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Nearby Mountain Bike Rides

Viper
Best downhill trail in Santa Clarita Near Santa Clarita, CA
La Tuna Canyon Trail
A dusty singletrack trail that dives down to La Tuna Canyon Road. Near Burbank, CA
Hostetter Fire Road
A wide open dirt road climb up the Verdugo Mountains. Near La Crescenta-Montrose, CA
Fern Truck Trail
Easy to manage doubletrack that gets you to some of the best downhill in the area. Near La Cañada Flintridge, CA
Gabrielino Trail
An easy trail following the Arroyo. Near La Cañada Flintridge, CA
Echo Sunset Prieto Loop
A sampling of the local singletrack trails with a steady climb and great views from the top. Near La Canada Flintridge, CA
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Los Angeles Basin  


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Description 

The sprawling L.A. Basin, bound on the north by the Santa Monica Mountains, the Santa Ana Mountains to the east and south, and to the west by the Pacific Ocean, is home to more than 10 million residents. The city of Los Angeles itself (pop. 4 million) is the second largest in the United States (New York City is first).

For truly world-class climbing, make the 2.5 hour trek out to Joshua Tree National Park or Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks.

Holcomb Valley Pinnacles and New Jack City for sport climbing are easily within shooting distance.

For shorter day trips, the San Fernando Valley (to the northwest of the L.A. Basin) and Santa Monica Mountains host an assortment of climbing on primarily soft sandstone and volcanic junk. Echo Cliffs, Stoney Point and Malibu Creek State Park comprise the majority of local "destination" areas. The once popular Williamson Rock is currently closed to climbing. Do NOT attempt to access Williamson Rock during the closure.

Getting There 

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1,039 Total Routes

['4 Stars',50],['3 Stars',345],['2 Stars',438],['1 Star',168],['Bomb',14]
['<=5.6',67],['5.7',48],['5.8',72],['5.9',73],['5.10',205],['5.11',141],['5.12',75],['5.13',31],['>=5.14',2],['',0],['<=V1',136],['V2-3',138],['V4-5',52],['V6-7',13],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Los Angeles Basin:
Three Pigs   V0 4     Boulder, Chipped, 1 pitch, 15'   Stoney Point : Boulder 1
Crowd Pleaser   V2 5+     Boulder, 25'   Stoney Point : Turlock
Iron Man   V2-3 5+     Boulder, 18'   Pirate's Cove (aka The Beac...
Kodas' Corner   V3 6A     Boulder, 20'   Stoney Point : Canyon Boulders
Diamond Man   V4 6B     Boulder, 25'   Pirate's Cove (aka The Beac...
Master of Reality   V5 6C     Boulder, 30'   Stoney Point : B1 Boulder
Chopping Block   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   Malibu Creek State Park : Stumbling Blocks
Intellitoys   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Echo Cliffs : Test Site
Gorgeous   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Malibu Creek State Park : Mt. Gorgeous
Kathmandu   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Malibu Creek State Park : Ghetto Wall
Guerilla Drilla   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   Malibu Creek State Park : Stumbling Blocks
The Guillotine   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Echo Cliffs : The Alcove
Delicious   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Malibu Creek State Park : Mt. Gorgeous
Mr. Big   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 35'   Malibu Creek State Park : Stumbling Blocks
Johnny Can't Lead   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Malibu Creek State Park : Ghetto Wall
Planet of the Apes   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     TR, 70'   Malibu Creek State Park : Planet of the Apes Wall
Marauding Monkeys   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Malibu Creek State Park : Mt. Gorgeous
The Drifter   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   Century Lake Area : Drifter Wall
Urban Struggle   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Malibu Creek State Park : Ghetto Wall
Ghetto Blaster   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Malibu Creek State Park : Ghetto Wall
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Christian Sweetsheppard on 3 Pigs - Mike Owen spotting.

Three Pigs V0 4  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : Boulder 1
A Stoney Point (and Rock and Ice) classic. Tricky start moves lead to the polished pin scars, a foot hold broke off recently which makes it a tad harder. Avoid the pin scars to make it a V3.Rock and Ice Issue #100: "500 Routes To Go At - Ultimate Tick List."...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Los Angeles Basin Slideshow Add Photo
Michael Reardon on Sculpture's Traverse - you'll be missed. <br />(c) Michael Reardon Collection
Michael Reardon on Sculpture's Traverse - you'll b...
Clouds above the LA Basin - Xmas 1989
Clouds above the LA Basin - Xmas 1989
One rather angry Alligator Lizard (Malibu Creek State Park)
One rather angry Alligator Lizard (Malibu Creek St...
Basalt boulders, Rancho Palos Verdes
Basalt boulders, Rancho Palos Verdes
Knott's Berry Farm, Orange County
Knott's Berry Farm, Orange County
The Echo Cliffs
BETA PHOTO: The Echo Cliffs
The bell at Friendship Park, San Pedro
The bell at Friendship Park, San Pedro
Seagull and sky, Corral State Beach
Seagull and sky, Corral State Beach
Scott Nomi tops out on Three Pigs.
Scott Nomi tops out on Three Pigs.
Friendship Park, San Pedro
Friendship Park, San Pedro
What's the situation with the pallets that keep showing up at Texas Canyon? Some in The Canyon and some in The Cave. The fire danger is high enough this summer without starting pallet fires.
What's the situation with the pallets that keep sh...
The approach, living in So-Cal is rough
The approach, living in So-Cal is rough
Disneyland, Orange County
Disneyland, Orange County
Amoeba Records, Hollywood
Amoeba Records, Hollywood
Ian Nichels climbing the south wall.
Ian Nichels climbing the south wall.
A view of the harbor, San Pedro
A view of the harbor, San Pedro
Southern California Bouldering Guide (2nd Edition)
Southern California Bouldering Guide (2nd Edition)
Point Vicente Lighthouse, Rancho Palos Verdes
Point Vicente Lighthouse, Rancho Palos Verdes
Union Station, Los Angeles County
Union Station, Los Angeles County
Local climbers and rangers join forces for a clean up at Echo Cliffs.
Local climbers and rangers join forces for a clean...
How strong is that?
How strong is that?

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By Art Morimitsu
From: Huntington Beach, Ca
May 8, 2009
Echo cliffs is under the sub area Santa Monica Mountains
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.