Elevation: 2,054 ft
GPS: 34.1116, -118.9264
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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 the 101 Freeway 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 25 minutes. Take the Mishe Mokwa trail for about 20 minutes. The trail intersects a dry stream bed on right at the bottom of a significant downhill section of the trail. There's a brown sign post in the wash marking the climbers trail. If you find yourself at the overlook you've gone 30 yards to far. Follow the stream bed down to the climbs making every effort to stay on durable surfaces (rock, not soil or vegetation). 

191 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 17 HVS 5a
 108
Intellitoys
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 119
Black Tide
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 122
B-Line
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 208
The Guillotine
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 125
Casey at the Bat
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 83
Blackjack
Sport 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 153
Espresso
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 71
Americano
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 63
Windfall
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 80
Death by Chocolate
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 100
Caffeine
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 65
Restrain This
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 71
Java
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 80
Geezer
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 52
Choptop
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Intellitoys Test Site
 108
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Black Tide Left Flank
 119
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
B-Line Left Flank
 122
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
The Guillotine Alcove
 208
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Casey at the Bat Easy Street
 125
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Blackjack Easy Street
 83
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Espresso Java Wall
 153
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Americano Java Wall
 71
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Windfall Treasure Towers
 63
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Death by Chocolate Chocolate Wall
 80
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Caffeine Java Wall
 100
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Restrain This Pink Wall
 65
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Java Java Wall
 71
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Geezer Alcove
 80
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Choptop White Wall
 52
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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