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The Power Wall

California > Los Angeles Basin > Santa Monica Mo… > Malibu Creek SP > Century Lake Area
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Description

This is the main wall of the area, hosting a half-dozen or so routes, mostly easy to moderate. Hence, don’t be surprised to find a crowd hanging out here. Although there are several routes here many share anchors so there can only be about three parties climbing at any time. The route on the far left with the hanging belay (Power Grid) has its own open shuts. The two overhanging jug-hauls in the center share an anchor. And all the routes on the right side starting with the slab share an anchor.

Some recent new development has happened on the far right side of the wall, around the corner. The routes look like they could still use some cleaning up.

Getting There

After you pass over the dam and scramble down the hill into the wash, follow the stream for about 100 meters until you see a large wall on the left side with an obvious boulder scramble approach. There is an optional dirt path on the right side of the wash that will also get you there, but is actually sketchier than the boulder scramble in the wash itself.

Routes from Left to Right

5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 75
Power Grid
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 116
Power Station
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 109
Rolling Blackout
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 7
Power Outage
TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 122
Powder Puff Girls
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 87
Power Ranger
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 55
Electric Eye
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 12
Unknown 2
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 19
Unknown 1
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Power Grid
 75
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Power Station
 116
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Rolling Blackout
 109
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Power Outage
 7
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c TR
Powder Puff Girls
 122
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Power Ranger
 87
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Electric Eye
 55
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Unknown 2
 12
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Unknown 1
 19
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport

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Creek at the Power Wall on 10-2-10.
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ryan mattock
calabasas Ca
[Hide Comment] also another great place to hang out and climb. Mar 2, 2009
Bill Olszewski
Colorado Springs, CO
[Hide Comment] Another great wall with fun routes that are a little soft for their ratings. Love them huecos! Mar 18, 2009
[Hide Comment] Near the top of Power Station and Rolling Blackout, there is an amazing jug horn marked with an X in chalk. The hold is loose, and needs to be pulled off. Do not crank on it. I'll rip it down next time i'm there. Dec 30, 2015