Little Santa Anita Canyon
Hidden within plain sight, Little Santa Anita Canyon showcases what canyoneering in Southern California is all about. The is a route suitable for beginners and offers several lovely, easy rappels varying in height up to 60 feet. The route is one of the easiest ones around with a nice, well traveled and established trail outside the city of Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles area. The Mount Wilson trail climbs high into the range and you will likely see dozens of people out for a walk or jog. The route will take you high above LSA itself and eventually drop you close enough to the creek to simply walk off the trail to it. Simply drop in and head downstream. The technical route is straightforward. There are two options on the exit, both of them are listed below. Both have their benefits and drawbacks. The first exit option is a steep and somewhat sketchy route that takes you up a ridge and back to the trail. The second option grants you another beautiful rappel/waterfall, but has logistical challenges and I’m not entirely sure of the legality of it as you have to hop a fence above a non-functioning dam, then wander back through the neighboorhood to your parked vehicle. Pick your poison I suppose.
***THIS MAP IS A ROUGH ESTIMATE OF THE ROUTE AND IS INTENDED ONLY FOR REFERENCE***
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