Hardest Routes in SoCal?

What do you think the hardest routes to a peak are in SoCal? I’ve been thinking about it, and will put together a list including ones I have and haven’t done, but I’m sure I’m missing some. One of the top ones I may be trying again this weekend. It’s always good to refresh one’s mind!

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7 Responses to “Hardest Routes in SoCal?”

Derek (100 Peaks)

Derek (100 Peaks) November 11th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

I am pretty sure you’ve done the worst ones already.


Chenendez November 12th, 2010 at 8:08 am

Echo Mtn by way of Sam Merrill trail. Usually takes me 3 hours due to the 7,568 people I need to pause and make way when I encounter them.


Bart November 18th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

In the San Gabriels, the gourges and canyons that have the name “devils” in them are so named for a reason. No way out!! Back in the 80′s we explored most of the areas currently named and many named devil’s from old maps…typically you have to free-ski in tennis shoes or hiking shoes down the shale or loose rocks typically about a thousand feet, explore around as much as possible, and then embark on the nasty vertical shrub climb back out..that is the safe way out of these places, the manzanitas have really long roots as strong as steel, so they are the best zip line out of those places. You just pull yourself right through the shrubs, nasty but safe.
.One time I pushed straight up through shrubs for 6 hrs and then dropped 10 feet down a cliff overhang onto the 2 hwy…wicked wicked…and not that much fun but you learn how to navigate through this schtuff!…

A Major huge local adventure I have yet to accomplish is the indian caves at red rock. (near castaic) There are many undiscovered hard to find caves with indian artifacts still in them…some up high on the steep red rock mtn cliffs..

located near castaic off of the old ridge route, loosely you park near libre mtn, cross the knapp ranch and you pass the old gillette mines on the way down there to red rock….

It is a 12-16 hour mountain bike/ running / hiking adventure..the first 15-20 miles are mostly flat and best navigated by mtn bike to accomplish it in one day…
It is in the remote San Andreas fault area and extremely inaccessible and an extreme adventure…I never found a friend who could make it past the Gillette mines, and when alone, your minds plays tricks on you near red rock as it gets late..

add the possibility of modern horse wranglers on the way and people living or hiding in old shacks and ranches in the middle of nowhere, and you have an extreme adventure…..
I think i googled “knapp ranch” to collect info, and most was from east coast people who visited / worked on the knapp ranch in the 20′s–40′s…


FIGHT ON November 25th, 2010 at 8:24 am

Happy GUrkey Day! (I assume you guys stuff your Turkey with GU, right?) hahahahahhahaahahahahahahaahahahaha


November 30th, 2010 at 12:29 pm

What’s GU? You seem to be quite familiar with it.


FIGHT ON November 30th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

LOL. you know!! It’s one of those, stimulators. stuff some people take when they hike! to get that, “phony” result! andthenpretendtheydidn’t take it! lolololol

Dale of Atnarko

Dale of Atnarko March 4th, 2011 at 6:00 pm

The hardest route in my opinion is Ross Mountain, across the East Fork from Iron Mountain. I have climbed every mountain in the San Gabriels except this one,

As for hikes going down instead of up, the Royal Pool in the Royal Gorge of the upper Arroyo Creek was a pretty hard route and very difficult to accomplish in one day.

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