Randy Leavitt, 1981 or so
Houser Buttress, on the southwest side of the Real Hidden Valley clump, is a prominent eighty foot buttress which is home to the popular Loose Lady
as well as a number of other quality routes. Getting to the base of the formation does involve a bit of scrambling.
Notable climbs here include Dummy's Delight
(5.9), Loose Lady
(5.10b) and Hidden Arch
Walk west several hundred yards from the Real Hidden Valley parking area following a marked trail that skirts the south side of a rocky hillside. Houser Buttress is the obvious tall, south-facing narrow formation with a smooth-looking face. Tunneling upwards through blocks to reach a ledge system leading right will access the base of the formation.
Weather station 10.6 miles from here
8 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Houser Buttress :
Loose Lady 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Ladyfingers 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Hidden Arch 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Featured Route For Houser Buttress
Loose Lady 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Houser Buttress
Seven bolts protect steep edges/smears up this exposed and fun route with the crux coming early on. Well protected, but not quite a sport route. A bolted anchor/rap is on top (90'). Take care if using a 50 meter rope and rap down the center of the formation, not down the route, as it's more than 80' down the route.A standout climb with a short approach, exciting friction and great position make this a very popular route, so plan accordingly. loooooooose lady... photo by Eric Horst ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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loooooooose lady... photo by Eric Horst
rappelling from the top of The Houser Buttress