Horse Flats has some of the best granite bouldering in Southern California and is only about an hour from Los Angeles. The beautiful mountain setting in the Angeles National Forest provides a nice escape from summer heat and urban hustle and bustle.
What Makes It Great
There are a lot of arête type routes, but also many crack and face climbs as well. Usually during the weekdays, there are no crowds, which makes it a nice place to experience some peace and quiet.
Top Ten Routes
1) Right Crack V0 (Farside)
2) Thin Crack V0 (Main Area: U-Boulder)
3) Y-Crack V1 (Main Area: Y-Crack Boulder)
4) The Fang V3 (Main Area T-Boulder)
5) B1 Traverse V4 (Main Area T-Boulder)
6) Toothless V5 (Far Side)
7) Left Slab Route-3 5.8 (Top Rope Wall) TR
8) Flicka 5.9 (Top Rope Wall) TR
9) Pie Slice 5.10b/c (Pie Slice) Trad
10) Ant Line 5.11c (Top Rope Wall) Trad
Who is Going to Love It
Most of the routes here are at the easier end of the spectrum ranging from 5.6-5.11 on rope routes, and V1-V5 for bouldering, making this a good place for beginners to train.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
From MountainProject.com: "Take the Angeles Crest Highway (Hwy 2) N. past the 134 and 210. The Horse Flats turnoff is ~28 miles from the Hwy 210 intersection, and is the next paved road after Newcomb's Ranch. The road is windy so look at your odometer. After taking the Horse Flats turnoff, drive ~2.5 miles to the Horse Flats campground. Park in the campground."
There's plenty of camping here, but you must have a U.S. Forest Service Adventure Pass. The area can be closed during winter for snow, but it is a great destination from spring to fall.