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About Horse Flats:

If you're looking to escape the LA summer heat and get on some of the best granite boulders in Southern California; with the exception of crowds, smog and trash Horse Flats has it all (including some good TR climbs). Situated a little over an hour north of Los Angeles in the Angeles National Forest at an elevation of over 5,000' large granite boulders cover the hillside of this beautiful mountain setting.

The area specialty is arete climbing but there are plenty of crack and face problems as well. Most landings are flat and often soft taking a little fear out of the many highball problems. If you are used to chalk covered holds marking the route (like tape in a gym) then this area is not for you.

Since Horse Flats sees so little traffic (on weekdays you might be the only person around for miles) most problems feel like a first ascent. Since it is so isolated bring a partner/spotter or at least let somebody know where you are, it is a very painful hike back to the car with a sprained ankle (speaking from experience). You could be stuck there for hours if your injuries are worse (cell phones don't work here).

Horse Flats has good amount of camping ($12 per night) but since it is in the Angeles National Forest you have to deal with the controversial U.S. Forest Service Adventure Pass. It is can be closed during the winter (snow) but a great mid Spring through Fall location.

This area is pristine so please pack out your trash.

Nearest town or city: Three Points

From La Canada Flintridge (where hwy 2 and 210 meet north of Glendale) take the Angeles Crest Highway (hwy 2) north for 28 miles. Turn left on Santa Clara Divide Road (about 2 miles past the Chilao Visitors Center). After 2.5 miles turn left into the Horse Flats campground. If you are not going to be camping you can park off to the right of the camp site pay booth and walk in. See route section descriptions for directions to each bouldering area.

Latitude, Longitude: 34.34278, -118.01000
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Camping: Pay
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