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Description

Texas Canyon, located in the high desert, between Santa Clarita and Aqua Dulce, consists of a collection of large conglomerate domes, isolated rock formations, and boulders nestled in the rolling hills of canyon country in NW Los Angeles County. Texas Canyon or Table Rock, the USFS designation, and the nearby Rowher Flats OHV Area are managed by the USFS, in cooperation with Los Angles County, and the State of California. Texas Canyon lies at 2500 ft in elevation. Currently, Texas Canyon hosts 160+ climbing routes from 5.0 - 5.13b. Most routes are bolted sport routes, and require only quick draws and lead to Fixe rings, chains, or shuts/hooks. A 60 meter rope is useful in climbing and descending most formations, some up to 200 in height.

The use of the Texas Canyon/Rowher Flats area spans several thousand years when local springs and the diverse landscape provided sufficient water and food to support the Tataviam Indian village. The area has been popular with OHV enthusiasts and rock climbers since the early 1960s, as evidenced by old rusty bolts and fixed pitons on some of the formations. Loomis, Leventhal, and Draper began putting up routes as early as 1992. Savage established several moderate sport routes between 1998 - 2000. Many of the moderate lines were filled in by Chapman and Neal from 2010 -2014. The area was closed for eighteen months, due to the October 2007 Buckweed Fire. The climbing at Texas Canyon can be characterized as bolted sport climbing on abundant pockets, knobs, and inclusions or weathered cobbles protruding from the surrounding rock. Climbing varies from low angle slab to steep overhung faces. The area has become popular due to the range of quality, well protected moderate routes and the short approach. Climbing is possible year round, with the exception of the coldest and hottest days. A cautious approach is advised as the conglomerate is friable and hand and footholds frequently break. Use of a helmet can not be overemphasized, especially for belayers.

An article in the Southern California Mountaineers Association (SCMA) Cliffnotes (August 1999), by Savage, provided the first documentation of climbing routes at Texas Canyon. Other guidebooks to Texas Canyon include; Best Climbs Los Angeles by Damon Corso (2014), Southern California Rock Climbing, Vol. 2 by Tom Slater (2013) and Southern California Sport Climbing, 3rd edition by Troy Mayr (2004). While these S. Cal guidebooks provide basic directions, approach information, photos, and rudimentary route topos, none of these guidebooks is comprehensive or current.  The best guidebook is Texas Canyon The Climbing Guide by Pam Neal with Ben Chapman (2019).  You'll need a copy of this last one since there is no cell reception at the crag to look things up on MountainProject on your smart phone.

Getting There

Texas Canyon is an easy 30 minute drive north from the San Fernando Valley. Take the I-5 or the 405 north to Hwy 14 toward Palmdale/Lancaster. Once through Santa Clarita, exit Sand Canyon Road and turn left and continue two miles on Sand Canyon Road to the T-intersection at Sierra Hwy. Turn right on Sierra Hwy and go ~ 5 miles to Rush Canyon Road. Turn left on Rush Canyon Road (5N13), which is marked as Rowher Flats OHV area. It quickly becomes a graded dirt road. Continue on Rush Canyon Road for 1.8 miles to a gated fire road at the ridge. Park and follow the fire road as it meanders 1/4 mile to a diagonal cutoff on the right, to the now obvious crag. It is permissible to park on either side of the road, but be cautious of parking too near the gate (no parking signs).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Texas Canyon

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 43
Hyperion
Sport 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 38
Tethys
Sport 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 46
Humpty Dumpty
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 69
Cascada
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 23
Buzz Worthy
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 28
Pick A Pocket
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 53
Sophie's Choice
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 24
Betty Does Brownsville
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 50
Itsy Bitsy Spider (climbed up th…
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 49
Slotterhouse
Sport
Egg
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 35
Boneyard
Sport
Egg
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 37
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Sport
Egg
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 40
Before The Storm
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 45
The Green Mile
Sport
Egg
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 6
Marshall Law
Sport
Egg
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Hyperion Elephant Head (& Hype…
 43
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 2 pitches
Tethys Pangea Wall (or Panga…
 38
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 2 pitches
Humpty Dumpty Diner
 46
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Cascada First Corridor
 69
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Buzz Worthy N Dallas 40
 23
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Pick A Pocket First Corridor
 28
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Sophie's Choice First Corridor
 53
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Betty Does Brownsville First Corridor
 24
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Itsy Bitsy Spider (climbed… First Corridor
 50
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Slotterhouse Egg
 49
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Boneyard Egg
 35
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Texas Chainsaw Massacre Egg
 37
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Before The Storm First Corridor
 40
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
The Green Mile Egg
 45
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Marshall Law Egg
 6
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
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