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Far Side 0 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Hillyer Summit Trail Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Main Area 1 / 0 / 3 / 122 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 124
Pie Slice Area 1 / 0 / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Romeo Void 0 / 0 / 9 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Scab Slab 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Teflon Presidents 0 / 0 / 0 / 21 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21
Titanium Man 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Top Rope Trail 2 / 0 / 3 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Top Rope Wall 5 / 0 / 9 / 2 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 13
Voméo Roids 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Elevation: 5,000 ft
GPS: 34.349, -118.016 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Jordan Ramey on Feb 16, 2007 with updates
Admins: jt512, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

Plethora of boulder and top rope problems. Usually secluded. Great granite rock! Camping within walking distance (100yds) Can be super cold in the winter. Great summer place to escape the heat and smog of the LA basin.

Getting There

Take the Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy 2) N. past the 134 and 210. The Horse Flats turnoff is ~28 miles from the Hwy 210 intersection, and is the next paved road after Newcomb's Ranch. The road is windy so look at your odometer. After taking the Horse Flats turnoff, drive ~2.5 miles to the Horse Flats campground. Park in the campground (gotta have adventure pass displayed I think). There are 5 main bouldering / top rope areas here all from south to west from the campground. Follow obvious trails to the crags located on the right side of the loop road through the campground. You can only drive one way on the loop road, so its on your right if you're driving. If you stand in campsite 1 and look across the road there is a climber trail right there. There is another trail further around the loop road by site 5 that is VERY evident. Follow this trail to the Teflon Presidents Area (first), Romeo Void, the Main Area, then finally up to Pie Slice. From Pie Slice you can follow a faint trail to the right over to the Top Rope Wall. It is easier to take the trail across from site 1 straight to the Tope Rope Wall though. The Romeo Void trail will loop past all the areas and back to camp eventually, but the trail is faint after Pie Slice.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Horse Flats

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
Thin Crack
Boulder
V0 4
Y Crack
TR, Boulder
V2 5+
Swiss Cheese
Boulder
V2 5+
Thin Face
Boulder
V2 5+
Barndoor Arete
Boulder
V3 6A
The Fang
Boulder
V3 6A
Yardarm
Boulder
V4 6B
B1 Traverse
Boulder
V4 6B
The Refrigerator
Boulder
V5 6C
The Fang (Sit Start)
Boulder
V5 6C R
Dragon Flake
Boulder
V5 6C
The Falcon
Boulder
V5 6C
The Great Curve
Boulder
V9- 7C
Nothing But Sunshine
Boulder
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Ant Line
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Thin Crack Main Area > U - Boulder V0 4 Boulder
Y Crack Main Area > Y - Crack Boulder V0 4 TR, Boulder
Swiss Cheese Main Area > Swiss Cheese Boulder V2 5+ Boulder
Thin Face Main Area > T - Boulder V2 5+ Boulder
Barndoor Arete Main Area > X4 Boulder V2 5+ Boulder
The Fang Main Area > X5 Boulder V3 6A Boulder
Yardarm Top Rope Wall V3 6A Boulder
B1 Traverse Main Area > T - Boulder V4 6B Boulder
The Refrigerator Main Area > Refrigerator V4 6B Boulder
The Fang (Sit Start) Main Area > X5 Boulder V5 6C Boulder
Dragon Flake Main Area > Dragon Rock V5 6C R Boulder
The Falcon Main Area > Falcon Boulder V5 6C Boulder
The Great Curve Main Area > Great Curve Boulder V5 6C Boulder
Nothing But Sunshine Main Area > Peanut Boulder V9- 7C Boulder
Ant Line Top Rope Wall 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
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If you are just planning to climb for the day, make sure you park at the trailhead up the road past the turnoff for the Horse Flats campground about .2 miles. You will then hike up the backside of the mountain and come down the trail into the main area instead. There is NO day use parking anywhere inside the HF campground road, and you will be cited by the rangers if parked on the side of the road. Aug 27, 2016
Edmon  
I really enjoy camping there and the problems are fun. The trail starts across campsites 8 & 9 I believe, wherever there seems like an obvious trail head. It will just lead you up to the boulders, a 20-25 minute hike.

I would highly recommend a bug jacket and bug pants. The only thing I don't like about camping there is dealing with flies and mosquitoes. Aug 8, 2015
Ray Palmer introduced me to Horse Flats in 1968. We bouldered here regularly in the late '60s-early '70s. Wondering if anyone knows of him or his whereabouts? Apr 8, 2013
My Horse Flats website (earthrover.net) went down--looking for a new place to host it. In the meantime, I posted 3 topos of some of the "newer" (only 8 or 10 years old now...) areas as photos here. Enjoy! Oct 28, 2012
No more silly fees...

latimes.com/news/local/la-m… Feb 29, 2012
Clay, someone already posted this but here you go again. earthrover.org/horse_flats/… Feb 11, 2012
Clay Zamperini
Tarzana, CA
Clay Zamperini   Tarzana, CA
Anyone know of a decent topo? I'd really like to know what I'm climbing. Sep 13, 2011
christian sweetsheppard
lakeviewterrace, ca
christian sweetsheppard   lakeviewterrace, ca
I was there today. It was great only my friend Jeff and I. There is already trash starting to gather. :( I cleaned what i could see but i only went to the main climbing spot. Jul 6, 2010
Rick Hill
la crescenta, ca
Rick Hill   la crescenta, ca
just went this last weekend horse flats is open for camping and climbing. super fresh no chalk Jun 1, 2010
C Miller   CA  
Online guide to Horse Flats Bouldering - earthrover.org/horse_flats/… Aug 4, 2009
Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
Chris Owen   Big Bear Lake  
Better than Williamson IMHO. Camping and bouldering is a great option if you like the mountains.

Campsite information can be found here.

Horse Flats is broken up into areas - some boulders have names, but the majority do not, which makes it tricky/confusing to record the routes. So perhaps each area can have an already named reference boulder to help locate the routes from... May 28, 2007

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