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Ortega Falls

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About Ortega Falls:

Located in the Cleveland National Forest; an Adventure Pass is required to park in the parking area. Parking area is a few minutes south of El Cariso and a few minutes north of the Candy/General Store. Rock is very waterpolished. Watch out for poison oak and pink rattlesnakes. Some good bouldering throughout the "canyon". Routes on the waterfall are rated as follows (right to left) 7 (gully),9+ (crack), 10c(1st move crux),10 ,10, & 8(crack rt of falls).
Nearest town or city: El Cariso
Directions: From the 5 Freeway at San Juan Capistrano, take the 74 highway (very narrow, and has large amounts of accidents) east for about 19.5 miles, past several large switchbacks, about 1 mile past the Candy/General Store. A large turn-out/parking area is located along the side of the road. The crags are visible to the north.
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Camping: Pay
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Forum Discussions (4 posts)

  Subject Author Replies Last Post
No Replies Climbing Partner JereHum 0 Jan 10 2010, 9:00 PM
With Replies Anyone familiar with this area? agdavis 5 Oct 10 2009, 4:09 PM
With Replies When are the waterfalls there? melancholy 1 Jan 18 2008, 10:45 AM
With Replies Ortega Falls asaph 6 Dec 10 2009, 12:14 AM