Elevation: 257 ft
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Shared By: Mike Morley on Jan 3, 2007 · Updates
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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
 93
Thin Crack
Boulder
V1 5
 84
Hoof and Mouth
Boulder
V1 5
 110
Spiral Traverse
Boulder
V3 6A
 84
Leaping Lizards
Boulder
V3+ 6A+
 125
The Crack
Boulder
V5 6C
 69
Master of Reality
Boulder
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 194
The Guillotine
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 99
Rolling Blackout
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 140
Espresso
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 196
Johnny Can't Lead
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 126
Planet of the Apes
TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 138
Marauding Monkeys
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 95
Caffeine
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 124
Urban Struggle
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 79
The Drifter
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Thin Crack Angeles Nationa… > … > Main Area > Thin Crack Boulder
 93
V0 4 Boulder
Hoof and Mouth Stoney Point > Turlock
 84
V1 5 Boulder
Spiral Traverse Stoney Point > Spiral Boulder
 110
V1 5 Boulder
Leaping Lizards Stoney Point > Boulder 1
 84
V3 6A Boulder
The Crack Stoney Point > B1 Boulder
 125
V3+ 6A+ Boulder
Master of Reality Stoney Point > B1 Boulder
 69
V5 6C Boulder
The Guillotine Santa Monica Mo… > Echo Cliffs > Alcove
 194
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Rolling Blackout Santa Monica Mo… > … > Century Lake Area > Power Wall
 99
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Espresso Santa Monica Mo… > Echo Cliffs > Java Wall
 140
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Johnny Can't Lead Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Ghetto Wall
 196
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Planet of the Apes Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Planet of the Apes Wall
 126
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c TR
Marauding Monkeys Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Mt Gorgeous
 138
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Caffeine Santa Monica Mo… > Echo Cliffs > Java Wall
 95
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Urban Struggle Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Ghetto Wall
 124
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Drifter Santa Monica Mo… > … > Century Lake Area > Drifter Wall
 79
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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