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Little Hunk - NE Face  

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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0276, -116.1529 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on May 17, 2003
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Vastly different in character than the southwest side of Little Hunk, this side tends to be steeper, more featured and overall have much better rock. Large sections of dark patina are conspicuous but the very best rock here is a smooth grey patina which lends itself nicely to climbing.

A wide range of both crack and face routes are available to choose from with ratings in the 5.7 to 5.13+ range, although most are 5.12 and under.

Some of the better climbs here include ZZZZZ (5.9 R), Electralux (5.9), Playing Hookey (5.10a), Shady Grove (5.10b), Point of No Return (5.10c), Power Failure (5.11a), Electric Blue (5.11c), Changes (5.11c) and New Deal (5.13d).

Getting There 

From the large gravel lot at Echo Tee follow a well-marked trail east past the south end of Echo Rock into an open area where the Little Hunk formation will come into view. Continue northeast on the obvious trail which leads to the base of the southwest face and then continue around the north end to reach the northeast face. Approach time is about 10-15 minutes from the car.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.1 miles from here

28 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',14],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Little Hunk - NE Face:
Incandescent   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Little Hunk - NE Face (Righ...
Electralux   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Little Hunk - NE Face (Righ...
ZZZZZ   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Little Hunk - NE Face (Righ...
Rad Nad   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Little Hunk - NE Face (Righ...
Blues Traveller   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Little Hunk - NE Face (Righ...
Point of No Return   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   Little Hunk - NE Face (Left...
Power Failure   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Little Hunk - NE Face (Righ...
Electric Blue   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Little Hunk - NE Face (Righ...
Smear Factor   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Little Hunk - NE Face (Righ...
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Featured Route For Little Hunk - NE Face
Sara Matisse on the FA

ZZZZZ Direct Start 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Little Hunk - NE Face (Righ...
This is a 2-bolt direct start to ZZZZZ. Begin about 30 feet right of the normal start and climb up to and onto a dike (5.9), then tiptoe left to join ZZZZZ. This start adds some quality moves to the pitch. I'd give ZZZZZ an extra star with the direct start (four stars instead of three).Be forewarned that the direct start does not lesson the runnouts of the original route. Even though the direct start is well-protected, you still have to climb the runnout up to ZZZZZ's original first bolt (5.7 R)...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Detailed Pano of the left side of Little Hunk-East Face
BETA PHOTO: Detailed Pano of the left side of Little Hunk-East...
Little Hunk
BETA PHOTO: Little Hunk
Closure sign.
BETA PHOTO: Closure sign.
Lluis on ZZZZ - Little Hunk
Lluis on ZZZZ - Little Hunk

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By Murf
Nov 17, 2008
The route density, distance from the road, and selection of grades make this a great wall for hot days in Josh.
By C Miller
Jan 16, 2009
The left side of Little Hunk's East Face (where Disrythmia, New Deal etc. are located) has been sometimes referred to as the "Vertical Adventure Wall".