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Description 

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.

Getting There 

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1,338 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',63],['3 Stars',473],['2 Stars',533],['1 Star',207],['Bomb',16]
['<=5.6',71],['5.7',57],['5.8',95],['5.9',87],['5.10',239],['5.11',175],['5.12',103],['5.13',41],['>=5.14',3],['',0],['<=V1',252],['V2-3',51],['V4-5',71],['V6-7',28],['V8-9',12],['V10-11',2],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Los Angeles Basin

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Los Angeles Basin:
Three Pigs   V0 4     Boulder, Chipped, 1 pitch, 15'   Stoney Point : Boulder 1
Thin Crack   V0 4     Boulder, 20'   Main Area : U - Boulder
Spiral Traverse   V1 5     Boulder, 50'   Stoney Point : Spiral Boulder
Hoof and Mouth   V1 5     Boulder, 15'   Stoney Point : Turlock
The Crack   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Stoney Point : B1 Boulder
Kodas' Corner   V3 6A     Boulder, 20'   Stoney Point : Canyon Boulders
Master of Reality   V5 6C     Boulder, 30'   Stoney Point : B1 Boulder
The Guillotine   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Echo Cliffs : The Alcove
Sculpture's Crack   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     TR, 40'   Stoney Point : Sculpture's Crack Wall
Rolling Blackout   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 50'   Century Lake Area : The Power Wall
Delicious   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Malibu Creek State Park : Mt. Gorgeous
Mr. Big   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 35'   Malibu Creek State Park : Stumbling Blocks
Planet of the Apes   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     TR, 70'   Malibu Creek State Park : Planet of the Apes Wall
Johnny Can't Lead   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Malibu Creek State Park : Ghetto Wall
Marauding Monkeys   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Malibu Creek State Park : Mt. Gorgeous
Espresso   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Echo Cliffs : Java Wall
Caffeine   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Echo Cliffs : Java Wall
Letterbox   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport   Malibu Creek State Park : Stumbling Blocks
The Drifter   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 60'   Century Lake Area : Drifter Wall
Urban Struggle   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Malibu Creek State Park : Ghetto Wall
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Featured Route For Los Angeles Basin
Rock Climbing Photo: Leading Espresso

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

Photos of Los Angeles Basin Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: One rather angry Alligator Lizard (Malibu Creek St...
One rather angry Alligator Lizard (Malibu Creek St...
Rock Climbing Photo: Clouds above the LA Basin - Xmas 1989
Clouds above the LA Basin - Xmas 1989
Rock Climbing Photo: Todd at the mental crux of his problem The Great C...
Todd at the mental crux of his problem The Great C...
Rock Climbing Photo: Basalt boulders, Rancho Palos Verdes
Basalt boulders, Rancho Palos Verdes
Rock Climbing Photo: Knott's Berry Farm, Orange County
Knott's Berry Farm, Orange County
Rock Climbing Photo: Seagull and sky, Corral State Beach
Seagull and sky, Corral State Beach
Rock Climbing Photo: How strong is that?
How strong is that?
Rock Climbing Photo: The Echo Cliffs
BETA PHOTO: The Echo Cliffs
Rock Climbing Photo: Southern California Bouldering Guide (2nd Edition)
Southern California Bouldering Guide (2nd Edition)
Rock Climbing Photo: Ian Nichels climbing the south wall.
Ian Nichels climbing the south wall.
Rock Climbing Photo: Scott Nomi tops out on Three Pigs.
Scott Nomi tops out on Three Pigs.
Rock Climbing Photo: The bell at Friendship Park, San Pedro
The bell at Friendship Park, San Pedro
Rock Climbing Photo: Point Vicente Lighthouse, Rancho Palos Verdes
Point Vicente Lighthouse, Rancho Palos Verdes
Rock Climbing Photo: Frank Endo Company, Los Angeles Basin
Frank Endo Company, Los Angeles Basin
Rock Climbing Photo: The fabulous Forum, Los Angeles County
The fabulous Forum, Los Angeles County
Rock Climbing Photo: What's the situation with the pallets that keep sh...
What's the situation with the pallets that keep sh...
Rock Climbing Photo: Friendship Park, San Pedro
Friendship Park, San Pedro
Rock Climbing Photo: The approach, living in So-Cal is rough
The approach, living in So-Cal is rough
Rock Climbing Photo: Amoeba Records, Hollywood
Amoeba Records, Hollywood
Rock Climbing Photo: Local climbers and rangers join forces for a clean...
Local climbers and rangers join forces for a clean...
Rock Climbing Photo: Disneyland, Orange County
Disneyland, Orange County
Rock Climbing Photo: Union Station, Los Angeles County
Union Station, Los Angeles County
Rock Climbing Photo: A view of the harbor, San Pedro
A view of the harbor, San Pedro

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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.

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