Elevation: 257 ft
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Shared By: M Morley on Jan 3, 2007 with 1 Suggestions
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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
 86
Thin Crack
Boulder
V1 5
 87
Spiral Traverse
Boulder
V3 6A
 97
The Crack
Boulder
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 170
The Guillotine
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 91
Rolling Blackout
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 176
Mr. Big
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 123
Espresso
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 172
Johnny Can't Lead
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 113
Planet of the Apes
TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 126
Marauding Monkeys
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 82
Caffeine
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 140
Luscious
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 88
Letterbox
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 104
Urban Struggle
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 69
The Drifter
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Thin Crack Angeles Nationa… > … > Main Area > Thin Crack Boulder
 86
V0 4 Boulder
Spiral Traverse Stoney Point > Spiral Boulder
 87
V1 5 Boulder
The Crack Stoney Point > B1 Boulder
 97
V3 6A Boulder
The Guillotine Santa Monica Mo… > Echo Cliffs > Alcove
 170
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Rolling Blackout Santa Monica Mo… > … > Century Lake Area > Power Wall
 91
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Mr. Big Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Stumbling Blocks
 176
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Espresso Santa Monica Mo… > Echo Cliffs > Java Wall
 123
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Johnny Can't Lead Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Ghetto Wall
 172
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Planet of the Apes Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Planet of the Apes Wall
 113
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c TR
Marauding Monkeys Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Mt Gorgeous
 126
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Caffeine Santa Monica Mo… > Echo Cliffs > Java Wall
 82
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Luscious Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Mt Gorgeous
 140
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Letterbox Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Stumbling Blocks
 88
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Urban Struggle Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Ghetto Wall
 104
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Drifter Santa Monica Mo… > … > Century Lake Area > Drifter Wall
 69
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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