Los Angeles Basin Rock Climbing
Todd at the mental crux of his problem The Great C...
The sprawling L.A. Basin, bound on the north by the Santa Monica Mountains
, the Santa Ana Mountains
to the east and south, and to the west by the Pacific Ocean, is home to more than 10 million residents. The city of Los Angeles itself (pop. 4 million) is the second largest in the United States (New York City is first).
For truly world-class climbing, make the 2.5 hour trek out to Joshua Tree National Park
or Tahquitz & Suicide Rocks
. Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
and New Jack City
for sport climbing are easily within shooting distance.
For shorter day trips, the San Fernando Valley (to the northwest of the L.A. Basin) and Santa Monica Mountains host an assortment of climbing on primarily soft sandstone and volcanic junk. Echo Cliffs
, Stoney Point
and Malibu Creek State Park
comprise the majority of local "destination" areas. The once popular Williamson Rock
is currently closed to climbing. Do NOT attempt to access Williamson Rock during the closure.
Refer to specific areas for directions.
Weather station 0.8 miles from here
1,185 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',62],['3 Stars',404],['2 Stars',489],['1 Star',189],['Bomb',15]
Classic Climbing Routes in Los Angeles Basin
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Los Angeles Basin:
Featured Route For Los Angeles Basin
Delicious 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b CA
: Los Angeles Basin
: ... : Mt. Gorgeous
One of the best in the park, this route has become very popular. It begins on the right end of the wall and begins on whitish/tan rock heading up & left up to a large bathtub sized hueco. From there you go up & out the right side, & power through a steep bulge where you'll find the crux(5.10+)getting to the 7th bolt. The upper 40 feet of this route are on amazing rock and it's only 5.9+. 10 bolts to sport anchors. Long runners/long draws recommended for bolt #'s 3, 5, 8 & 10. The pock...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
One rather angry Alligator Lizard (Malibu Creek St...
Michael Reardon on Sculpture's Traverse - you'll b...
Clouds above the LA Basin - Xmas 1989
Basalt boulders, Rancho Palos Verdes
Knott's Berry Farm, Orange County
Southern California Bouldering Guide (2nd Edition)
BETA PHOTO: The Echo Cliffs
The bell at Friendship Park, San Pedro
Scott Nomi tops out on Three Pigs.
Local climbers and rangers join forces for a clean...
Friendship Park, San Pedro
Seagull and sky, Corral State Beach
Disneyland, Orange County
The approach, living in So-Cal is rough
Ian Nichels climbing the south wall.
Amoeba Records, Hollywood
What's the situation with the pallets that keep sh...
A view of the harbor, San Pedro
Union Station, Los Angeles County
Point Vicente Lighthouse, Rancho Palos Verdes
By Art Morimitsu
From: Huntington Beach, Ca
May 8, 2009
Echo cliffs is under the sub area Santa Monica Mountains
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
May 6, 2014
A US District Court Judge, Terry Hatter, Jr., citing a 2012 federal appeals decision in Arizona has ruled against the US Forest Service Adventure Pass fees in Southern California. The federal judge has ruled that visitors to Southern California's four national forests DO NOT need to buy an Adventure Pass if they are only hiking and do not use forest facilities. What the rangers and/or ticket issuers can't do is just assume that anyone who is parked at a trailhead is using the facilities and issue a citation.