Popular spot for rock climbers, but you don't need to have rock climbing experience to get to the top. This park offers huge boulders, mini-caves, and short trails.. great for last minute hikes, which gives an awesome view of the sunset.
Once you've parked along Topanga Canyon Blvd, make your way down the street and start the trail off near the steel gate, close to the horse stables. As you make your way in, you will notice some rock climbers practicing on the lower elevation rocks.
Make your way around this rocky park, counter-clockwise, and soon enough you will notice multiple trails headed for the peak. Feel free to choose which path to take, it doesn't really matter for as long as you keep going up, you will reach top. In some cases you will need to pull yourself up, or pass through small crevices, and also scramble through rocks. Explore as much as you can! You will have plenty of time, because the trail to the top is quite short. Once you get to the top, wait for the sun to set. You also get to see the busy street from down below, so it's so nice to feel the serenity from up there.
Be sure to head down the opposite side from where you entered the park, because there you will get to see train tracks and a tunnel, which can be pretty cool for photos. Exit the park where you see Topanga Canyon Blvd, and simply make your way down the street, back to your car.
Stoney Point Climbing
The local area for the climbers of Los Angeles; Stoney Point can boast to be one of the very first bouldering areas anywhere. Its historic significance should not be underestimated many of Americas luminaries cut their teeth here: Royal Robbins, Yvon Chouinard, Bob Kamps, Ron Kauk, John Long and John Bachar, to name but a few.
This sandstone crag is surrounded by many fine boulders and there are some great top rope problems on the walls, and in the canyons. At its best, the rock is fine grained and quite compact, which makes it very kind on the hands and enables long bouldering sessions. There are also many flakes, which break easily, especially after prolonged rain, so take great care after such weather. Because of this, the bouldering at Stoney Point does take on a kind of ephemeral state; as holds break off youll find your recent send to be a thing of the past. This raises another issue as some climbers have resorted to chipping and otherwise modifying the rock needless to say this is utterly unacceptable. Theres a lot of variety here and one can put together quite an eclectic cocktail of boulder problems for an excellent training session.
This is traditionally a bouldering and top-roping area - do not add bolts to existing routes and turn them into sport climbs - that's not what Stoney Point is about - respect the local climbing ethics.
The climbing season lasts all year long although in the summer it can get very hot, and of course, as stated earlier, rain stops play.
Theres a lot of trash and graffiti at Stoney Point, and its a bloody crying shame. Theres usually a clean-up effort at least once a year and local climbers are encouraged to attend and contribute whenever possible. Stoney Point is a city park granted mainly through the efforts of climbers.
Do not destroy flora or fauna just to get to your boulder problem, life here is very fragile and one selfish/brutish act will spoil it for all of us. God forbid the place would be closed because of an egotistical idiot.
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