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By Jamesmcj09
From Leesburg
Feb 28, 2012
Pleasant Overhangs... taking a break to eat an app...
I am on my way to j tree on 3/9 and I was wondering if any one had a recommendation on a campsite I should shoot for? obviously beauty and sunsets etc are important but also just a cool place to hang out with other climbers and short approaches to moderate trad routes is most important. let me know what you think and if you are out there looking for a partner let me know!

James

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By thecornyman
From Oakland, CA
Feb 28, 2012
mike
Jamesmcj09 wrote:
I am on my way to j tree on 3/9 and I was wondering if any one had a recommendation on a campsite I should shoot for? obviously beauty and sunsets etc are important but also just a cool place to hang out with other climbers and short approaches to moderate trad routes is most important. let me know what you think and if you are out there looking for a partner let me know! James

Real hidden valley is where it's at. Plenty of folks there.

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By Dylan Weldin
From Austin, Texas
Feb 28, 2012
Summit of my first tower, the Rectory via Fine Jad...
In order of preference:

Hidden Valley- hands down the best. You can park your car here and leave it the whole trip

Ryan: the Headstone is right in the campground and you can choose to get morning/ evening sun or take shelter from raging winds by choosing a site on either side of the campground's centerpiece formation

Jumbo Rocks: Conan's Corridor is right across the way, but there's not much worthy of note in the campground itself... closer to hidden valley than Belle

Belle, then White Tank: In that order due to driving distance to hidden valley. Belle is definitely better than White Tank because of the climbing in the immediate campground vicinity.

If you're there for any sort of extended amount of time I'd suggest spending a morning waiting outside Hidden Valley waiting to pounce on a site if one opens up... It'll be worth your time. The other option is to introduce yourself to the current occupants of a site with only one vehicle and ask if you can split the $10/ night with them. Don't even LOOK at their picnic table though while you cook on your tail gate :)


Enjoy your trip! Intersection Rock in the setting ...
Enjoy your trip! Intersection Rock in the setting sun as viewed from the base of the Old Woman in the HV Campground

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By Adam Beck
From Nashville, TN
Feb 29, 2012
2nd Belay of Fine Jade (5.11) The Rectory, Utah
I'll be out there a few days after that.

Is there any cell phone reception to be found near Ryan or Hidden Valley?

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By Dylan Weldin
From Austin, Texas
Mar 1, 2012
Summit of my first tower, the Rectory via Fine Jad...
No cell in the park (at least I haven't found it). Communication out there is done via message boards similar to Indian Creek. Your go-to message board should be the one by the restrooms at the day use area parking lot by intersection rock OR the board in the Hidden Valley campground.

Have a great time!

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By generationfourth
From Irvine, CA
Mar 18, 2012
HV is a nice campground but found it to be pretty annoying during peak times (even mid week). Being a loop, and I believe most are in Jtree, you get cars going around the loop all night long. During the weekends non climbers choose to boulder hop around the campground and have epics, and in general it's a loud campground. I still love it though.

also if you scramble to the top of the rock pile that's in-between the two sections of campgrounds in HV you can get cell reception up there.

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