Elevation: 576 ft
GPS: 34.078, -118.593 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Michael Bartosek on Jul 9, 2009 · Updates
Admins: jt512, Nicole Wiesenthal, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen

Description

This area is sensitive to plants and wildlife due to the location being near a year-round water source. California State Park biologists regularly conduct field work in this area, and are aware of climber impact. Please keep a low profile, do not cut vegetation, and do not leave trash or fixed ropes. This is primarily a bouldering area that lies in the Canyon to the East of Topanga Canyon Blvd (27). I understand there are some top rope options in the area too. This area is described very well in Craig Fry's Southern California Bouldering Guide (2nd edition).

Getting There

If you park in the town of Topanga, head south along Topanga Canyon Blvd for approximately 1/2 mile and look for a small use trail on the west (right) side of the road. This leads to a graffiti covered culvert that will take you under Hwy 27 and down to the canyon bottom. Once at the bottom, head right (downstream) for about 1/8 mile or so and you will run into what I have dubbed "Area 1". The boulders are not purple here but there is ample evidence of climbing and the problems look to be relatively moderate. Continue downstream for another 1/8 mile and you will come to the Purple Stones North area. The Purple Stones South area is found approximately 1/8 mile downstream from this area.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Purple Stones

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V-easy 3
 5
Pyramid Arete
Boulder
V-easy 3
 7
Pyramid Face
Boulder
V-easy 3 R
 4
Sandy Beach
Boulder
V0 4
 7
Headwaters Ramp
Boulder
V1 5 R
 4
Muscle Beach
Boulder
V1 5
 10
Illuminati
Boulder
V1 5 R
 5
Broken Flake
Boulder
V1-2 5
 11
Maple Canyon Arete
Boulder
V2 5+
 12
When the Levee Breaks
Boulder
V4 6B PG13
 4
Lode Stone
Boulder
V4 6B
 7
The Seam
Boulder
V4 6B
 4
Colorado Arete
Boulder
V5 6C
 6
The Centerpiece
Boulder
V7 7A+
 6
Whirlpool Roof
Boulder
V8 7B
 6
Purple Prow
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Pyramid Arete Purple Stones N… > Purple Pyramid
 5
V-easy 3 Boulder
Pyramid Face Purple Stones N… > Purple Pyramid
 7
V-easy 3 Boulder
Sandy Beach Purple Stones N… > Zodiac Boulder
 4
V-easy 3 R Boulder
Headwaters Ramp Headwaters
 7
V0 4 Boulder
Muscle Beach Purple Stones N… > Zodiac Boulder
 4
V1 5 R Boulder
Illuminati Headwaters
 10
V1 5 Boulder
Broken Flake Purple Stones N… > Naked Edge Boulder
 5
V1 5 R Boulder
Maple Canyon Arete Headwaters
 11
V1-2 5 Boulder
When the Levee Breaks Headwaters
 12
V2 5+ Boulder
Lode Stone Purple Stones N… > Zodiac Boulder
 4
V4 6B PG13 Boulder
The Seam Headwaters
 7
V4 6B Boulder
Colorado Arete Purple Stones N… > Colorado Boulder
 4
V4 6B Boulder
The Centerpiece Headwaters
 6
V5 6C Boulder
Whirlpool Roof Purple Stones South
 6
V7 7A+ Boulder
Purple Prow Purple Stones N… > Naked Edge Boulder
 6
V8 7B Boulder
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