At just about the time you hit Keys Corner Parking Lot, if you look to the right you'll see this crag across the desert floor blooming in the early morning sun. If you park at the pullout past Keys Corner you will probably be able to identify Right and Left Mel Cracks, the standout climbs of the crag.
From Entrance West pass Keys Corner Parking Lot and then turn right onto the Lost Horse Dirt Road. Park in the second pullout to the left.
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Other Voices 5.8 Trad, 1 pitch, 40 feet
Left Mel Crack 5.10b Trad, 1 pitch, 35 feet
Right Mel Crack 5.10c Trad, 1 pitch, 35 feet
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Left Mel Crack 5.10b CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Mel's Diner
This is the righthand crack.A fun climb full of very cool moves.Good little slots lead to the first impasse; a rather ominous bulge. Good technique pays dividends here and soon the next impasse is reached. Cool high step moves will pull you through this to the last impasse, a thought-provoking but not difficult mantle. Pull over the top to a medium cam anchor....[more] Browse More Classics in CA