Elevation: 4,111 ft
GPS: 34.593, -119.333 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Alex Bury on May 13, 2018
Admins: andy patterson, M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

Photo: Melissa Vilardo

Ladybug is a beautiful and picturesque canyon, lush with dense foliage and year round springs. Much of the year the creek flows through the entire canyon, cascading down small falls as it meanders towards the Sespe Creek below. From the highway, a row of massive Bigcone Douglas Fir are visible, standing guard at the canyon’s entrance. Beyond that, much is hidden, with only a few features poking out and hinting of what’s beyond.

Just inside the trees, sits Ladybug Camp. A picture perfect campsite beneath the giant trees that guard the canyon. Hiking further, rock begins to emerge from the forest. Arrival at the main area is marked by a leaning prow of stacked rock and dark sandstone, as well as a huge split boulder. Past the broken block is the Ursus area, home to the greatest density of routes in the canyon.

**Routes currently posted represent only a portion of the established climbs. My aim is to post enough now for folks to get a solid day in at each area. Check back for more updates soon.**

Getting There

Park near the Chorro Grande trailhead, and hike across the Sespe towards the canyon. Find the approach trail, on a shoulder at the canyons entrance, and then follow the creek toward the climbing.

Once in the canyon, a trail on the left (east) side of the creek makes things easier.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Ladybug Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
 5
Ursus
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
Pioneer Crack
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
Gold Hat
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
Little Dipper
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Ursus Ursus
 5
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13 Trad, TR
Pioneer Crack Ursus
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Gold Hat Ursus
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Little Dipper Ursus
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
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