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Hanging Garden area Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 1,963'
Location: 33.01125, -116.96287 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Marc Kajut, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: atp on Jun 9, 2016
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Being on the North Eastern part of the mountain, the Hanging Garden area tends to be shady and filled with trees and plant life. The granite quality is good but of course there are a few grainy lines which should be noted in the problem description. This area will feel a little different then the usual woodson proper spots, but is a nice compliment and addition to the hill. With a ranging variety of grades and style there is a little something for everyone, ENJOY!

Getting There 

Directions Part 1: Take the 67 East to Archie Moore Road, make a U-turn on Archie Moore Road and head back west on the 67. As you get back on the 67 you will notice a silver guard rail on your Right when the guard rail ends there will be a pull-out to park in.

Part 2: Once parked walk back toward the silver guard rail and you'll notice a dirt path on the left of the rail, walk 10 or 20 feet down the path and look to your left where you should notice a tall wooden railing and a walking path. Go under/over the wooden railing and head Left on the walking path.

Part 3: As you are walking on the pathway you will pass a golf course and eventually you should be behind some homes. The trail will be heading uphill. As you see the homes coming to an end, keep your eye out on the Left for a Cairn next to a single person trail branching to the left, take the left Trail exit.

Part 4: You will take the single person trail for a short distance and then it will run into a larger dirt road, you will go right on that to Road. Another short distance on that dirt road, look for a trail to your right (heads up a hill) marked with a Cairn. Take that trail.

That trail will involve a little scrabbling up/over some rock patches.

You will eventually come to a split in the trail, going left will take you to a large boulder (seen from the split in the trail) called the Backyard Boulder with a Crack 5.7 and a Flake 5.9 on it. Going right will take you to the Hanging Gardens area.

Reference pictures of hand drawn topo and info

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.9 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Hanging Garden area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hanging Garden area:
The Stig   V0- 4-     Boulder   
Out Cold   V1 5     Boulder   
Cheap Thrills   V1 5     Boulder   
Shortest Straw    V2 5+     Boulder   
Moon as My Witness    V2-3 5+     Boulder   
Pangolin   V3-4 6A+     Boulder   
NightCrawler    V5 6C     Boulder   
King Nothing   V7 7A+     Boulder   
H.G. Crack   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad   
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Featured Route For Hanging Garden area
Rock Climbing Photo: Golden Rule, start at yellow circles

Golden Rule V4-5 6B+  California : San Diego County : ... : Hanging Garden area
Stand start, less than vertical face, left hand on the undercling/rail right hand on large knob. Make balance moves up and left, then once able to stand on large knob (right hand start hold) make a committing move out right to another large knob! Finish traversing right to the arête, then climb the arête to the top. Wildly Fun!...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Numbers tie in with area overview topo
BETA PHOTO: Numbers tie in with area overview topo
Rock Climbing Photo: Topo to Hanging Garden
BETA PHOTO: Topo to Hanging Garden

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By Adam Stackhouse
Jun 10, 2016
Nice addition Andrew. Great directions.
By GoBoy
Jun 10, 2016
Andrew, is there much poison oak in this area?
By atp
From: Clairemont Mesa, CA
Jun 10, 2016
Thanks Adam!

GoBoy-So far the poison oak hasn't been an issue, staying on trail and near the climbs will help as well. I'm sure there is a patch of it here and there, but again as far as the hiking/climbing goes you should be fine. But if you notice any large amounts in what seems like unavoidable spots let me know and I can remove it :-)
By JMaj
Aug 22, 2016
This spot is freaking awesome! I spent a couple hours here this weekend and had a blast. Can't wait for the weather to cool off a little bit and put more time into some of the harder stuff.

One question though, how do you get off the Moon as my Witness boulder? The first time I climbed it I ended up getting stuck on top of it for like 20 minutes freaking out before I decided to jump for it into a bush haha. I assume some might down climb but I do not have the same head game for going down as I do for going up. I guess I'm just wondering if there is something I missed. After my initial experience I left a pad in the back of it on the flat boulder and kept jumping onto that.
By atp
From: Clairemont Mesa, CA
Aug 26, 2016
Jan, glad your having fun! As far as the landing goes there is a flat Boulder to the left of Pangolin which I put a pad onto. So you can scoot down from the top then jump on. (Sounds like that's what you did) or yes otherwise you can down climb the lengthy slab section.
By Zach Fitting
Sep 5, 2016
Climbed here this morning and loved it! Thanks for putting the time into developing this area and contributing it to MP! The Cairns are all gone for some reason on the approach but It wasn't too hard to find. Also, it looks like some holds broke off on Cheap Thrills.
By JMaj
Sep 9, 2016
One of the starting foot holds on Out Cold snapped off. I don't think it changes the difficulty though.

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