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
 133
Three Pigs
Boulder
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 142
The Guillotine
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 92
Casey at the Bat
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 133
Family Jewel
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 78
Rolling Blackout
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 139
Mr. Big
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 99
Delicious
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 96
Espresso
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 137
Johnny Can't Lead
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 89
Planet of the Apes
TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 95
Marauding Monkeys
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 71
Caffeine
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 102
Luscious
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 76
Urban Struggle
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 60
The Drifter
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Three Pigs Stoney Point > Boulder 1
 133
V0 4 Boulder
The Guillotine Santa Monica Mo… > Echo Cliffs > Alcove
 142
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Casey at the Bat Santa Monica Mo… > Echo Cliffs > Easy Street
 92
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Family Jewel Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Mt Gorgeous
 133
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Rolling Blackout Santa Monica Mo… > … > Century Lake Area > Power Wall
 78
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Mr. Big Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Stumbling Blocks
 139
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Delicious Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Mt Gorgeous
 99
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Espresso Santa Monica Mo… > Echo Cliffs > Java Wall
 96
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Johnny Can't Lead Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Ghetto Wall
 137
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Planet of the Apes Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Planet of the Apes Wall
 89
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c TR
Marauding Monkeys Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Mt Gorgeous
 95
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Caffeine Santa Monica Mo… > Echo Cliffs > Java Wall
 71
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Luscious Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Mt Gorgeous
 102
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Urban Struggle Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Ghetto Wall
 76
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Drifter Santa Monica Mo… > … > Century Lake Area > Drifter Wall
 60
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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Art Morimitsu
Huntington Beach, Ca
Art Morimitsu   Huntington Beach, Ca
Echo cliffs is under the sub area Santa Monica Mountains May 8, 2009
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