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Flake, The 
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Huevos 
Jungle 
Left Ski Track 
Let It All Hang Out 
Lower Right Ski Track 
Mike's Books 
North Overhang 
Overhang Bypass 
Pinacle Stand 
Secovar 
Shana Grant 
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Southeast Corner 
Southwest Passage 
Trapeze  
Upper Right Ski Track 
Water Chute 
West Chimney 
Zigzag 

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.


29 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',5],['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 VD 3a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Mike's Books   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   
West Chimney   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Overhang Bypass   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   
The Flake   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
North Overhang   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     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'   
Lower Right Ski Track   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Billabong   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Shana Grant   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Left Ski Track   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   
Trapeze    5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Huevos   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Intersection Rock showing The Flake

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

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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
intersection rock at sunset
intersection rock at sunset
Mile marker 17 and Intersection Rock
Mile marker 17 and Intersection Rock
South face, Intersection Rock, April 08.
South face, Intersection Rock, April 08.
Intersection Rock/Ski Track NE Face
BETA PHOTO: Intersection Rock/Ski Track NE Face
Intersection Rock traverse
Intersection Rock traverse
Intersection Rock-South West Face. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: Intersection Rock-South West Face.
Photo by Blitzo...
New climbing sign at Intersection Rock parking. Now I can finally find the Ski Tracks! <br />Photo by Blitzo.
New climbing sign at Intersection Rock parking. No...
Intersection Rock at sunset
Intersection Rock at sunset
Intersection Rock-East Face. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: 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...
messing around on top of intersection rock
messing around on top of intersection rock
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.......
Intersection Rock-East Face. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Intersection Rock-East Face.
Photo by Blitzo.
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...
On Top of Intersection
On Top of Intersection
Joshua Tree detail.
Joshua Tree detail.
view from the top of intersection rock
view from the top of intersection rock
Gettin' down in the desert, Joshua Tree.
Gettin' down in the desert, Joshua Tree.
Intersection Rock
Intersection Rock
Climbers on Intersection Rock, Joshua Tree.
Climbers on Intersection Rock, Joshua Tree.
Standing atop intersection after climbing The Flake.
Standing atop intersection after climbing The Flak...
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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.