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Nearby Mountain Bike Rides

Dead Cow
A short, relentless, technical climb. Near Oak Park, CA
Dead Cow/Suicide Loop
Short, relentless technical climb followed by a thrilling downhill ride recommended for any DHer Near Oak Park, CA
Suicide
Bring your "A" game because this trail is going to challenge you. Near Oak Park, CA
New Millennium Trail
An amazing loop with awesome views, technical switchbacks, brutal climbs, and fast downhills. Near Agoura Hills, CA
New Millennium Trail + Las Virgenes Downhill
An amazing loop with awesome views, technical switchbacks, brutal climbs, and fast downhills. Near Agoura Hills, CA
Las Llajas/Chumash Loop
An excellent cardio ride with a delighful downhill treat. Near Santa Susana, CA
From MP's sister site: MTB Project

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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1,005 Total Routes


['4 Stars',49],['3 Stars',337],['2 Stars',414],['1 Star',163],['Bomb',15]
['<=5.6',61],['5.7',46],['5.8',72],['5.9',74],['5.10',200],['5.11',135],['5.12',75],['5.13',31],['>=5.14',2],['',0],['<=V1',134],['V2-3',130],['V4-5',46],['V6-7',12],['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- HVS 4c     Sport   Malibu Creek State Park : Stumbling Blocks
Intellitoys   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Echo Cliffs : Test Site
Gorgeous   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Malibu Creek State Park : Mt. Gorgeous
Kathmandu   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Malibu Creek State Park : Ghetto Wall
Guerilla Drilla   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport   Malibu Creek State Park : Stumbling Blocks
The Guillotine   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Echo Cliffs : The Alcove
Johnny Can't Lead   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Malibu Creek State Park : Ghetto Wall
Mr. Big   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 35'   Malibu Creek State Park : Stumbling Blocks
Delicious   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Malibu Creek State Park : Mt. Gorgeous
Marauding Monkeys   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Malibu Creek State Park : Mt. Gorgeous
Planet of the Apes   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     TR, 70'   Malibu Creek State Park : Planet of the Apes Wall
The Drifter   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 60'   Century Lake Area : Drifter Wall
Urban Struggle   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Malibu Creek State Park : Ghetto Wall
Ghetto Blaster   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Malibu Creek State Park : Ghetto Wall
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News and Events For Los Angeles Basin
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Michael Reardon on Sculpture's Traverse - you'll be missed. <br />(c) Michael Reardon Collection
Michael Reardon on Sculpture's Traverse - you'll b...
One rather angry Alligator Lizard (Malibu Creek State Park)
One rather angry Alligator Lizard (Malibu Creek St...
Clouds above the LA Basin - Xmas 1989
Clouds above the LA Basin - Xmas 1989
Basalt boulders, Rancho Palos Verdes
Basalt boulders, Rancho Palos Verdes
Knott's Berry Farm, Orange County
Knott's Berry Farm, Orange County
Scott Nomi tops out on Three Pigs.
Scott Nomi tops out on Three Pigs.
Union Station, Los Angeles County
Union Station, Los Angeles County
The bell at Friendship Park, San Pedro
The bell at Friendship Park, San Pedro
The Echo Cliffs
BETA PHOTO: The Echo Cliffs
Local climbers and rangers join forces for a clean up at Echo Cliffs.
Local climbers and rangers join forces for a clean...
Friendship Park, San Pedro
Friendship Park, San Pedro
Southern California Bouldering Guide (2nd Edition)
Southern California Bouldering Guide (2nd Edition)
Disneyland, Orange County
Disneyland, Orange County
The approach, living in So-Cal is rough
The approach, living in So-Cal is rough
Ian Nichels climbing the south wall.
Ian Nichels climbing the south wall.
Amoeba Records, Hollywood
Amoeba Records, Hollywood
A view of the harbor, San Pedro
A view of the harbor, San Pedro
Seagull and sky, Corral State Beach
Seagull and sky, Corral State Beach
Point Vicente Lighthouse, Rancho Palos Verdes
Point Vicente Lighthouse, Rancho Palos Verdes
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...
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By Art Morimitsu
From: Huntington Beach, Ca
May 8, 2009

Echo cliffs is under the sub area Santa Monica Mountains