The LA Reservoir road. Closed to vehicle traffic so it makes for a nice hike or run.
Splitters! But in welded tuff rock...hmmm
This formation was the primary motivation for my hike up there today. The Reservoir Crag. It's a quarter mile beyond the reservoir. Many years ago, Peter Gram put in a route up the obvious, overhanging buttress on the right. Looks amazing.
A straight-on view of Peter's route. A couple bolts down low lead to the crack in the sunny face and the more bolts above tackle the endless roofs
I have my eye on this wall, around to the right of Peter's route. I bushwacked to the top, placed anchors and cleaned a line down the major black streak. ~70 feet long and surprisingly steep
Looking down the line I cleaned
Further to the right is another buttress and there's a bolted route that goes up the major black streak. Look closely above it and you can see the chains anchor. There's supposed to be a bolted 5.10+ around here but this looked harder and longer.
Looking up canyon. The bushwacking paid off...a great view and perch
Bushwacking back down after cleaning the line. It was getting late and I was solo
Serious bushwacking. You gotta want it
I'm a bit scraped up now
Thankfully, I found the bearing tree to help keep me from getting lost
This formation looks like it could yield some entertaining climbing routes too. It's just uphill of the reservoir.
Less appealing for climbing but still interesting looking is this formation about five minutes down the road from the reservoir
The Shangri-La Tower. I saw two chain anchors on this formation. One is for a 12(?) project (visible in this photo in the middle of the face at the top). For years I've looked at this tower while running past it wondering....now I know
A better view of the Shangri-La Tower. Cool looking tower. Apparently a decent 5.11c line ascends the right edge.
The lower wall at the Shangri-La area. There are two routes on this face that share the anchor by that little tree up there. A 12a on the left, "Astrosamurai", and a 13a on the right, "Tweezer"
There's are route up the nicely feature rock that then step across a gap to the harder-looking arete above. Supposedly the route is a 5.12? project.
Close up looking up the 13a route
An interesting but lichen-encrusted three-bolt 5.9 route, "The Gardener", heads up this shady face
In case the first 15 feet of the routes is too hard...
There's a hard looking line on this wall that I think is the route, "Rate of Decay", 5.11d/12a
This three-bolt route, "My Mother's Bank Account" (5.9) is missing its hangers but looks quite fun. I believe the off-width to the right is awaiting an FA.
This was the best-looking route at the area, "Manufacturing Excuses" (5.11b). The Jemez Rock book states this is the crag's must-do route. I can see why.
Not LA Canyon, obviously. The waterfall below the WR water treatment plant near the Overlook on Feb. 13, 2011 after a very cold snap