Marisa Fienup climbs "the Beginning of the En...
The short, pumpy routes on the edgey volcanic rock here range from steep to slab. There are a few classic routes that should be considered relatively clean but for the most part expect choss and bring an helmet. The location itself is beautiful in its own way. Beautiful sunsets are year round and the Oxnard flood plain is visible from the anchors of most climbs.
While the area is technically a sport climbing destination, the rock quality is not good and loose blocks abound. Exercise caution when choosing which routes to lead. Nearly all routes can be approached from the ridge above and are easily top roped.
Hot in summer, cool in winter. Spring and fall are downright nice. Waiting 48 hours after rainfall is generally the accepted practice here.
The approaches listed previously (parking from the end of Old Conejo, the RV home park) are all trespassing. Don't use them, there is a trailhead but it's about a 25 minute walk. From Hwy 101 in Newbury Park, exit Wendy Drive. Go west on Old Conejo Road, which parallels the freeway. Turn left on Reino then right on Lesser. Follow into the residential then turn left. Park before the fire hydrant and trailhead is tucked in between the houses to your left.
Weather station 3.3 miles from here
18 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',1]
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From: Sacramento, CA
Dec 15, 2006
The routes here are short, I mean, REALLY short. It's easy to tick a dozen routes in a few hours. In general, the rock quality is fairly poor, although The Beginning of the End is quite good. Worth visiting once or twice, but certainly not a destination area.
Sep 16, 2009
There are some serious access issues with Mystery Science Theater. It is currently impossible to access the cliffs without trespassing on private property. The residents have made it abundantly clear they are tired of trespassers. In light of the overall poor quality of the routes- I'd recommend avoiding it.
By Ally McBeal
May 30, 2013
That is really sad, but the rock isn't that good and as Mike indicated the routes are short.
By Matthew Fienup
From: Ventura, CA
Jun 23, 2013
It is technically trespassing to walk through the trailer park to access the approach trail. Over the years, I have experienced a wide range of responses from locals. Once, I received a warning from a security guard and told not to return. On several occasions, I have been invited in to a resident's trailer for iced tea.