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Arid Piles  

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Elevation: 4,100'
Location: 34.01009, -116.1766 View Map  Incorrect?
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Arid Piles from the north. Photo by Blitzo.


The Arid Piles is a relatively large formation located at the southern end of the Lost Horse area and west of The Real Hidden Valley. Most of the routes were established in the 80's in bold style by an assortment of talented climbers including J. Bachar, A. Bartlett, C. Cole, M. Cranor, D. Evans, T. Gilje, M. Gingery, T. Gordon, D. Hensel, V. Kodas, M. Lechlinski, D. Nakahira, A. Nelson, R. Raffa, R. Raker, R. Vogel, J. Woodward, J. Yablonski, & T. Yaniro. Two classics in the area are 29 Palms (5.11d), a stemming and palming testpiece and The Acid Crack (5.12d), an overhanging thin crack.

Getting There 

This area is easy to access from The Real Hidden Valley parking lot. Walk west past the Houser Buttress, Zombie Woof Rock, and Miles of Piles Rock on a climber's access trail to The southern end of the Lost Horse area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.8 miles from here

17 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Arid Piles:
Edge of Doom   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Arid Piles - Northwest Face
29 Palms   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Arid Piles - Northwest Face
The Acid Crack   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Arid Piles - Southwest Face
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Tony Yaniro on the FA of 29 Palms (5.11d), Joshua ...

29 Palms 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Arid Piles - Northwest Face
Difficult lieback/jam moves reach the very steep left-facing corner with a seam in the middle. Extremely technical and challenging palming and stemming moves go over a bulge to a lower angle section with a finger sized crack. Near the top the climb steepens before the anchors. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Bouldering along the trail to Arid Piles
Bouldering along the trail to Arid Piles
Natural arch near the Arid Piles, JTNP.
Natural arch near the Arid Piles, JTNP.

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