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Santa Monica Mountains Rock Climbing 


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Juvenile Striped Racer, Santa Monica Mountains

Description 

Santa Monica Mountains rise above Los Angeles, widen to meet the curve of Santa Monica Bay and reach their highest peaks facing the ocean, forming a beautiful and multi-faceted landscape
Covering 250 square miles, rising out of the Pacific Ocean to a height over 3,000'. The mountain range was driven up from the sea over 10 million years ago. Weathering created rugged landscapes of canyons up to 2,000' deep with unique rock formations.
Located in a Mediterranean ecosystem, the Santa Monica Mountains contain a wide variety of plants and wildlife.

Climate 

Santa Monica Mountains have a dry, warm to humid summers and wet, mild to cool winters

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Weather station 5.2 miles from here

559 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',37],['3 Stars',219],['2 Stars',215],['1 Star',59],['Bomb',5]
['<=5.6',12],['5.7',15],['5.8',37],['5.9',31],['5.10',127],['5.11',110],['5.12',81],['5.13',38],['>=5.14',3],['',0],['<=V1',58],['V2-3',13],['V4-5',10],['V6-7',6],['V8-9',4],['V10-11',1],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Santa Monica Mountains

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Santa Monica Mountains:
Chopping Block   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport   Malibu Creek State Park : Stumbling Blocks
Intellitoys   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Echo Cliffs : Test Site
Kathmandu   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Malibu Creek State Park : Ghetto Wall
Gorgeous   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Malibu Creek State Park : Mt. Gorgeous
The Guillotine   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Echo Cliffs : The Alcove
Casey at the Bat   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Echo Cliffs : Easy Street
Power Station   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 50'   Century Lake Area : The Power Wall
Family Jewel   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Malibu Creek State Park : Mt. Gorgeous
Rolling Blackout   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 50'   Century Lake Area : The Power Wall
Mr. Big   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 35'   Malibu Creek State Park : Stumbling Blocks
Delicious   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Malibu Creek State Park : Mt. Gorgeous
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
Johnny Can't Lead   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Malibu Creek State Park : Ghetto Wall
Planet of the Apes   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     TR, 70'   Malibu Creek State Park : Planet of the Apes Wall
Caffeine   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Echo Cliffs : Java Wall
Luscious   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 60'   Malibu Creek State Park : Mt. Gorgeous
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 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Malibu Creek State Park : Ghetto Wall
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Featured Route For Santa Monica Mountains
Rock Climbing Photo: Mike newheart on the F.A. of oil and vinegar. 5.8

Oil and Vinegar 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  California : Los Angeles Basin : ... : WEDGE
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Photos of Santa Monica Mountains Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: California Quail (Callipepla californica)
California Quail (Callipepla californica)
Rock Climbing Photo: Litter recently gathered from the base of Echo Cli...
Litter recently gathered from the base of Echo Cli...
Rock Climbing Photo: Many years, springtime brings an extraordinary wil...
Many years, springtime brings an extraordinary wil...
Rock Climbing Photo: Saddle Peak with the Corpse Wall and the Outsider ...
Saddle Peak with the Corpse Wall and the Outsider ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset over the Santa Monica Mountains.
Sunset over the Santa Monica Mountains.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mt. Allen/Sandstone Peak...3,111 ft.
Mt. Allen/Sandstone Peak...3,111 ft.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Poison Oak is really blooming along the Mishe ...
The Poison Oak is really blooming along the Mishe ...
Rock Climbing Photo: A sellout crowd at the Mishe Mokwa Trailhead.
A sellout crowd at the Mishe Mokwa Trailhead.
Rock Climbing Photo: Local climbers and rangers join forces to clean up...
Local climbers and rangers join forces to clean up...
Rock Climbing Photo: Water cascading down the normally dry descent gull...
Water cascading down the normally dry descent gull...
Rock Climbing Photo: The falls in the Grotto, at Echo Cliffs, in wet co...
The falls in the Grotto, at Echo Cliffs, in wet co...
Rock Climbing Photo: Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum), Santa Monic...
Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum), Santa Monic...
Rock Climbing Photo: Planet of the Apes Wall, Malibu Creek State Park, ...
Planet of the Apes Wall, Malibu Creek State Park, ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Echo Cliffs, Santa Monica Mountains
Echo Cliffs, Santa Monica Mountains

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By Mike Womack
From: Los Angeles, CA
Apr 28, 2017
I feel like there have been a lot of changes since '03. Any rumors of a new guide in the works?

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