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Summary: Hall Beckley is a rugged steep canyon that is above La Canada/La Cresenta. While Hall Beckley is not one of the most beautiful in the San Gabriels it is a descent canyon, particularly if you are looking to practice your down climbing skills.
ACA Rating: 3AIII
USGS Topographic Map: Condor Peak
Weather: NOAA Point Forecast
SAR Contact: Los Angeles County
Hall Beckley canyon descends down the south face of Mount Lukens above the towns of La Canada/La Cresenta. The descent is fairly straight forward but does require some a lot of downclimbing. Most of the advanced downclimbs have been rigged for rappel. You will note that the beta below does include several more rappels then indicated in Brennen’s beta (see other beta), the reason is due to the advanced downclimbs being indicated as rappels.
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Approach and GPS
The Hall Beckley canyon drop in point can be reached by two separate routes. Brennen describes a shuttle route that uses a starting trailhead on the Angeles Crest Highway (HWY 2). The other route shown below is an approach from the bottom of Hall Beckley eliminating the shuttle. It is a longer hike (~1 mile) and an additional 800 or so vertical feet. Generally the from the bottom approach will result in a faster approach, but either will work.
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Updated on 12/09/2012
Hall Beckley -- 3A III
Image looking down Hall Beckley canyon from the drop in point.[img src=http://www.ucanyon.com/wp-content/flagallery/hall-beckley-3a-iii/thumbs/thumbs_hall_beckley_initial_descent.jpg]20Hall Beckley Initial Descent
The initial descent into the canyon is steep and on very loose soil. [img src=http://www.ucanyon.com/wp-content/flagallery/hall-beckley-3a-iii/thumbs/thumbs_hall_beckley_140ft_rap.jpg]20Hall Beckley Big Rap
The largest rappel in Hall Beckley Canyon[img src=http://www.ucanyon.com/wp-content/flagallery/hall-beckley-3a-iii/thumbs/thumbs_hall_beckley_cave.jpg]20Hall Beckley Cave
Located on canyon left just below rappel #9.[img src=http://www.ucanyon.com/wp-content/flagallery/hall-beckley-3a-iii/thumbs/thumbs_hall_beckley_canyon_3aiii_beta_small_20121209.jpg]10
Chris Brennen Last Update February 24, 2006
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