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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.
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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Houser Buttress :
Dummy's Delight 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Loose Lady 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Ladyfingers 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Puss N' Boots 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Hidden Arch 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
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Hidden Arch 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Houser Buttress
From the Real Hidden Valley parking area approach as per Loose Lady via the marked climber's trail. The climb is not visible for most of the approach as it is west-facing. Once up at the base of Houser Buttress the climb will be obvious as a left-facing arching crack/corner system down and left from Loose Lady. A bit of easy scrambling leads down to the base. Face climbing past two bolts (5.10) leads to the base of the arch where a fixed pin will be found (small cam placement too...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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