Use onX Backcountry to explore the terrain in 3D, view recent satellite imagery, and more. Now available in onX Backcountry Mobile apps! For more information see this post.
Elevation: 3,249 ft 990 m
GPS: 33.62988, -117.49054
Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 282,031 total · 1,345/month
Shared By: Jordan Ramey on Feb 26, 2007
Admins: jt512, Nicole Wiesenthal, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer Ski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description Suggest change

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.

Getting There Suggest change

Drive to Orange County

201 Total Climbs

Route Finder - Best Climbs for YOU!

Location: Santa Ana Mountains Change
Type:  to 
Quality:
Pitches:
Sort by:   then:
 

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
 9
Choss Boss Splitter
Boulder
V2 5+
 5
Pipe Around
Boulder
V2 5+
 4
Forex
Boulder
V2-3 5+
 14
Grumpy Man (aka old man)
Boulder
V3 6A
 4
Sticks and Stones
Boulder
V4 6B
 9
El Chorizo
Boulder
V4-5 6B+
 4
Batshit (AKA Guano)
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 87
Dihedral
Trad, TR
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 46
Horn
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 71
Fingers
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 18
Route 2
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 44
Polished
Trad, TR
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 11
Unknown
TR
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 19
Splitter
Trad, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 10
Route 3
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Choss Boss Splitter KinderCare Boulders
 9
V0 4 Boulder
Pipe Around El Cariso > Ridge Trail > Spine Boulder
 5
V2 5+ Boulder
Forex El Cariso > Ridge Trail > Goomba
 4
V2 5+ Boulder
Grumpy Man (aka old man) El Cariso > Ridge Trail > Grumpy Man
 14
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Sticks and Stones KinderCare Boulders
 4
V3 6A Boulder
El Chorizo El Cariso > Aid Hill > El Chorizo
 9
V4 6B Boulder
Batshit (AKA Guano) Trabuco Creek > Batman Boulder
 4
V4-5 6B+ Boulder
Dihedral Ortega Falls > Toprope Wall
 87
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Horn Ortega Falls > Toprope Wall
 46
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Fingers Ortega Falls > Toprope Wall
 71
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Route 2 San Juan Canyon
 18
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Polished Ortega Falls > Toprope Wall
 44
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Unknown San Juan Canyon
 11
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b TR
Splitter Ortega Falls > Toprope Wall
 19
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, TR
Route 3 San Juan Canyon
 10
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
More Classic Climbs in Santa Ana Mountains »

Weather Averages

High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w Precip
 
Prime Climbing Season
J F M A M J J A S O N D
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Photos

loading