• Stars appear behind a dramatic landscape of rocky mountains, rolling hills, and fields of grass

    Santa Monica Mountains

    National Recreation Area California

Recommended Climbing Sites

The list below is small portion of the many climbing sites located within the Santa Monica Mountains. It is organized with the park site in bold, the climbing location underlined, and the route name and difficulty rating based on the Yosemite Decimal System below that.

A view of the Echo Cliffs from the Mishe Mokwa Trail at Circle X Ranch.

A view of the Echo Cliffs from the Mishe Mokwa Trail at Circle X Ranch.

Echo Cliffs
Mystic River 6
Intellitoys 9
The Guillotine 10b
Death by Chocolate 10d
Caffeine 11a
Java 11d
Immaculate 12a
Crash and Burn 12d
State of Grace 13c

The Lookout
Double Agent 10a
Incognito 11c
Conspiracy 12a
Cams are a very useful non-permanent anchoring tool.
Malibu Creek State Park

Planet of the Apes Wall
Planet of the Apes 11a
Monkey Sang, Monkey Do 11c

Stumbling Blocks
Chopping Block 8
Guerilla Drilla 10a
Nipple Denial Syndrome 11a

Mount Gorageous
Gorgeous 10a
Luscious 11

Ghetto Wall
Kathmandu 10a
Skeezer Pleaser 11b
Johnny Can't Lead 10d
Urban Struggle 12a/b
Ghetto Blaster 13b
Point Dume

The Arete 6
Center 8
South Face Left 10a
Tick Rock Circus Midget 10c
Perro De La Guerra 12c

Did You Know?

The need for plants used in restoration projects loomed large for many years, but volunteers made it happen.

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.