Elevation: 350 ft
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Shared By: Jeffrey Constine on May 22, 2009 with improvements by Benjamin Chapman and 2 others
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Tick Rock is an "urban crag" situated smack in the middle of the upscale Pacific Palisades community, between Santa Monica and Malibu. The rock is heavily fractured and featured fine-grained sandstone. The rock and the routes are more reminiscent of the granite of Riverside Quarry than the usual sandstone of Southern California.

The routes at Tick Rock are in the shade in the early morning and the afternoon, making it perfect for half day outings. There are Fifteen documented routes plus variations.

A steep trail leads up and over a small hill to the base, making for a short 30-second approach. Doniel Drazin, Steve Edwards, Jeff Constine, Jack Marshall, Louie Anderson, contributed to route development.

Shady after 2:30 p.m. Cool all summer! High-strength sandstone. DO NOT DO U-Turns In front of Tick Rock. Go up the Hwy make a legal turn back down the hill at the first Condos, THANKS!

Please pick up after your Dogs, Thanks. After Projecting a route please remove your Chalk Tick Marks Thanks.

Getting There

PCH to Sunset. Turn left on Palisades Dr. Park in a small turnout on the left about 1.5 miles up Palisades Dr. The top of the cliff and the start of the climber's trail are visible from the pullout. 30-second approach.

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ryan mattock
calabasas Ca
ryan mattock   calabasas Ca
been to tick rock just once. like the scene! great afternoon. Jun 24, 2009
Jim H
Pasadena, CA
Jim H   Pasadena, CA
Paul Hutton
Kansas City, MO
Paul Hutton   Kansas City, MO
Seemed like an ok place. Enjoyed climbing in the shade during the pm hours! Good, sturdy rock. Very challenging in the middle on the main wall. Nov 4, 2012
Anyone know if dogs are allowed in this climbing area? Feb 5, 2014
alex carey
Los Angeles, CA
alex carey   Los Angeles, CA
I have brought dogs here no problems and have seen others bring dogs as well. Sep 4, 2014
stephen abronson
Santa Monica, CA
stephen abronson   Santa Monica, CA
Any ideas on being able to use part of area for a top rope to get my 7 year old daughter some practice since it is so much closer to us than Stoney Point and Malibu Creek. Haven't actually been to the site yet, but live in Santa Monica.

Thanks! Mar 27, 2015
Jeffrey Constine
Los Angeles, CA
Jeffrey Constine   Los Angeles, CA
Just PM me I will meet you at tick. You can't go on top of tick to set up a TR, way loose and unsafe. You must lead a route to set up TR's Mar 28, 2015
Bend, OR
luketipple   Bend, OR
Does anyone have any info on the boulder at Tick Rock? There's chalk on the holds but unsure if anyone has named or graded the lines. I played with this line yesterday which goes with a ground start at probably v6 or maybe v4/v5 starting with your butt off the ground. I could be way off. Anyway, a super fun little boulder
Jul 20, 2015
Señor Arroz
Señor Arroz   LA, CA
Just climbed Tick Rock this morning. Be aware that there was a recent LARGE landslide that wiped out most of the belay terraces and steps that had been created over years. We shoveled out the little terrace below the "Original Route" quite a bit but decide to actually build a belayer anchor just to keep from accidentally falling down the landslide while belaying each other.

The bottom belay bench had big 20-30 lb rocks on it but cleaned up fairly well. Mostly intact. The area right in from of the main face is still clear.

All routes on the main face were climbable and clean. In fact, the rains made the rock the cleanest I've ever seen it here.

Exercise caution because it looks like there's a lot more earth ready to come down the hillside above the rock and the existing landslide is still unstable.

If anyone (Jeff!) wants to do a work day there to rebuild trails and terraces I'm totally on board. Let me know.

See attached photos.

Jan 28, 2017
Jeffrey Constine
Los Angeles, CA
Jeffrey Constine   Los Angeles, CA
Mar 25, 2017
Megan Keeku
Irvine, CA
Megan Keeku   Irvine, CA
Thank you, Jeff Constine, for letting me tag along to Tick Rock! Thanks for taking a chance on a newbie, trusting me, and coaching me through the climbs! I had a blast! Nov 1, 2018