This sunny portion of the Arid Piles despite it's large size only has about a half dozen routes ranging from 5.9 to 5.12d. Popeye (5.11a), The Taming of the Shoe (5.11a R) and The Acid Crack (5.12d) are recommended routes for the area.
Approach from the end of the Lost Horse Road or the parking area at Real Hidden Valley, although the latter is slightly shorter timewise. The approach takes 10-20 minutes depending upon your starting point.
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The Acid Crack 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
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The Acid Crack 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Arid Piles - Southwest Face
This not often done Josh testpiece climbs an overhanging thin fingers crack. This classic is located about halfway between Popeye on the right and Edge of Doom on the left, on the southeast end of Arid Piles. It sits atop the formation, so a bit of scrambling from the desert floor gets one to the base....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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