Intersection Rock lies at the crossroads of Quail Springs Road and Hidden Valley Campground. Note that the road has been re-routed to the south side of the formation, which has led to some confusion with first-time visitors trying to mesh guidebook descriptions to locate the routes.
Tony Bubb: "On Intersection Rock, there are three main cracks running diagonally up and left from the base. These are visible from the North side (from the Hidden Valley Campground) and are called, from right to left, Right Ski Track (Upper and Lower), Left Ski Track, and Half Track These are plainly visible in the attached photograph."
At 5.3, Upper Right Ski Track is a rare starred beginner route.
In the 5.6 - 5.8 range, Mike's Books is a fun 2-pitch route (2nd pitch a bit wide). Overhang Bypass (5.7) is a fantastic variation to North Overhang (5.9) - both classics. The Flake (5.8) is another must do.
Lower Right Ski Track (5.10b) and Left Ski Track (5.11a) will help to keep your ego in check.
If driving from the Park's West Entrance, park at the newly constructed parking area at Hidden Valley Campground. All routes are easily accessed from here.
29 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',1]
Browse More Classics in Intersection Rock
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Intersection Rock:
The Flake 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Half Track 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Water Chute 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b
R Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Shana Grant 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Featured Route For Intersection Rock
The Flake 5.8 5b 16 VI- 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
News and Events For Intersection Rock
Latest Regional Forum Messages
BETA PHOTO: Intersection Rock - North Face
BETA PHOTO: Intersection Rock - West Face
BETA PHOTO: Intersection Rock - East Face
BETA PHOTO: Intersection Rock/Ski Track NE Face
BETA PHOTO: Intersection Rock-South West Face.
Photo by Blitzo...
intersection rock at sunset
My fiancee setting up the belay for the Right Ski ...
BETA PHOTO: Intersection Rock-East Face.
Photo by Blitzo.
Intersection Rock-East Face.
Photo by Blitzo.
From the right angle, the North end of Intersectio...
Joshua Tree detail.
Gettin' down in the desert, Joshua Tree.
Climbers on Intersection Rock, Joshua Tree.
Blooming cactus with Intersection Rock in the back...
South face, Intersection Rock, April 08.
Midway up Intersection Rock with Turtle Rock in th...
Jodi Levine performs a sunset salutation atop Inte...
Intersection is a great place for a picnic too.......
The 'Intersection' between the Earth and the sky. ...
messing around on top of intersection rock
On Top of Intersection
Intersection Rock at sunset
view from the top of intersection rock
Intersection Rock traverse
Mile marker 17 and Intersection Rock
|Comments on Intersection Rock
|By Russ Walling|
Feb 25, 2007
I rapped today 2/25/07 from the bolts above the Right Ski Track area.... you know, the ones at the top of North Overhang.... I took one of the bolts out with my fingers. And I mean "out", and then screwed it back in. YMMV
|By Matthew Fienup|
From: Ventura, CA
Jun 3, 2008
As of May 30, 2008, this bolt is still loose enough to remove with your fingers. My partner's eyes popped out of his head when I handed him the bolt.