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Century Lake Area Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 650'
Location: 34.0981, -118.734 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ryan Kelly on Aug 28, 2007  with updates from davidhousky
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Description 

A smaller (yet growing), secluded section of climbing near Century Lake featuring an unusually large proportion of moderates for Malibu Creek. Same quality rock as the rest of the park and just as well bolted. There is one main wall here (The Power Wall) hosting several decent sport routes, and a couple smaller sections of developed rock scattered around. There are also some boulders that can be climbed further down the wash, some of which have bolts put in to top rope because of questionable landings.

Getting There 

Hike into the park as usual and veer right up into the hills just past the visitor's center (if you stayed on the access road instead of the hiking trail just stay on the road). Continue on the road for maybe 10 minutes as you wind your way up into the hills, until you reach the top of the hill. Immediately on your left you should see a small pathway leading sharply downwards towards the dam. Follow this path down to the dam (which you should see almost immediately), keeping the lake on your right, around a fence blockade, and over the left side of the dam. You can choose to go the long way (down the ladder on the right) or the short way, over the fence to the left. Head forward a small ways then scramble down some rocks into the wash, on your right are two medium sized sections of detached rock next to the dam; the first is Drifter Wall, and the second, next to the dam, is Little Cheops. If you cross the wash and follow it downstream for 100 meters or so you will find a large wall on your left, The Power Wall. Directly across from it is a small section of rock known as The Water Wall.

Climbing Season



Weather station 7.2 miles from here

23 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',3],['5.10',11],['5.11',4],['5.12',3],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Century Lake Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Century Lake Area:
Scarab   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 35'   Little Cheops
Powder Puff Girls   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 40'   The Power Wall
Power Ranger   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 40'   The Power Wall
Bubba   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   White Trash Wall
Power Grid   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 60'   The Power Wall
Power Station   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   The Power Wall
Waterworld   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport   The Water Wall
Electric Eye   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 40'   The Power Wall
Waterboy   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Sport, 50'   The Water Wall
Fissure Man   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   The Water Wall
Rolling Blackout   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 50'   The Power Wall
Pick Pocket   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 40'   Lean To Boulder
Power Outage   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     TR, 50'   The Power Wall
Fallout   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 50'   Drifter Wall
The Drifter   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   Drifter Wall
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Featured Route For Century Lake Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Katy throwing through the crux on Rolling Blackout...

Rolling Blackout 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  California : Los Angeles Basin : ... : The Power Wall
Best route on the wall, IMHO. Start on some smaller pockets just right of the large huecos of Power Station. Crux at third bolt as you pull left around a protruding rock. Joins (the better half of) Power Station after that....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Century Lake Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading Rolling Blackout - 5.10d. At the powerwall...
Leading Rolling Blackout - 5.10d. At the powerwall...
Rock Climbing Photo: Below the dam
Below the dam
Rock Climbing Photo: Century Lake Dam spillway.
Century Lake Dam spillway.
Rock Climbing Photo: Century Lake
Century Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Some nice reflections on the lake today.  And the ...
Some nice reflections on the lake today. And the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Some nice reflections on the lake today. 10-2-10
Some nice reflections on the lake today. 10-2-10
Rock Climbing Photo: Some nice reflections on the lake today. 10-2-10
Some nice reflections on the lake today. 10-2-10
Rock Climbing Photo: Below the dam on a beautiful Thursday afternoon.
Below the dam on a beautiful Thursday afternoon.
Rock Climbing Photo: The spillway from above the Drifter
The spillway from above the Drifter
Rock Climbing Photo: the dam
the dam
Rock Climbing Photo: Century Lake
Century Lake
Rock Climbing Photo: Turn left here
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By Jessica Winter
Aug 20, 2015
Barbed wire currently blocks access at the dam. I guess you could crawl around- we did not as there were rangers on horseback there today.
By Spider Savage
Feb 1, 2017
I have it from reliable source in Government that there is a solid plan to take down the dam and restore the up stream environment. Part of the rational is to restore natural fish spawning territory.

It may take several years still but I have seen the plan. All of the silt and debris that currently fill the dam will need to be relocated so we will need to endure a period of heavy trucking in the area.

Long term impact should be great for climbing with better access and opening of possible new routes currently under ground. Please be patient when this work begins.
By Christian B
From: West Hills, California
4 days ago
@Spider Savage Dude that sucks! I can see how that would be "good" for climbing, but also its gonna be pretty rough imo.

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