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Geology Tour Road  


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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 33.9718, -116.08 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Feb 17, 2006
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Description 

The Geology Tour Road is an 18 mile dirt road loop which winds it's ways through the lower end of Queen Valley where numerous rock formations can be found on either side of the Road. Popular areas include the Virgin Isles, East Virgin Isles, The Lost Pencil and Jerry's Quarry.

The unpaved, but occasionally graded, Geology Tour Road is a fairly good dirt road with lots of washboards and ruts in the first few miles and then a fair bit of soft sand after that. While having a 4WD vehicle is not a necessity it is advisable to have a vechicle with a bit of clearance and one that you feel comfortable driving over the odd rough spot. Be aware that some of the parking spots have a fair bit of soft sand which can spell trouble for those without 4WD, especially if trying to turn around in it. Better to keep the vehicle pointed downhill and drive the extra bit to Squaw Tank where a good turnaroud exists.

Getting There 

The turnoff for the Geology Tour Road is located in the center of the Queen Valley and across the road from the turnoff for the Desert Queen Mine Area. See the individual crags for more detailed approach information.

Climbing Season



Weather station 11.3 miles from here

167 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Geology Tour Road:
Caws and Effect   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   Towers of Uncertainty : Crow's Nest
Lechlinski Cracks   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Virgin Islands Area : Lechlinski Crack Formation
Mauna Loa   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 50'   Towers of Uncertainty : Lava Dome
Light Sabre   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Virgin Islands Area : Star Wars Rock
Between a Rock and a Hard Place   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Virgin Islands Area : Star Wars Rock
Centurion   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   Diamond Clump : Centurion
Cedric's Deep Sea Fish Market   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Virgin Islands Area : Star Wars Rock
Perpetual Motion   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Virgin Islands Area : Perpetual Motion Wall
Mauna Kea   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Towers of Uncertainty : Lava Dome
Hot Flashes   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Towers of Uncertainty : Lava Dome
Walking on the Moon   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Virgin Islands Area : Star Wars Rock
Equinox   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Jerry's Quarry and Lost Pen... : Jerry's Quarry
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Equinox 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Jerry's Quarry
The line of the route is not hard to spot. It is a unique crack up the vertical west face of the giant boulder which forms the summit of Jerry's Quarry. The start of the crack is thin fingers, and is is covered partially by a huge "ear-like" flake. Mantle onto this, and continue up the thin crack with increasing difficulty. The crux comes at about 25 feet when the footholds vanish and the face overhangs a degree or two past vertical. After this, some nice finger locks replace the desperate finge...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Brandi sticking the crux on Slashface. Photo: R.Mi...
Brandi sticking the crux on Slashface. Photo: R.Mi...
Joshua Trees and clouds-Geology Tour Road. Photo b...
Joshua Trees and clouds-Geology Tour Road. Photo b...
Geology Tour Road view, Joshua Tree NP
Geology Tour Road view, Joshua Tree NP
Virgin Isles from the GeoTour Road, Joshua Tree NP
Virgin Isles from the GeoTour Road, Joshua Tree NP
Geology Tour Road after a storm, Joshua Tree NP
Geology Tour Road after a storm, Joshua Tree NP
Chared joshua tree from the 2006 Queen Valley Fire...
Chared joshua tree from the 2006 Queen Valley Fire...
Time to leave the stem and crank.
Time to leave the stem and crank.
Geology Tour Road scenery, Joshua Tree NP
Geology Tour Road scenery, Joshua Tree NP
Along the Geology Road, 2001 or so.
Along the Geology Road, 2001 or so.
Geology Tour Road from the south, Joshua Tree NP
Geology Tour Road from the south, Joshua Tree NP
Murf in the clean corner of Plastic Lizard. Copyri...
Murf in the clean corner of Plastic Lizard. Copyri...
Geology Tour Road scenery, Joshua Tree NP
Geology Tour Road scenery, Joshua Tree NP
Jerry's Quarry Area. Photo by Blitzo.
Jerry's Quarry Area. Photo by Blitzo.
Same pile of rocks, Geology Road in 2001 or so.
Same pile of rocks, Geology Road in 2001 or so.
Sweet Pile of Rocks
BETA PHOTO: Sweet Pile of Rocks
Geology Tour Road, Joshua Tree NP
Geology Tour Road, Joshua Tree NP
Towers of Uncertainty
BETA PHOTO: Towers of Uncertainty
Mining relics along Fried Liver Wash, Joshua Tree ...
Mining relics along Fried Liver Wash, Joshua Tree ...
A western diamondback rattlesnake heading down the...
A western diamondback rattlesnake heading down the...
Roadside sign at the mouth of Berdoo Canyon, Joshu...
Roadside sign at the mouth of Berdoo Canyon, Joshu...
Malapais Hill, Joshua Tree NP
Malapais Hill, Joshua Tree NP
Joshua Tree and clouds along the Geology Tour Road...
Joshua Tree and clouds along the Geology Tour Road...

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