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Elevation: 350'
Location: 34.06605, -118.55972 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jeff constine on May 22, 2009  with updates from Benjamin Chapman
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At the start of The Pyramid


Tick Rock is an "urban crag" situated smack in the middle of the upscale Pacific Palisades community, between Santa Monica and Malibu. The rock is heavily fractured and featured fine grained sandstone. The rock and the routes are more reminiscent of the granite of Riverside Quarry or Big Rock then the usual sandstone of Southern California.

The routes at Tick Rock are in the shade in the early morning and the afternoon, making it perfect for half day outings. There are seventeen documented routes and variations.

A steep trail leads up and over a small hill to the base, making for a short ten minute approach. Jack Marshall, Doniel Drazin, Steve Edwards, Louie Anderson, and Jeff Constine contributed to route development.

Shady after 2:30 p.m. Cool all summer! High-strength sandstone.

Getting There 

PCH to Sunset. Turn left on Palisades Dr. Park in a small turnout on the left about 1.5 miles up Palisades Dr. The top of the cliff and the start of the climber's trail are visible from the pullout. 30-second approach.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.4 miles from here

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tick Rock:
The Pyramid   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport   Main Wall
Circus Midget   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport   Main Wall
Holy Crap   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Wall
Axis of Evil   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 40'   Upper Buttress
Unusual Suspects   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 40'   Upper Buttress
Perro De La Guerra   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Main Wall
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Asaf Lackgren on Blood Of Brahm - Tick Rock

The Blood of Brahm 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13  CA : Los Angeles Basin : ... : Main Wall
The crux on this route is getting to the second bolt. Big jug for clipping. Careful of the loose rocks about half way up. You don't need them!...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Alex Honnold At Tick Rock.
Alex Honnold At Tick Rock.
Circus Midget and Butt Crack are the same route sa...
BETA PHOTO: Circus Midget and Butt Crack are the same route sa...
From the street walking in
BETA PHOTO: From the street walking in
Flynn at the anchors for The Pyramind (upper most ...
Flynn at the anchors for The Pyramind (upper most ...
Tick Rock topo, from S. Cal Sport Climbing, 3rd ed...
Tick Rock topo, from S. Cal Sport Climbing, 3rd ed...
Lynn Hill At Tick Rock
Lynn Hill At Tick Rock
Location map for Tick Rock, Sport Climbing In The ...
Location map for Tick Rock, Sport Climbing In The ...
Scott Cosgrove At Tick Rock
Scott Cosgrove At Tick Rock

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By ryan mattock
Jun 24, 2009
been to tick rock just once. like the scene! great afternoon.
By Jim H
From: Pasadena, CA
Feb 24, 2012
Vid of Tick Rock climbing
By Paul Hutton
From: Catania, Italy
Nov 4, 2012
Seemed like an ok place. Enjoyed climbing in the shade during the pm hours! Good, sturdy rock. Very challenging in the middle on the main wall.
By Devlin Gandy
Mar 19, 2013
this should be in the Santa Monica Mountains section because thats where it is
By Jeff constine
Aug 5, 2013
Its 12b easy, no 12c..!! nice wipper..lol
By Kelly Kaye
Feb 5, 2014
Anyone know if dogs are allowed in this climbing area?
By alex carey
Sep 4, 2014
I have brought dogs here no problems and have seen others bring dogs as well.
By stephen abronson
From: Santa Monica, CA
Mar 27, 2015
Any ideas on being able to use part of area for a top rope to get my 7 year old daughter some practice since it is so much closer to us than Stoney Point and Malibu Creek. Haven't actually been to the site yet, but live in Santa Monica.

By Jeff constine
Mar 28, 2015
Just PM me I will meet you at tick. You can't go on top of tick to set up a TR, way loose and unsafe. You must lead a route to set up TR's
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