The Santa Monica Mountains close proximity to Los Angeles has made it a preeminent destination for rock climbers of all skill levels. Local crags, from Echo Cliffs to Malibu Creek State Park, increase in popularity every year. With this in mind, the National Park Service and outdoor enthusiasts must work together to ensure these spots remain enjoyable and unimpaired for future generations.
Here there is something for everyone to enjoy. Unique volcanic geology, various plant communities, wildlife viewing possibilities, and world class climbing opportunities all await those visiting from afar or those on day trips from the surrounding Ventura and Los Angeles areas.
Every effort is made to protect the park's natural resource, cultural assets, and wilderness values. To ensure success in this mission, some degree of preparation is demanded on your part. Knowing the necessary gear, planning your routes, and utilizing good climbing techniques will make your park experience an enjoyable one and a responsible one.
Use the links to the right to educate yourself about recommended sites, areas that are closed to climbing, etiquette and climber safety.
Did You Know?
A core group of dedicated National Park volunteers, often laboring in the hot sun, built a native plant nursery from the ground up in 2002. Native plants, from the common Ceanothus to the endangered Lyons pygmy daisy germinated in this volunteer-run nursery will help restore disturbed habitat.