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Areas in Los Angeles Basin

Angeles National Forest 88 / 199 / 64 / 233 / 14 / 6 / 1 / 18 / 563
Beaches 12 / 2 / 2 / 55 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 59
Piru Creek 0 / 0 / 0 / 16 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Santa Ana Mountains 16 / 9 / 25 / 104 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 134
Santa Monica Mountains 15 / 411 / 44 / 116 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 571
Stoney Point 7 / 0 / 70 / 162 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 225
Verdugo Mountains 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Elevation: 257 ft
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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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Los Angeles Basin

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
Three Pigs
Boulder
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Chopping Block
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Moonshiner
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Kathmandu
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Gorgeous
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Guerilla Drilla
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
The Guillotine
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Casey at the Bat
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
The Third Degree
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Family Jewel
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Mr. Big
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Delicious
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Espresso
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Johnny Can't Lead
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Marauding Monkeys
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Three Pigs Stoney Point > Boulder 1 V0 4 Boulder
Chopping Block Santa Monica Mtns > Malibu Creek SP > Stumbling Blocks 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Moonshiner Santa Monica Mtns > Malibu Creek SP > Stumbling Blocks 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Kathmandu Santa Monica Mtns > Malibu Creek SP > Ghetto Wall 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Gorgeous Santa Monica Mtns > Malibu Creek SP > Mt. Gorgeous 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Guerilla Drilla Santa Monica Mtns > Malibu Creek SP > Stumbling Blocks 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
The Guillotine Santa Monica Mtns > Echo Cliffs > Alcove 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Casey at the Bat Santa Monica Mtns > Echo Cliffs > Easy Street 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
The Third Degree Santa Monica Mtns > Malibu Creek SP > Stumbling Blocks 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Family Jewel Santa Monica Mtns > Malibu Creek SP > Mt. Gorgeous 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Mr. Big Santa Monica Mtns > Malibu Creek SP > Stumbling Blocks 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Delicious Santa Monica Mtns > Malibu Creek SP > Mt. Gorgeous 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Espresso Santa Monica Mtns > Echo Cliffs > Java Wall 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Johnny Can't Lead Santa Monica Mtns > Malibu Creek SP > Ghetto Wall 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Marauding Monkeys Santa Monica Mtns > Malibu Creek SP > Mt. Gorgeous 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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Benjamin Chapman
Small Town, USA
Benjamin Chapman   Small Town, USA
A US District Court Judge, Terry Hatter, Jr., citing a 2012 federal appeals decision in Arizona has ruled against the US Forest Service Adventure Pass fees in Southern California. The federal judge has ruled that visitors to Southern California's four national forests DO NOT need to buy an Adventure Pass if they are only hiking and do not use forest facilities. What the rangers and/or ticket issuers can't do is just assume that anyone who is parked at a trailhead is using the facilities and issue a citation. May 6, 2014
Art Morimitsu
Huntington Beach, Ca
Art Morimitsu   Huntington Beach, Ca
Echo cliffs is under the sub area Santa Monica Mountains May 8, 2009

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