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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 34.032, -116.04224 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Dec 16, 2009

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OZ is a large and somewhat remote area down the road from Split Rocks that offers a good selection of routes scattered about numerous crags. Approaches vary from crag to crag, but expect a thirty to forty-five minute walk on average. Some of the crags require hiking over rough and rocky terrain to reach, and ticks can be present in the washes at certain times of the year. The slightly lower elevation and rugged terrain of the area make this a good bet to escape the crowds of the western part of the Park as well as another alternative for those cold days.

The standout crag in OZ is Emerald City, which offers the best concentration of quality climbs and is home to such gems as The Rattler (5.10c), Snake Book (5.10d), Sonic Temple (5.11a) and Yellow Brick Road (5.11c). Some of the other crags offer a few high quality routes, but be warned that the rock quality varies considerably from rock to rock.

A nice area to visit and escape the crowds of Hidden Valley and such; this part of the Park always seems quiet and has a remote feeling to it.

Getting There 

Check the individual crag pages for detailed approach information.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.0 miles from here

46 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',21],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for OZ:
Hawk's Nest   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   The Hawk Hatchery
The Rattler   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Emerald City
Snake Book   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Emerald City
Sonic Temple   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Emerald City
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Featured Route For OZ
"The Rattler". Photo by Blitzo.

The Rattler 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Emerald City
This is the attractive crack that splits the left side of the wall and passes through a flared section midway up. A must do route if in the area, this features steep and clean jamming with great gear. One of the recommended crack lines in the area along with Baby Rattler and Snake Book. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Dave Stoner on the sharp end. FA party on Yellow B...
Dave Stoner on the sharp end. FA party on Yellow B...
Dave Stoner leading 2nd ascent of Over the Rainbow...
Dave Stoner leading 2nd ascent of Over the Rainbow...

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