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Mystery Science Theater 
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Conejo Mountain Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Matthew Fienup on Aug 17, 2006  with updates from V0Hero
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The short, pumpy routes on the edgey volcanic rock here range from steep to slab. There are a few classic routes that should be considered relatively clean but for the most part expect choss and bring an helmet. The location itself is beautiful in its own way. Beautiful sunsets are year round and the Oxnard flood plain is visible from the anchors of most climbs.

While the area is technically a sport climbing destination, the rock quality is not good and loose blocks abound. Exercise caution when choosing which routes to lead. Nearly all routes can be approached from the ridge above and are easily top roped.

Hot in summer, cool in winter. Spring and fall are downright nice. Waiting 48 hours after rainfall is generally the accepted practice here.

Getting There 

The approaches listed previously (parking from the end of Old Conejo, the RV home park) are all trespassing. Don't use them, there is a trailhead but it's about a 25 minute walk. From Hwy 101 in Newbury Park, exit Wendy Drive. Go west on Old Conejo Road, which parallels the freeway. Turn left on Reino then right on Lesser. Follow into the residential then turn left. Park before the fire hydrant and trailhead is tucked in between the houses to your left.

Climbing Season

For the Central Coast area.

Weather station 3.3 miles from here

76 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',21],['2 Stars',25],['1 Star',18],['Bomb',3]

Classic Climbing Routes in Conejo Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Conejo Mountain:
The Prism   V-easy 3     Boulder   Conejo Boulders
Fraggle Rock   V0 4     Boulder   Conejo Boulders
The Rayl   V0 4     Boulder   Conejo Boulders
KRMFP   V0 4     Boulder, 8'   Conejo Boulders
Hangout Boulder Traverse   V0-1 4+     Boulder, 15'   Conejo Boulders
Ride the Lightning   V1 5     Boulder, 8'   Conejo Boulders
Emperor's New Groove 2   V1-2 5     Boulder, 10'   Conejo Boulders
Mom I Arête My Bed    V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Conejo Boulders
Slab N' Dab    V2 5+     Boulder, 13'   Conejo Boulders
Pamela   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Mystery Science Theater
A Walk On The Wild Side   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Mystery Science Theater
Three's Company   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 25'   Mystery Science Theater
The Beginning of the End   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 60'   Mystery Science Theater
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Hangout Boulder Traverse V0-1 4+  California : Central Coast : ... : Conejo Boulders
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Photos of Conejo Mountain Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Conejo Mountain trailhead, on Lesser.  Hike up bet...
Conejo Mountain trailhead, on Lesser. Hike up bet...
Rock Climbing Photo: One of the sites along the trail to Mystery Scienc...
One of the sites along the trail to Mystery Scienc...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Main Area boulders
The Main Area boulders
Rock Climbing Photo: history from Allez vol 2, 1994
history from Allez vol 2, 1994
Rock Climbing Photo: history from Allez vol 2, 1994
history from Allez vol 2, 1994
Rock Climbing Photo: Getting close to the crag.
Getting close to the crag.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hike clock-wise around the neighborhood on an obvi...
Hike clock-wise around the neighborhood on an obvi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Marisa Fienup climbs "the Beginning of the En...
Marisa Fienup climbs "the Beginning of the En...

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By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Dec 15, 2006
The routes here are short, I mean, REALLY short. It's easy to tick a dozen routes in a few hours. In general, the rock quality is fairly poor, although The Beginning of the End is quite good. Worth visiting once or twice, but certainly not a destination area.
By Maidy
Sep 16, 2009
There are some serious access issues with Mystery Science Theater. It is currently impossible to access the cliffs without trespassing on private property. The residents have made it abundantly clear they are tired of trespassers. In light of the overall poor quality of the routes- I'd recommend avoiding it.
By Ally McBeal
May 30, 2013
That is really sad, but the rock isn't that good and as Mike indicated the routes are short.
By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
Jun 23, 2013
It is technically trespassing to walk through the trailer park to access the approach trail. Over the years, I have experienced a wide range of responses from locals. Once, I received a warning from a security guard and told not to return. On several occasions, I have been invited in to a resident's trailer for iced tea.

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