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Carnivore S 
El Nino S 
Geezer S 
Gravity S 
Guillotine, The S 
Pride S 
Right Stuff, The S 
Spam S 
Whippersnapper S 

The Alcove Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 2,161'
Location: 34.12499, -118.92562 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Benjamin Chapman on Dec 12, 2009

81° | 62°

72° | 58°

65° | 53°

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94° | 78°
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The Alcove offers slightly overhung routes that tend to have somewhat smaller holds than others of their grade at Echo Cliffs. The Alcove is also home to one of only three crack lines at the crag. The Alcove routes are in the shade in the afternoon, and the routes on the right wall are also in the shade in the morning.

Getting There 

Located uphill and around the corner from the Tower of Zen. The Alcove is 10 - 12 minutes from the Grotto.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.8 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Alcove

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Alcove:
The Guillotine   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
El Nino   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Gravity   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
Geezer   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Whippersnapper   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Carnivore   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Pride   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Featured Route For The Alcove
Rock Climbing Photo: Ben on the Guillotine

The Guillotine 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b  California : Los Angeles Basin : ... : The Alcove
Starts up the left facing corner, clipping the bolts on the left wall. Once you reach the flake follow it up and left to Geezer's anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Alcove from the Sandstone Peak Trail.
The Alcove from the Sandstone Peak Trail.

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By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Mar 21, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Here's the climber leading up to the anchors on Ca...
Here's the climber leading up to the anchors on Caffeine, just prior to abusing the anchor by placing his rope directly through the shuts. Recognize him?

Rock Climbing Photo: Another situation where a climber has disregarded ...
Another situation where a climber has disregarded the local ethic and placed his rope directly through the shuts.
By Yeitti
From: Colorado or sometimes LA
Mar 23, 2016
Yes Chapman, people SHOULD NOT Top rope the anchors. In fact, people shouldn't top rope! With that being said, the anchors and all hardware at Echo is 20 years old and could use replacement all around. So Benny Chapman, instead of sitting in the "cheap seats", why don't you do some work and replace some anchors?

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