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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
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69° | 51°
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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 see a path on your left with a "No Bikes on Trail" sign. Follow this path into the woods, keeping the lake on your right, around a fence blockade, and over the left side of the dam. 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 down stream 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',11],['2 Stars',9],['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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The Drifter 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : Drifter Wall
Starts just right of an arete on vertical terrain up to an alcove under a roof. A few big moves to get through that, a huge jug to rest on, and then sustained thin pockets on a slab to the top. Consistent and a decent length (for the area) but probably not the .12a that's listed in the guide. Regardless, one of the better climbs in the area, and in the park in my opinion....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Century Lake Area Slideshow Add Photo
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
BETA PHOTO: Turn left here
Rock Climbing Photo: Overhead view of the Century Lake Area.  Hike in f...
BETA PHOTO: Overhead view of the Century Lake Area. Hike in f...

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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.