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Areas in Santa Ana Mountains

El Cariso 2 / 5 / 4 / 52 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 57
Jurassic Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
KinderCare Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Main Divide 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Ortega Falls 8 / 1 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Ortega Falls Top Rope 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
San Juan Canyon 3 / 3 / 3 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Tenaja Falls 1 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Tenaja Falls Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
UC Irvine 0 / 0 / 4 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Upper Candy Store Boulders 2 / 0 / 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Upper San Juan Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Elevation: 5,542 ft
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Shared By: Jordan Ramey on Feb 26, 2007
Admins: jt512, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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.
V1 5
Elysia
Boulder
V2-3 5+
Grumpy Man (aka old man)
Boulder
V2-3 5+
Goomba
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
Castration
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
Pipe Around
Boulder
V4 6B
El Chorizo
Boulder
V4+ 6B+
Big Day At Pink House
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Dihedral
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
unknown slab
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b V-easy 3
Girl in the Curl V1
Trad, Boulder
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Fingers
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Route 2
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Slim Jim
Sport, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Unknown
TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Splitter
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Elysia El Cariso > Elysia V1 5 Boulder
Grumpy Man (aka old man) El Cariso > Grumpy Man V2-3 5+ Boulder
Goomba El Cariso > El Cariso - Misc Problems V2-3 5+ Boulder
Castration El Cariso > El Cariso - Misc Problems V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Pipe Around El Cariso > El Cariso - Misc Problems V3-4 6A+ Boulder
El Chorizo El Cariso > El Cariso - Misc Problems V4 6B Boulder
Big Day At Pink House El Cariso > El Cariso - Misc Problems V4+ 6B+ Boulder
Dihedral Ortega Falls 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
unknown slab El Cariso > El Cariso - Misc Problems 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Sport, TR
Girl in the Curl V1 El Cariso > El Cariso - Misc Problems 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b V-easy 3 Trad, Boulder
Fingers Ortega Falls 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Route 2 San Juan Canyon 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Slim Jim El Cariso > El Cariso - Misc Problems 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, TR
Unknown Ortega Falls 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b TR
Splitter Ortega Falls 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, TR
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Not to be a jerk but SoCal is my home and Clevland Ntl Forest or any mountains surrounding OC are not prime in June as this graph above indicates. In fact, it may be close to the poorest time to climb. Try full on winter time. Jun 21, 2015

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