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Elevation: 2,500'
Location: 34.48871, -118.32131 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: jt512, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Benjamin Chapman on Mar 2, 2014
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Vasquez Rocks is a unique natural area in northern Los Angeles County. There are numerous spectacular rock formations from tilted slabs to steep overhangs and caves. The rock consists of coarse grained sandstone conglomerate.
The area derived it's name from the notorious bandit, horse rustler, and murderer, Tiburcio Vasquez, who used the rocks and caves as a hideaway from the law in the late 1800's.

Getting There 

About 40 minutes north of Los Angeles, between the San Fernando Valley and Palmdale/Lancaster off CA-14 (Antelope Valley Frwy). Approximately 10 miles north of Santa Clarita, exit Aqua Dulce Canyon Rd. and turn left and continue over CA-14 until it turns into Escondido Canyon Road. Follow the signs to Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, on the left (south side of the road).
Vasquez Rocks is a Los Angeles County park and is open 8 am - 5 pm daily.

Climbing Season

For the Angeles National Forest area.

Weather station 3.0 miles from here

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Raven's Roost 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c California : Los Angeles Basin : ... : Vasquez Rocks
Vasquez Rocks is a very interesting and beautiful park, but it has many dangers and pitfalls. If you go in August (like I did), it's super hot and you need to bring a LOT of water. The entrance station has water available during business hours though, and the rangers are very helpful (thanks Tina!). Beware of two things in this area: Sandstone and thunderstorms. Some hand or footholds WILL crumble when you go to use them, so always test each hold first before putting your weight on it. Also,...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Sean Haynes
Jan 20, 2017
Whats up Benjamin Chapman? I know you have your hands in TC but i dont see any established routes on this page, so whats the point?

Do you know any established routes you can add to the area or maybe add any new development made since adding this to mp 3 years ago?
By Timothy Carlson
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 26, 2017
I'm curious about this area as well. Been hiking here since I was a kid. I visited there last month and found what looked to be a bolted anchor up on the top of pride rock (the big pointy rock formation featured in all the car commercials). I've read that Vasquez Rocks is top rope only.

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