Elevation: 1,963 ft
GPS: 33.011, -116.963 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: atp on Jun 9, 2016 with updates from Joe Frazer
Admins: Marc Kajut, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: Current San Diego County Advisories Details


Being on the North Eastern part of the mountain, the Hanging Garden area tends to be shady and filled with trees and plant life. The granite quality is good but of course there are a few grainy lines which should be noted in the problem description. This area will feel a little different then the usual woodson proper spots, but is a nice compliment and addition to the hill. With a ranging variety of grades and style there is a little something for everyone, ENJOY!

Getting There

Directions Part 1: Take the 67 East to Archie Moore Road, make a U-turn on Archie Moore Road and head back west on the 67. As you get back on the 67 you will notice a silver guard rail on your Right when the guard rail ends there will be a pull-out to park in.

Part 2: Once parked walk back toward the silver guard rail and you'll notice a dirt path on the left of the rail, walk 10 or 20 feet down the path and look to your left where you should notice a tall wooden railing and a walking path. Go under/over the wooden railing and head Left on the walking path.

Part 3: As you are walking on the pathway you will pass a golf course and eventually you should be behind some homes. The trail will be heading uphill. As you see the homes coming to an end, keep your eye out on the Left for a Cairn next to a single person trail branching to the left, take the left Trail exit.

Part 4: You will take the single person trail for a short distance and then it will run into a larger dirt road, you will go right on that to Road. Another short distance on that dirt road, look for a trail to your right (heads up a hill) marked with a Cairn. Take that trail.

That trail will involve a little scrabbling up/over some rock patches.

You will eventually come to a split in the trail, going left will take you to a large boulder (seen from the split in the trail) called the Backyard Boulder with a Crack 5.7 and a Flake 5.9 on it. Going right will take you to the Hanging Gardens area.

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Nice addition Andrew. Great directions. Jun 10, 2016
Andrew, is there much poison oak in this area? Jun 10, 2016
Clairemont Mesa, CA
atp   Clairemont Mesa, CA
Thanks Adam!

GoBoy-So far the poison oak hasn't been an issue, staying on trail and near the climbs will help as well. I'm sure there is a patch of it here and there, but again as far as the hiking/climbing goes you should be fine. But if you notice any large amounts in what seems like unavoidable spots let me know and I can remove it :-) Jun 10, 2016
This spot is freaking awesome! I spent a couple hours here this weekend and had a blast. Can't wait for the weather to cool off a little bit and put more time into some of the harder stuff.

One question though, how do you get off the Moon as my Witness boulder? The first time I climbed it I ended up getting stuck on top of it for like 20 minutes freaking out before I decided to jump for it into a bush haha. I assume some might down climb but I do not have the same head game for going down as I do for going up. I guess I'm just wondering if there is something I missed. After my initial experience I left a pad in the back of it on the flat boulder and kept jumping onto that. Aug 22, 2016
Clairemont Mesa, CA
atp   Clairemont Mesa, CA
Jan, glad your having fun! As far as the landing goes there is a flat Boulder to the left of Pangolin which I put a pad onto. So you can scoot down from the top then jump on. (Sounds like that's what you did) or yes otherwise you can down climb the lengthy slab section.
Enjoy! Aug 26, 2016
Climbed here this morning and loved it! Thanks for putting the time into developing this area and contributing it to MP! The Cairns are all gone for some reason on the approach but It wasn't too hard to find. Also, it looks like some holds broke off on Cheap Thrills. Sep 5, 2016
One of the starting foot holds on Out Cold snapped off. I don't think it changes the difficulty though. Sep 9, 2016
Joe Frazer
San Diego, CA
Joe Frazer   San Diego, CA
Area Update 2019:
Went to this circuit in between rains February 16, 2019. The directions here were spot on, thank you atp! No cairns as Zach mentioned, but not needed. It doesn't look like too many people have been back there since it's development, meaning most climbs still need cleaning. Unfortunately for me, I went for "Trapped under Ice" and it was literally dripping wet, so I will definitely be coming back in dryer conditions. The start hold on Golden Rule is indeed broken and will make that move a few grades harder, but it should still go. The other big thing other than typical overgrowth on trails and moss on some climbs, the tree above "Moon as my Witness" and "Project 10" has slumped a few feet lower making the V2-3 climb different, as you must traverse much lower. Project 10 probably won't go without it's removal, which I know would be unethical. Overall, I enjoy the seclusion from the main fire road and the variety of boulders and can't wait to project the rest of the circuit. 3 days ago