Elevation: 3,249 ft
GPS: 33.63, -117.491 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Jordan Ramey on Feb 26, 2007
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Description

The Santa Ana Mountains are the eastern boundary of the Los Angeles basin. They are peaked by the "Saddleback" formation of Santiago and Modjeska Peaks, both over 4,000 feet in elevation. The crest of the range forms part of the border between Orange and Riverside Counties. Most of the public land here is part of the Cleveland National Forest.

It has range has some good bouldering areas, including the two best known, El Cariso and Ortega Falls. A few crags here also have small single pitch roped routes, but overall rock here is short.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Santa Ana Mountains

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
 3
S's Bane 2
Boulder
V1 5
 11
Elysia
Boulder
V1-2 5
 8
Goomba
Boulder
V2 5+
 4
Pipe Around
Boulder
V2 5+
 3
Forex
Boulder
V4 6B
 8
El Chorizo
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 74
Dihedral
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 41
Horn
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 18
Route 1
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 62
Fingers
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 15
Route 2
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 9
Unknown
TR
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 35
Polished
Trad, TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 17
Splitter
Trad, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 8
Route 3
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
S's Bane 2 San Juan Canyon
 3
V0 4 Boulder
Elysia El Cariso > First Hill > Elysia
 11
V1 5 Boulder
Goomba El Cariso > Ridge Trail > Goomba
 8
V1-2 5 Boulder
Pipe Around El Cariso > Ridge Trail > Spine Boulder
 4
V2 5+ Boulder
Forex El Cariso > Ridge Trail > Goomba
 3
V2 5+ Boulder
El Chorizo El Cariso > Aid Hill > El Chorizo
 8
V4 6B Boulder
Dihedral Ortega Falls > Toprope Wall
 74
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Horn Ortega Falls > Toprope Wall
 41
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Route 1 San Juan Canyon
 18
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Fingers Ortega Falls > Toprope Wall
 62
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Route 2 San Juan Canyon
 15
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Unknown San Juan Canyon
 9
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
Polished Ortega Falls > Toprope Wall
 35
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Splitter Ortega Falls > Toprope Wall
 17
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, TR
Route 3 San Juan Canyon
 8
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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