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Mt. Olympus Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 2,700'
Location: 34.11803, -118.9376 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Benjamin Chapman on Feb 27, 2010
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Mount Olympus is one of several crags in the Santa Monica Mountains that feature a volcanic tuff or Brecchia containing cobbles that protrude from the surface to provide amazing hand and foot holds. The routes of Mt.Olympus may be a bit intimidating as the bolts are more widely spaced than most sport routes and appear harder than their grades, but be assured that many of the cobbles have positive tops or hidden holds between the cobbles.

Getting There 

From the Sandstone Peak parking area, follow the steep fire road for 0.3 miles until you reach the Mishe Mokwa connector trail on your right. Continue on the main fire road to Sandstone Peak. From here continue on the fire road around a sharp right turn and a steep downhill section. Alternately, at this point there is a trail that leaves the fire road around the left end of the woooden railing. Continue straight ahead on the fire road until the obvious cobbled tower can be seen downhill and left of the fire road. This is Mt. Olympus.

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Weather station 2.7 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Mt. Olympus

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mt. Olympus:
Medusa   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: The turnoff to Mt. Olympus leaves the fire road at...
The turnoff to Mt. Olympus leaves the fire road at...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hikers on the fire road to Mt. Olympus. The hikers...
Hikers on the fire road to Mt. Olympus. The hikers...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Olympus from the north.
Mt. Olympus from the north.

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By yomamasokafka
From: Los Angeles, CA
Dec 30, 2013
Two important notes about Mt. Olympus after trekking there this weekend:

One is that the guide directions are slightly wrong. The sharp turn of the trail is not a left but a RIGHT, and in fact the directions are a bit confusing. Note that getting there is about a 1.8 to 2 mile hike in, almost completely on the main trail. Head past Sandstone peak and just keep going along the main trail. Seeing a picture of the tower makes finding it very easy as it is unique and not able to be missed on your left hand side once in view.

The second is a personal advisement to other climbers not familiar with this area. While the volcanic cobbled substrate and very hard sand stone makes this feature relatively unique in the Santa Monica mountains. It should be noted that this area has longer run out sections between bolts than many other areas around L.A.. Many of the bolts, while not spinning are rusted, and the rap stations are all rusty hooks without an open/shut. This is not meant as a deterrent, however I personally was not to thrilled by the prospect of taking a fall on any of these routes.

as an aside; the view can't be beaten as a scramble to the top of Mt. Olympus is a breathtaking vista.
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Dec 30, 2015
As yomamasokafka has indicated there is a sharp right turn in the fire road in the vicinity of Sandstone Peak, but it is possible to save some time by utilizing a faint trail that leaves the fire road, to the left, at the wooden railing in the photo.

Rock Climbing Photo: Go left here.
Go left here.

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