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Santa Ana Mountains  

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The Santa Ana Mountains are the eastern boundary of the Los Angeles basin. They are peaked by the "Saddleback" formation of Santiago and Modjeska Peaks, both over 4,000 feet in elevation. The crest of the range forms part of the border between Orange and Riverside Counties. Most of the public land here is part of the Cleveland National Forest.

It has range has some good bouldering areas, including the two best known, El Cariso and Ortega Falls. A few crags here also have small single pitch roped routes, but overall rock here is short.

Getting There 

Drive to Orange County

Climbing Season

Weather station 11.0 miles from here

111 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',29],['2 Stars',52],['1 Star',20],['Bomb',3]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Santa Ana Mountains:
Elysia    V1 5     Boulder   El Cariso
Pizza Face   V1+ 5     Boulder   El Cariso
Grumpy Man (aka old man)   V2-3 5+     Boulder   El Cariso
The Brain   V3 6A     Boulder   El Cariso
Pipe Around   V3-4 6A+     Boulder   El Cariso
El Chorizo   V4 6B     Boulder, 8'   El Cariso
unknown slab   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   El Cariso
Dihedral   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Ortega Falls
Fingers   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 60'   Ortega Falls
slabby face   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, TR   El Cariso
Slim Jim   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 25'   El Cariso
Unknown   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   San Juan Canyon
Splitter   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 30'   Ortega Falls
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Heelnasium V4-5 6B+  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : El Cariso
Start with matched hands on either side of where the roof pinches the other large boulder. walk feet up and move up and out across the roof, use a heel hook and mantle up. then its friction to the top. I should add this is a classic for the area, as most of the ratings go for el cariso... they are all rated relative to the area ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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