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Santa Monica Mountains Rock Climbing 


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Juvenile Striped Racer, Santa Monica Mountains

Description 

Santa Monica Mountains rise above Los Angeles, widen to meet the curve of Santa Monica Bay and reach their highest peaks facing the ocean, forming a beautiful and multi-faceted landscape
Covering 250 square miles, rising out of the Pacific Ocean to a height over 3,000'. The mountain range was driven up from the sea over 10 million years ago. Weathering created rugged landscapes of canyons up to 2,000' deep with unique rock formations.
Located in a Mediterranean ecosystem, the Santa Monica Mountains contain a wide variety of plants and wildlife.

Climate 

Santa Monica Mountains have a dry, warm to humid summers and wet, mild to cool winters

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.2 miles from here

426 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',26],['3 Stars',174],['2 Stars',165],['1 Star',47],['Bomb',5]
['<=5.6',10],['5.7',14],['5.8',35],['5.9',30],['5.10',123],['5.11',95],['5.12',70],['5.13',34],['>=5.14',3],['',0],['<=V1',7],['V2-3',4],['V4-5',2],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Santa Monica Mountains

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Santa Monica Mountains:
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
Guerilla Drilla   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport   Malibu Creek State Park : Stumbling Blocks
Kathmandu   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Malibu Creek State Park : Ghetto Wall
The Guillotine   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Echo Cliffs : The Alcove
Rolling Blackout   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 50'   Century Lake Area : The Power Wall
Mr. Big   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 35'   Malibu Creek State Park : Stumbling Blocks
Delicious   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Malibu Creek State Park : Mt. Gorgeous
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
Johnny Can't Lead   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Malibu Creek State Park : Ghetto Wall
Caffeine   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Echo Cliffs : Java Wall
Feel The Bern   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Malibu Creek State Park : Mt. Gorgeous
Luscious   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 60'   Malibu Creek State Park : Mt. Gorgeous
Monkey Sang, Monkey Do   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     TR, 70'   Malibu Creek State Park : Planet of the Apes Wall
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
State of Grace   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Echo Cliffs : White Wall
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Featured Route For Santa Monica Mountains
Rock Climbing Photo: R.I.B. is the climb on the right

R.I.B. 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : Bee Rock (Griffith Park)
My favorite climb here. This is the tallest climb on the wall and thanks to a 12" glue in bolt it goes through the lightly overhanging rock at the top of the cliff. Start on the dirty slab and clip a bolt before getting to the actual climb. BETA ALERT: Follow a series of wacos to two small crimps and a dyno to a large waco. Move up and left to a hidden crimp rail above a block and the crux . Move quickly around a bulge through a series of crimps. Climb up easier ground for two bolts...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Santa Monica Mountains Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Litter recently gathered from the base of Echo Cli...
Litter recently gathered from the base of Echo Cli...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset over the Santa Monica Mountains.
Sunset over the Santa Monica Mountains.
Rock Climbing Photo: Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum), Santa Monic...
Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum), Santa Monic...
Rock Climbing Photo: California Quail (Callipepla californica)
California Quail (Callipepla californica)
Rock Climbing Photo: Many years, springtime brings an extraordinary wil...
Many years, springtime brings an extraordinary wil...
Rock Climbing Photo: Planet of the Apes Wall, Malibu Creek State Park, ...
Planet of the Apes Wall, Malibu Creek State Park, ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Local climbers and rangers join forces to clean up...
Local climbers and rangers join forces to clean up...
Rock Climbing Photo: Echo Cliffs, Santa Monica Mountains
Echo Cliffs, Santa Monica Mountains
Rock Climbing Photo: A sellout crowd at the Mishe Mokwa Trailhead.
A sellout crowd at the Mishe Mokwa Trailhead.
Rock Climbing Photo: The falls in the Grotto, at Echo Cliffs, in wet co...
The falls in the Grotto, at Echo Cliffs, in wet co...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Poison Oak is really blooming along the Mishe ...
The Poison Oak is really blooming along the Mishe ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Water cascading down the normally dry descent gull...
Water cascading down the normally dry descent gull...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Allen/Sandstone Peak...3,111 ft.
Mt. Allen/Sandstone Peak...3,111 ft.

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