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Elevation: 1,654 ft
GPS: 34.21, -118.292 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Dakota Kappen on May 6, 2017
Admins: jt512, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Mostly sunny, just like the rest of LA. Clouds can cover tops of mountains on cloudy days making it a little wetter. Weekends can be crowded in terms of parking, but the rock(s) probably not. No access fees. Rock is pretty solid in some parts with gneiss, kinda chossy sandstone in other parts.

Not a lot of climbs, just small and easy boulder problems that I have found in some of the canyons.

Getting There

Drive up E Harvard Rd. in Burbank to access Wildwood Canyon Park area.

Drive up La Tuna Canyon Rd. from Sun Valley or Crescenta Highlands to access Verdugo Mountain Park and La Tuna Canyon Park.

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Spider Savage
Los Angeles, ID
Spider Savage   Los Angeles, ID
Some history: I found this boulder when I moved into the neighbor below in 1988. There were two rusty expansion bolts at the top for some earlier top rope setter. From 1988 to 1995 or so I worked on access to the area battling poison oak that threatened to consume the boulder. I also cleared brush from the base and flipped rocks around in the wash to make it better. Heavy rains and selective diversion of the creek allowed me to channel water past the base. The rock was once 3 ft taller than it currently is for the sake of climbing. In the 2000s fires cleared the poison oak and it has not returned.

Some names: I call the left side the the face The Zodiac due to the triangle shape of darker material similar to the route of the same name on the East side of El Capitan. The overhang bit is The Prow also from El Cap in Yosemite.

I used to do laps on this after work traversing back and forth right to left. It was more fun when the ground was three feet lower. Nothing really harder than 5.8 or V0 or VB. Fun little rock but be careful, that big lumpy overhang area looks like it could pull right off some day. Be sure to not be underneath it if it does.

There is a bolt at the top of it now. I might have put it there but I don't remember. It could just as well have been someone else. At this time it is really too short for a top rope. If you were going to TR some small children that would be the only reason. It's easy climbing.

If we could ever get some good washing rains then base might wash out again and it would be a bit more interesting.

As I side note there is a glue-up top rope climb on a wooden retaining wall up the road from this. If you don't want to pay gym rates it's okay. Oct 6, 2018

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