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Santa Maria Caves

Santa Maria Caves  

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Submitted By: Wil Sterner on Nov 26, 2012
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Two established traverses on pretty good quality sandstone, both about fifty feet in length. One is in the sun most of the day and the other is in a cave and may get some sun in the morning. Both have top outs. The traverse inside of the cave seems to have chiseled holds :(

  • not really a destination but more of a cool place to stop and check out if you are driving through Topanga Canyon. Have Fun! Pick up your trash, Topanga is a beautiful place.

Getting There 

Go up Santa Maria Rd from Topanga Cyn Blvd. Access the trailhead via the first dirt turnout on the right. Walk to the second intersection on the trail, turn right. The first traverse is on the steep side of the most prominent sandstone slab, the second is just below that in a cave. Approach time: about five minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.2 miles from here

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By Wil Sterner
From: Topanga, California
Feb 2, 2014
After posting this area to MP a fellow climber and friend alerted me to an access issue concerning this area. This area SHOULD NOT be climbed as it is historically significant to native peoples of the past. Whoever developed this area destroyed an ancient rock art site. The man made "climbing" here was chiseled into one of the oldest painting known in the Santa Monica Mountains. I have flagged the page for removal yet nothing has been done so I thought I'd write this. Please don't climb here!!!
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