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When you approach the Valley of the Kings from Rattlesnake, probably the best way to go is up a jumble of boulders across from The Pyramid. Some of the boulders are pretty big. There is even a climb on one of these big boulders on the approach to Valley of the Kings.
Hike up Rattlesnake Canyon until about even with The Pyramid. Then hike up and left (to the south) up a steep hillside of big jumbled boulders. There is often water running under these boulders; you can hear it and there are small underground cave areas of ponds and small waterwalls. On this approach, you may or may not pass by a bolted face climb, the only climb I know of on this approach.
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Don't Eat the Worm 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Approach Boulders
This climb is located in a hard to find spot, on a boulder, on the direct approach to the Valley of the Kings. Hike up Rattlesnake Canyon until you are in front of The Pyramid. About here, you scramble So. and up talus and large boulders towards the Valley of the Kings. Close to the top, you will find this climb, which faces N. and starts sort of down low in a hole/cave like area. 4 bolts to a 2 bolt anchor...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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