Parsons Beach Rock Climbing
View of Parsons Beach with boulder center at water...
Totally sunny (what do you expect - you are on a beach). No cover except for the overhang of the climbing boulder. Was empty when I got there, then about 30 kids from a youth camp hit the beach and stayed for a couple hours.
Only one climbing spot, the boulder dead center on the beach. If you are in the area and need a climbing fix, this may be the only place to get it. The boulder is about 20 feet tall, and has about three climbing aspects. The easiest (V0) is on the ocean-side, and has partially-buried rocks in the sand that make things a little less safe. On the west and east sides is more challenging climbing but a soft sandy landing that doesnt even require a crashpad.
rock was solid, and offered plenty of holds. I was there at lowtide. At hightide I'm sure the water will cover the base of the boulder.
About 3/4 mile northwest of the Emerald Bay Scout Camp on the northeast end of Santa Catalina Island. From center of Emerald Bay Camp take the trail southeast through camp. Then follow signs to Parsons Beach. Easy approach with 100 ft altitude gain total.
Climbing Season For the Beaches area.
Weather station 8.9 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Parsons Beach
X Marks The Spot 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c V-easy 3 California
: Los Angeles Basin
: ... : Parsons Beach
X Marks the Spot is on Mere Bere's South West face. This 20 foot climb is easily done without protection due to the soft sand below. During high tide your feet might get wet while starting the route. The rock quality is very good considering the erosive effects of the ocean/wind. The route starts below a visible "X" formed by two cracks. Continue directly up this face.You can descend Mere Bere by jumping off the nose that faces the beach. Check for rocks under the sand....[more] Browse More Classics in California