaparral (V5).  Easiest way to get to it is to go across the gully from Dragon Flake, then carefully pick your way though the manzanita and chamise.
High Chaparral (V5). Easiest way to get to it is ...
WARNING!
BETA PHOTO: WARNING!
Falcon (V5), just downhill from Blank Generation.
Falcon (V5), just downhill from Blank Generation.
Horse Flats,California <br /> <br />Gnome Problem
Horse Flats,California

Gnome Problem
The Wave, a little scary and still very satisfying.
The Wave, a little scary and still very satisfying...
Wow, look at all those folks enjoying the National Forest along the Angeles Crest Highway and NOT one Adventure Pass among them.
Wow, look at all those folks enjoying the National...
starting the B1 traverse
starting the B1 traverse
Topo of the Far Side area, across the gully from Orange Flambe and the Refrigerator
BETA PHOTO: Topo of the Far Side area, across the gully from O...
You Wanna F*** With Conan?!? in the Titanium Man area.
You Wanna F*** With Conan?!? in the Titanium Man a...
Map of problems at the Pie Slice area, to the right of the main trail a few minutes past the main area.
BETA PHOTO: Map of problems at the Pie Slice area, to the righ...
Nothing But Sunshine (V8/9) on the Peanut, put up by Rob Mulligan.  Awesome line--sustained, powerful, and technical.
Nothing But Sunshine (V8/9) on the Peanut, put up ...
Topo of the Titanium Man area, off the left side of the main trail past the Pie Slice.  The formation has a prominent triangular peak visible from Orange Flambe.
BETA PHOTO: Topo of the Titanium Man area, off the left side o...
Titanium Man (V5), a traverse past the Pie Slice area.
Titanium Man (V5), a traverse past the Pie Slice a...
A view from the firebreak.  Hard to believe this is only 10 miles from LA as the crow flies...
A view from the firebreak. Hard to believe this i...
Barndoor Arete (V3/4), worthy of the name.
Barndoor Arete (V3/4), worthy of the name.
Evolver (V5), Far Side area.
Evolver (V5), Far Side area.
The Transom (V2), the other arete on the Bow Sprits boulder.
The Transom (V2), the other arete on the Bow Sprit...
The Orange Flambe boulder; the main trail is to the left of this photo, and it's only about 100' from the B1 traverse.  Orange Flambe climbs the overhanging arete on the right.
The Orange Flambe boulder; the main trai...
Black Tower (V4), just downhill from B1 Traverse.
Black Tower (V4), just downhill from B1 Traverse.
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By Chris Owen
Administrator
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
May 28, 2007

Better than Williamson IMHO. Camping and bouldering is a great option if you like the mountains.

Campsite information can be found here.

Horse Flats is broken up into areas - some boulders have names, but the majority do not, which makes it tricky/confusing to record the routes. So perhaps each area can have an already named reference boulder to help locate the routes from...

By C Miller
Administrator
Aug 4, 2009

Online guide to Horse Flats Bouldering - www.earthrover.org/horse_flats/Horse_Flats_Bouldering.html

By Rick Hill
From: la crescenta, ca
Jun 1, 2010

just went this last weekend horse flats is open for camping and climbing. super fresh no chalk

By christian sweetsheppard
From: lakeviewterrace, ca
Jul 6, 2010

I was there today. It was great only my friend Jeff and I. There is already trash starting to gather. :( I cleaned what i could see but i only went to the main climbing spot.

By Clay Zamperini
From: Tarzana, CA
Sep 13, 2011

Anyone know of a decent topo? I'd really like to know what I'm climbing.

By Brian Chastain
Feb 11, 2012

Clay, someone already posted this but here you go again. www.earthrover.org/horse_flats/Horse_Flats_Bouldering.html

By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Feb 29, 2012

No more silly fees...

www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-forest-fee-20120229,0,18636>>>

By Chris Leger
Oct 28, 2012

My Horse Flats website (earthrover.net) went down--looking for a new place to host it. In the meantime, I posted 3 topos of some of the "newer" (only 8 or 10 years old now...) areas as photos here. Enjoy!

By Keith Leaman
Apr 8, 2013

Ray Palmer introduced me to Horse Flats in 1968. We bouldered here regularly in the late '60s-early '70s. Wondering if anyone knows of him or his whereabouts?