Los Angeles Basin Rock Climbing
Michael Reardon on Sculpture's Traverse - you'll b...
The sprawling L.A. Basin, bound on the north by the Santa Monica Mountains
, the Santa Ana Mountains
to the east and south, and to the west by the Pacific Ocean, is home to more than 10 million residents. The city of Los Angeles itself (pop. 4 million) is the second largest in the United States (New York City is first).
For truly world-class climbing, make the 2.5 hour trek out to Joshua Tree National Park
or Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks
. Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
and New Jack City
for sport climbing are easily within shooting distance.
For shorter day trips, the San Fernando Valley (to the northwest of the L.A. Basin) and Santa Monica Mountains host an assortment of climbing on primarily soft sandstone and volcanic junk. Echo Cliffs
, Stoney Point
and Malibu Creek State Park
comprise the majority of local "destination" areas. The once popular Williamson Rock
is currently closed to climbing. Do NOT attempt to access Williamson Rock during the closure.
Refer to specific areas for directions.
Weather station 0.8 miles from here
1,338 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',63],['3 Stars',473],['2 Stars',533],['1 Star',207],['Bomb',16]
Classic Climbing Routes in Los Angeles Basin
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Los Angeles Basin:
Featured Route For Los Angeles Basin
Espresso 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c California
: Los Angeles Basin
: ... : Java Wall
"Espresso" is the long and impressive arete and face at the far left side of the Java Wall. There is a large loose looking block protruding from the face at the base. Begin climbing the short steep face, right of the block, to an easy slab section. From here, continue up the arete and make a short traverse left, to pull onto a shelf above the bulge. Follow the left line of bolts (Cappuccino goes straight up) on edges and small pockets on the gently overhanging wall. "Espresso" is one of the best...[more] Browse More Classics in California
One rather angry Alligator Lizard (Malibu Creek St...
Clouds above the LA Basin - Xmas 1989
Todd at the mental crux of his problem The Great C...
Basalt boulders, Rancho Palos Verdes
Knott's Berry Farm, Orange County
Seagull and sky, Corral State Beach
BETA PHOTO: The Echo Cliffs
Southern California Bouldering Guide (2nd Edition)
Ian Nichels climbing the south wall.
Scott Nomi tops out on Three Pigs.
The bell at Friendship Park, San Pedro
Point Vicente Lighthouse, Rancho Palos Verdes
Frank Endo Company, Los Angeles Basin
The fabulous Forum, Los Angeles County
What's the situation with the pallets that keep sh...
Friendship Park, San Pedro
The approach, living in So-Cal is rough
Amoeba Records, Hollywood
Local climbers and rangers join forces for a clean...
Disneyland, Orange County
Union Station, Los Angeles County
A view of the harbor, San Pedro
By Art Morimitsu
From: Huntington Beach, Ca
May 8, 2009
Echo cliffs is under the sub area Santa Monica Mountains
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
May 6, 2014
A US District Court Judge, Terry Hatter, Jr., citing a 2012 federal appeals decision in Arizona has ruled against the US Forest Service Adventure Pass fees in Southern California. The federal judge has ruled that visitors to Southern California's four national forests DO NOT need to buy an Adventure Pass if they are only hiking and do not use forest facilities. What the rangers and/or ticket issuers can't do is just assume that anyone who is parked at a trailhead is using the facilities and issue a citation.