starting the B1 traverse
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.
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.
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Evolver (V5), Far Side area.
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High Chaparral (V5). Easiest way to get to it is ...
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The Sword Of Damocles (V8). World-class problem--...
Nothing But Sunshine (V8/9) on the Peanut, put up ...
Falcon (V5), just downhill from Blank Generation.
Titanium Man (V5), a traverse past the Pie Slice a...
Rick Fredland on Victory Arete (V5), FA Todd Batte...
Barndoor Arete (V3/4), worthy of the name.
The Wave, a little scary and still very satisfying...
The Transom (V2), the other arete on the Bow Sprit...
Bow Sprits (V3), the best moderate at Horse Flats.
Black Tower (V4), just downhill from B1 Traverse.
|By Chris Owen|
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 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 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?