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Planet of the Apes Wall

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Birthday Boy TR 
Christmas Pump TR 
Grape Ape TR 
Guerilla Warfare TR 
Monkey Sang, Monkey Do TR 
Planet of the Apes TR 
Shock the Monkey TR 
Spank the Monkey TR 
Spider Monkey TR 

Planet of the Apes Wall Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 900'
Location: 34.09765, -118.72905 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: jt512, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jordan K on Oct 8, 2006  with updates from Benjamin Chapman


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Planet of the Apes Wall is a very popular top-roping wall in Malibu Creek State Park. This is the location where footage was shot for "Planet of the Apes" and the M.A.S.H. television series. This 60-foot wall hosted the earliest roped climbing in the park and has been limited to top-roping. There are many sets of bolted anchors on the summit. The wall can be crowded on weekends and the routes on the left end of the wall get set up early. Due to the walls popularity it is common for parties of climbers to set up top-ropes and then share their ropes with other parties. This community environment allows everyone to maximize their time on the wall. Routes not to be missed include; Planet of the Apes (5.11a), and Monkey Sang, Monkey Do (5.11d).

The wall is in the shade in the morning and late afternoon, but can be warm on sunny days.

Getting There 

At the parking lot, continue towards the visitor center, cross a creek and turn left (south). Formation on the right. Approach 15-25 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.9 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Planet of the Apes Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Planet of the Apes Wall:
Shock the Monkey   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
Planet of the Apes   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     TR, 70'   
Birthday Boy   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     TR, 70'   
Spider Monkey   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     TR, 1 pitch   
Monkey Sang, Monkey Do   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     TR, 70'   
Spank the Monkey   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     TR, 70'   
Guerilla Warfare   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     TR, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Monkey Sang, Monkey Do 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : Planet of the Apes Wall
A terrific route. Same start as "Spank the Monkey", but trend right and continue up and over a small overlap before joining at the beginning of the final roof section. Catch a good rest mid height. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By Taz Luke
From: Santa Monica, CA
Jun 23, 2016
I've recently moved to the area and noticed that some of the anchors on this wall have spinning hangers. I haven't done any bolting but would be happy to help contribute to exchanging these spinning hangers with something more safe. If you're experienced and competent with placing anchors and bolting routes please feel free to contact me about replacing this gear or even bolting routes elsewhere. I would love to start developing areas. Thanks - Taz
By M.Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Dec 15, 2006
Popular - definitely.

Even though Planet of the Apes is a "toprope only" crag, I would NOT recommend it as a good choice for beginners. The easiest route is 5.9, and everything else is 5.10+ and above.
By Isaac T.
From: Yokosuka, Japan
Feb 19, 2007
I thought that Grape Ape (the 5.9), and a few other routes on this wall were sandbaged. A few other people climbing at the crag agreed with me. the 5.9 had super deep solid pockets almost all the way up and when the hand holds were not huge the feet were solid. There were a few beginners when I was there, and since it was TR only you have no problem putting caution to the wind and getting a good work out.
By Ken Trout
From: Golden, CO
Jan 26, 2009
So why is this a top rope only area? Seems a waste of the most easily accessed cliff in the Santa Monica Mountains. Or to put it another way, these routes could be better than Echo because the rock hurt the hands less.

By Rob M
From: Shangri-LA
Jul 15, 2011
Beginners will pump out immediately and then get frustrated. Take them to Point Dume. Therenis some stuff on stumbling blocks that would be better for them, but then they have to make the creek traverse without falling in....

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