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Hidden Valley Campground  


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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0162, -116.1614 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: M.Morley on Jun 15, 2002
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Description 

Welcome to Hidden Valley Campground - the Camp 4 of Southern California. HVCG has a high concentration of quality routes and one could potentially spend a week in The Park without ever leaving the campground. As such, the area sees more than it's fair share of traffic. A few considerations and logistics while you're here:

  • Entrance fee (currently $15) is valid for 7 days of purchase. Camping in the Park is $10/campsite/night, and is on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations). However, reservations may be made online for group campsites at Indian Cove, Sheep Pass, Cottonwood, and Black Rock Campgrounds through the NPS Reservation Center. More about camping....

  • Weekends are crowded during peak season! With its proximity to Los Angeles and San Diego, the Park draws more than 1 million visitors annually. Plan accordingly and have a backup plan if the campgrounds are full. There are numerous inexpensive motels in the nearby towns of Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and 29 Palms.

  • There are no gas stations in the Park itself. There are two gas stations in the town of Joshua Tree - a Valero on the corner of Park and Hwy 62 and at a Circle K (no diesel) which is a block to the east. Yucca Valley, 6 miles west of town on Hwy 62, has many gas stations to choose from with most having lower prices than the ones in Joshua Tree.

  • There is no running water in the Park. Come prepared with a 5-gallon or more jug if planning on staying more than a day. The last place to fill up is at the West Entrance kiosk, where you'll pay 25 cents for 5 gallons.


  • Cell phones reception is spotty, but good reception can be had at Key's View. There is an ***EMERGENCY ONLY*** phone located at the second bathroom in main loop of Hidden Valley Campground. The closest payphone is at Coyote Corner at the SE corner of Park Blvd and Hwy 62.

Getting There 

HVCG is located 14 miles SE of the Park's West Entrance along Quail Springs Road (Park Blvd).


Climbing Season



Weather station 10.0 miles from here

144 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',29],['2 Stars',63],['1 Star',48],['Bomb',3]
['<=5.6',24],['5.7',11],['5.8',24],['5.9',10],['5.10',57],['5.11',15],['5.12',2],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Hidden Valley Campground:
The Eye   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Cyclops Rock
The Bong   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   The Blob : The Blob - North Face
Mike's Books   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   Intersection Rock
Buissonier   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   The Blob : The Blob - Southeast Face
Toe Jam   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - East Face
Geronimo   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - East Face
Overhang Bypass   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   Intersection Rock
Double Cross   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face
The Flake   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Intersection Rock
Dogleg   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face
Sexy Grandma   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face
North Overhang   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Intersection Rock
Lower Right Ski Track   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Intersection Rock
Bearded Cabbage   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - East Face
The Official Route of the 1984 Olympics   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Cyclops Rock
Hobbit Roof   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Blob : The Blob - West Face
Left Ski Track   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   Intersection Rock
Overnight Sensation   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Cyclops Rock
Trapeze    5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Intersection Rock
Spider Line   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - East Face
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Featured Route For Hidden Valley Campground
Intersection Rock showing The Flake

The Flake 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Intersection Rock
Easily done in a single pitch this semi-classic requires being versed in a variety of techniques to succeed. Start up a chimney/offwidth (facing left is easier) which narrows higher up and transitions into a flake which is liebacked until it ends near a horizontal where delicate face climbing gains the top. Three stars out of five....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Tarantula and lunch near Hidden Valley Campground, Joshua Tree NP
Tarantula and lunch near Hidden Valley Campground,...
Bird and Brodie launching the Space Pod. Photo: Eric Draper
Bird and Brodie launching the Space Pod. Photo: Er...
Brett emerging from his long winter hibernation
Brett emerging from his long winter hibernation
Kangaroo Rat stuck in a beer bottle. You'll see this every 17 years or so.
Kangaroo Rat stuck in a beer bottle. You'll see th...
Old Woman, The Blob, and Hidden Valley Campground at night in November 2009. <br /> <br />flickr.com/thedan86
Old Woman, The Blob, and Hidden Valley Campground ...
???, Joshua Tree NP
???, Joshua Tree NP
My momentary lapse of reason on The Phallus boulder
My momentary lapse of reason on The Phallus boulde...
Space Station Sunset
Space Station Sunset
Sunset, as viewed from the Old Woman.
Sunset, as viewed from the Old Woman.
Hidden Valley Campground September, 2013
Hidden Valley Campground September, 2013
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Hidden Valley
View from the campground.
View from the campground.
Sunrise @ Hidden Valley
Sunrise @ Hidden Valley
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Sunset from site #2

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Sunset at the Hidden Valley Campground
Sunset at the Hidden Valley Campground
Joshua Tree at Sunset.
Joshua Tree at Sunset.
Hidden Valley from Ryan Mountain. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Hidden Valley from Ryan Mountain.
Photo by Blitzo.
Campsite #2
Campsite #2
View from the campground.
View from the campground.
HVC note board
HVC note board
warm summer jtree nights always make it great to sleep under the stars :)
warm summer jtree nights always make it great to s...
Intersection rock after sunset
Intersection rock after sunset
Interesting clouds in Hidden Valley CG, Joshua Tree NP
Interesting clouds in Hidden Valley CG, Joshua Tre...
Hidden Valley Campground from Cyclops
Hidden Valley Campground from Cyclops

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