Century Lake Area Rock Climbing
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Access Issue: New Access Difficulties Details
A new fence laced in razor wire has been erected on the far end of the dam where you used to hop over. Skirting around is a trivial matter, but I'm unsure how the message should be interpreted. There are no new signs indicating closures, and you can still hike over from Stumbling Blocks/Ghetto Wall. If anything the fence is going to have more of an effect on the hikers trying to do the loop than the climbers. On the plus side, I've never seen it so empty at this area.
A smaller (yet growing), secluded section of climbing near Century Lake featuring an unusually large proportion of moderates for Malibu Creek. Same quality rock as the rest of the park and just as well bolted. There is one main wall here (The Power Wall) hosting several decent sport routes, and a couple smaller sections of developed rock scattered around. There are also some boulders that can be climbed further down the wash, some of which have bolts put in to top rope because of questionable landings.
Hike into the park as usual and veer right up into the hills just past the visitor's center (if you stayed on the access road instead of the hiking trail just stay on the road). Continue on the road for maybe 10 minutes as you wind your way up into the hills, until you reach the top of the hill. Immediately on your left you should see a small pathway leading sharply downwards towards the dam. Follow this path down to the dam (which you should see almost immediately), keeping the lake on your right, around a fence blockade, and over the left side of the dam. You can choose to go the long way (down the ladder on the right) or the short way, over the fence to the left. Head forward a small ways then scramble down some rocks into the wash, on your right are two medium sized sections of detached rock next to the dam; the first is Drifter Wall, and the second, next to the dam, is Little Cheops. If you cross the wash and follow it downstream for 100 meters or so you will find a large wall on your left, The Power Wall. Directly across from it is a small section of rock known as The Water Wall.
Classic Climbing Routes at Century Lake Area
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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