Elevation: 2,584 ft
GPS: 34.079, -118.659 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Michael Bartosek on Apr 4, 2009 · Updates
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Description

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.

Getting There

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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Corpse Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 29
Richard's Rift
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 29
Route 8
Trad, Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 28
Path of Enlichenment
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 25
Not Lichen This
Trad
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 33
Route 9
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 53
Route 5
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 46
Route 6
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 31
Route 3
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 60
Xeno Dance
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 52
Route 4
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 79
Route 2 - The Roof Route
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 43
Christmas Chronicle
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b V1-2 5
 19
A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
Sport, Boulder
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 49
Proud Mary
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b V2 5+
 49
Last Dance
Sport, Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Richard's Rift
 29
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Route 8
 29
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad, Sport
Path of Enlichenment
 28
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Not Lichen This
 25
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Route 9
 33
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport
Route 5
 53
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Route 6
 46
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Route 3
 31
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Xeno Dance
 60
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Route 4
 52
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Route 2 - The Roof Route
 79
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Christmas Chronicle
 43
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
 19
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b V1-2 5 Sport, Boulder
Proud Mary
 49
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Last Dance
 49
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b V2 5+ Sport, Boulder
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