Elevation: 2,054 ft
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Access Issue: Echo Cliffs - closures still in effect in the Grotto section. Details

Description

Echo Cliffs has become one of the premier sport climbing venues in Southern California and hosts nearly 200 routes. Echo Cliff offers many faces that feature pockets and blocky holds on vertical to overhanging rock in a beautiful, typically sunny setting. Many of the routes found at Echo Cliffs are long and require a 60-meter rope to lower off or toprope, so it's a good idea to always climb with a 60-meter rope and be mindful of the route descriptions and where the end of the rope is. All routes at Echo Cliffs are bolt protected and have fixed anchors at the top. While the temperatures are most enjoyable during the fall, winter, and spring, climbing is still possible in the summer.

Guidebooks: Louie Anderson and Todd Fertig, "Sport Climbing in the Santa Monicas," 2018.

Steve Edwards, "Rock Climbing Santa Barbara and Ventura," 2000.

Getting There

From Highway 101 take the Westlake Boulevard exit and head south on Westlake (California 23). After roughly 7 miles turn right (west) on Mulholland Highway. After half a mile turn right on Little Sycamore Canyon Road, which becomes Yerba Buena Road. After 4 miles park in dirt pullouts on either side of the road. The trail starts from parking lot on the right (west) side of road.

The hike in takes about 45 minutes. Take the Mishe Mokwa trail for about 30 minutes. The trail intersects a dry stream bed on right at the bottom of a significant downhill section of the trail. If you find yourself at the overlook you've gone 30 yards to far. Follow the stream bed down to the climbs.

188 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Echo Cliffs

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 84
Bushwhacked
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 107
Black Tide
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 96
Intellitoys
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 112
B-Line
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 189
The Guillotine
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 118
Casey at the Bat
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 80
Blackjack
Sport 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 138
Espresso
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 65
Americano
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 54
Windfall
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 75
Death by Chocolate
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 92
Caffeine
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 63
Restrain This
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 61
Java
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 74
Geezer
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bushwhacked Left Flank
 84
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Black Tide Left Flank
 107
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Intellitoys Test Site
 96
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
B-Line Left Flank
 112
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
The Guillotine Alcove
 189
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Casey at the Bat Easy Street
 118
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Blackjack Easy Street
 80
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Espresso Java Wall
 138
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Americano Java Wall
 65
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Windfall Treasure Towers
 54
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Death by Chocolate Chocolate Wall
 75
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Caffeine Java Wall
 92
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Restrain This Pink Wall
 63
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Java Java Wall
 61
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Geezer Alcove
 74
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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