Ortega Falls Rock Climbing
Routes in Ortega Falls
|Dihedral T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Falls, Right T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Fingers T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Horn T,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Polished T,TR 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Red-tailed S 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a|
|Splitter T,TR 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b|
|Thing One T,TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Thing Two T,TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Unknown TR 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|GPS:||33.627, -117.428 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Nate "Mustang" Johnson on Aug 3, 2007|
|Admins:||jt512, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionOrtega Falls is a small climbing area (only six actual routes ranging from 5.7 to 5.10c). There is abundant bouldering opportunities in the area if you follow the stream bed in either direction. The rock is water polished and can be very slick. Depending on the time of day it can be a nice shady place and usually has a pleasant breeze to mellow out the heat (which can be pretty terrible, 95+ in summer). There is a gereral store and a bar a few miles down the highway. Most people top rope but it can be led. There is a trail to the right of the falls that will take you to the top.
Getting ThereOrtega Falls is located .5 miles off of Highway 74. Park in the large turnout 2 miles west of El Cariso Village. The falls will be visible from the turn out. There are several small trails heading in every direction, so make sure you take the trails furthest to the right hand side of the turnout. The approach is about .5 miles of very mild hiking.
Classic Climbing Routes at Ortega Falls
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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