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East Virgin Islands  


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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 33.9447, -116.058 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Alan Nelson on Jan 29, 2003
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The Virgin Islands East are for adventurous souls undeterred by a half-hour hike across the desert. In return, you're rewarded with solitude and fabulous views of the northern reaches of Pleasant Valley. They are composed of a scattering of domes and large boulders nestled at the foot of the Hexie Mountains a mile or so east of the Virgin Islands. Due to remoteness, this area hasn't been developed as fully as other more accessible sites in the Park. Nonetheless, there are a number of fine lines worthy of the walk.

Crack-masters (and mistresses) will love Castaway (5.11c) a splitter 30' fingers to chimney roof crack on the underside of a boulder. Those with big guns and small fingers will enjoy Buried Treasure (5.11b), Carribean Cruise (5.11c) and The Marathon Crack (5.12a) a group of finger-wrecking test-pieces. Multi-disciplinary honemasters will get a thrill out of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (5.11b R) which mixes a marginally protected 5.9 crack start with an improbable sport-bolted vertical 5.11 face. More moderate routes abound, many still awaiting the effort of a first ascent.


Getting There 

Drive down the Geology Tour road to the first tour stop pullout on the right after passing the Virgin Islands. Hike straight east across the desert. Keep walking until you get there. It is useful to back-sight during the approach to relocate your car on the retreat - otherwise you might wind up a half-mile down the hill when you reach the Geology Tour road. A slightly longer alternative is to park for the Virgin Islands, walk through the middle of the domes to their eastern edge, then head southeast to the Virgin Islands East.


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Alan Nelson on the FA. Photo: A. Nelson collection.

Memorial Meowzer 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Cat Pinnacle
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East Virgin Islands. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
East Virgin Islands.
Photo by Blitzo.
East Virgin Islands from the north.  Hone Dome is on the right, then Virgin Pile, Pinon Point.
BETA PHOTO: East Virgin Islands from the north. Hone Dome is ...
East Virgin Islands. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
East Virgin Islands.
Photo by Blitzo.
Alan Nelson on the first ascent of Memorial Meowzer (5.10c), Joshua Tree. Photo: Alan Nelson.
Alan Nelson on the first ascent of Memorial Meowze...
East Virgin Isles, Joshua Tree NP
East Virgin Isles, Joshua Tree NP

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By Donno
From: Newport Beach
Dec 27, 2004
If you park near the Virgin Islands, plan a 1 hr hike to get thru the domes and out to the EVI's.
By Will S
From: Joshua Tree
Dec 13, 2010
Just a note for approaching these. The Vogel map SUCKS. If you actually contour around and near the edge of the Lechlinski Cracks formation, as Vogel map shows, and continue near the formations further back it will take you way too far toward the north. Instead, facing the Lechlinksi cracks from the road, head toward about 2:00...you're going toward the big mountain ridge. When I say "mountain" I mean mountain...not a little hill or a stack of rocks/dome.

I parked right in front of the Lechlinski crack and it was about 30min out to the near formations like Hone Dome and maybe 45 to Pac Man rock.