Corpse Wall Rock Climbing
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The Corpse Wall (2600 ft), located on Stunt Road, near the crest of the Santa Monica Mountains, is a north facing sandstone outcrop. While the Corpse Wall receives modest traffic from climbers the rock exhibits a grainy/ball barring feel under foot and a considerable amount of lichen throughout.
Corpse Wall hosts twenty-three bolt protected "sport" routes, which often take or may require supplemental traditional gear, depending on your abilities and head for run outs on moderate grades. Remember to bring a selection of cams and nuts for most routes.
The rock is sandstone with aggregate or pebbles protruding from the matrix, on many routes. While the Corpse Wall seems to be the perfect low commitment sport crag, the north facing aspect makes it shady and cold in the winter and sunny and hot in the summer. The best climbing days are warm fall or winter days and cool spring days.
The main wall is referred to as the "Corpse Wall" as the route developers discovered a body at the base. The crag was developed in the mid-2000s.
Santa Monica Mountains. Park at the Topanga Lookout Trailhead, located at the intersection of Stunt Road, Saddle Peak Road and Schueren Road. The trailhead for the Backbone trail is 100 yards down Stunt Road on your left. Hike up the Backbone trail to the West, passing the water tower on your right. After 0.3 miles there is a fork in the trail, stay right at the fork to stay on the Backbone trail and continue downhill to the climbs. You'll pass a 20' wall adjacent to the left of the trail. Just after this wall the trail splits, continuing straight leads to the top of the wall and the anchors for top roping, taking a right leads to the bottom of the wall.
Being there: You're at 2600 feet elevation, bring some warmer clothes and a windbreaker. In the winter months before daylight savings you'll not get a glimpse of the sun from where you belay and climb. It tends to get windy often especially in winter.
Classic Climbing Routes at Corpse Wall
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