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The Lookout  


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Elevation: 2,100'
Location: 34.10639, -118.89515 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: jt512, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Benjamin Chapman on Feb 26, 2010
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Description 

The Lookout is a nice little crag featuring good rock, a short approach and views of the Pacific Ocean.
A fun and convenient alternative to Echo Cliffs or Malibu Creek State Park. The crag hosts 17 routes from 5.10a to 5.13c and has something for everyone.

Getting There 

Approximately two miles up Little Sycamore Canyon/Yerba Buena Rd. from Mulholland Dr. there is a small development of homes at a sharp left turn in the road. Park in the pullout on the south side of the road, and cross the street. To the right of the houses, you'll see a fire road/driveway, to the right of which is a break in the bushes. Go through the break in the bushes, and follow the trail up to a boulder. Then turn right onto a faint, somewhat overgrown trail. Follow this for a few minutes across a few rocks until you drop down to the right of the crag.

The crag is visible above the road, on the right, just after Little Sycamore Canyon Road becomes Yerba Buena Road.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.7 miles from here

17 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',7],['5.11',7],['5.12',1],['5.13',2],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Lookout:
Double Agent   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   
Incognito   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Hangin below the crux. Beautiful spot

Conspiracy 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : The Lookout
Begin by preclipping the 1st bolt and then climb the arete. A hard deadpoint low on the route leads to sustained climbing to the anchors....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The southernmost formation at The Lookout as seen from the west on Yerba Buena Rd.
The southernmost formation at The Lookout as seen ...
The lower, southern most, formations at The Lookout.
The lower, southern most, formations at The Lookou...
Spy Games Rock as seen from Yerba Buena Rd, to the south.
Spy Games Rock as seen from Yerba Buena Rd, to the...
The Lookout from the SE on Yerba Buena Rd.
The Lookout from the SE on Yerba Buena Rd.
The Lookout from the west. The lower formation on the right is being closed to climbing by the NPS, as it's too close to the road. <br />
The Lookout from the west. The lower formation on ...
The lower, southern most, formations at The Lookout, from the east.
The lower, southern most, formations at The Lookou...
Redtagged 1st bolt on the south face of the recently closed southern most formation at The Lookout.
Redtagged 1st bolt on the south face of the recent...
Looks like the bolts and hangers got pulled on the route that caused the closure of the southernmost formation at The Lookout, but the sleeves and holes remain.
Looks like the bolts and hangers got pulled on the...

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By Dynomike
Aug 13, 2010
Great little crag. Fun routes, with something for every one. Short but epic hike. Trail is over grown. There are some classic climbs here. From slabby to slightly overhanging, and bulges. Its all here from easy to hard. And very little hiking
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Jan 3, 2012
Currently, the parking area on the south side of the sharp left turn at the small housing development is posted with several NO PARKING signs. Better to park in the large turn out on the left ~40 yds west of the turn. Alternately, there is a small turn out 0.25 mi. before the turn where Little Sycamore Canyon Road becomes Yerba Buena Rd.
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Feb 26, 2012
Some new route development on the southernmost formation at The Lookout that is WAY TOO close to Yerba Buena Road. Previous developers in the area deemed it irresponsible to develop climbs on this formation due to it's proximity to the road. The NPS (yes, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area is administered by the NPS) has closed this formation to climbing, due to liability and safety concerns related to it's proximity to the road. Ranger James Herbaugh indicates that a rock dropped from the anchors falls on Yerba Buena Road. None of the other formations at The Lookout are affected, but continued development could result in further closures. Presently, signage is affixed to only the southern-most formation (closest to Yerba Buena Roda) and only that formation is closed to climbing.
By Wil Sterner
From: Topanga, California
Nov 14, 2012
I am curious about the boulders that appear to surround the formation. Anybody know how climbable those may be?
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Nov 20, 2012
Wil....try contacting Devlin Gandy. Try him on Facebook. He will likely have some beta regarding any bouldering in the Santa Monica Mountains.
By Wil Sterner
From: Topanga, California
Nov 26, 2012
Thanks Benjamin, Good advice. I will ask him, he would know.