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Bat Crack T 
Beginner's Three T 
Billabong T 
Bongledesh T 
Dead Again T 
Death by Misadventure T 
Drawstring T 
Elijah's Coming T 
Flake, The T 
Half Track T 
Huevos S 
Jungle T 
Left Ski Track T 
Let It All Hang Out T 
Lower Right Ski Track T 
Mike's Books T 
North Overhang T 
Overhang Bypass T 
Pinacle Stand T 
Secovar T 
Shana Grant S 
Shovling-Cole T 
Southeast Corner T 
Southwest Passage T 
Trapeze  T 
Upper Right Ski Track T 
Water Chute T 
West Chimney T 
Zigzag T 

Intersection Rock  


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Description 

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.


Getting There 

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.


Climbing Season



Weather station 10.1 miles from here

29 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',7],['5.7',1],['5.8',5],['5.9',2],['5.10',10],['5.11',4],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=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 Intersection Rock:
Upper Right Ski Track   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Mike's Books   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   
Overhang Bypass   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   
The Flake   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
North Overhang   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Half Track   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Water Chute   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Lower Right Ski Track   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Shana Grant   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Billabong   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Left Ski Track   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   
Trapeze    5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Huevos   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Featured Route For Intersection Rock
Fabi on Trapeze

Trapeze 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Intersection Rock
Starts 30 or so feet to the left of Lower Right Ski Track. A step-off move from a boulder (bolt protected) starts the climb, followed by a beguiling, 5.11 face balance crux. There is a runout mantle and 5.9 moves to reach the second bolt: beware. Above, tricky face climbing past bolts and a piton gains the roof. After a slight traverse rightward, acrobatic moves climb past the roof and onto the face above, moving right to join Lower Right Ski Track and the beginning of Upper Right Ski Track....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Intersection Rock Slideshow Add Photo
Jodi Levine performs a sunset salutation atop Intersection Rock.
Jodi Levine performs a sunset salutation atop Inte...
Blooming cactus with Intersection Rock in the background.  April 08.
Blooming cactus with Intersection Rock in the back...
Intersection Rock - West Face
BETA PHOTO: Intersection Rock - West Face
My fiancee setting up the belay for the Right Ski Track. This picture was taken in August and it was about 94 degrees, and about 10 degrees cooler in the shade not a bad day.
My fiancee setting up the belay for the Right Ski ...
Intersection Rock - East Face
BETA PHOTO: Intersection Rock - East Face
Intersection Rock - North Face
BETA PHOTO: Intersection Rock - North Face
On Top of Intersection
On Top of Intersection
Intersection Rock
Intersection Rock
intersection rock at sunset
intersection rock at sunset
Intersection Rock-South West Face. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: Intersection Rock-South West Face. Photo by Blitzo...
Intersection Rock/Ski Track NE Face
BETA PHOTO: Intersection Rock/Ski Track NE Face
view from the top of intersection rock
view from the top of intersection rock
Intersection Rock-East Face. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: Intersection Rock-East Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Standing atop intersection after climbing The Flake.
Standing atop intersection after climbing The Flak...
Intersection Rock-East Face. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Intersection Rock-East Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Midway up Intersection Rock with Turtle Rock in the background.
Midway up Intersection Rock with Turtle Rock in th...
From the right angle, the North end of Intersection Rock strongly resembles the skull of a gorilla or perhaps some primitive hominid. The gathering storm and wind somehow added to this effect. Photo by Tony Bubb 1/04.
From the right angle, the North end of Intersectio...
Intersection is a great place for a picnic too.... <br />1980???  The rangers used the lowering of the rogue picnic table as a rescue exercise.... they dropped it from about mid-height.
Intersection is a great place for a picnic too.......
Joshua Tree detail.
Joshua Tree detail.
messing around on top of intersection rock
messing around on top of intersection rock
Gettin' down in the desert, Joshua Tree.
Gettin' down in the desert, Joshua Tree.
Intersection Rock at sunset
Intersection Rock at sunset
Climbers on Intersection Rock, Joshua Tree.
Climbers on Intersection Rock, Joshua Tree.
Intersection Rock traverse
Intersection Rock traverse

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By Russ Walling
From: www.FishProducts.com
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
Administrator
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.