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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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Left Mel Crack 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 35'
Right Mel Crack 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 35'
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Walk to the right around from the Mel Cracks, this climb is the last significant crack system before the crag peters out. A steep route.Ledges lead to the meat of the climb, a steep fingers to hand crack (small cam) which is followed to a nice hand-rail below the final bulge (comforting medium cam). Stepping left to good holds seems like the right thing to do, then head up from here. Sling a boulder for the belay....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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