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Planet X Area

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Crypt, The 
Love Nest Area 
Planet X Pinnacle 

Planet X Area 


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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 33.9966, -116.156 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: C Miller on Aug 26, 2008
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A good look at the thin start. Photo by Tony Sarti...

Description 

The open area north of Cap Rock is home to the Planet X Area which contains a number of quality routes as well as the popular Planet X Bouldering.

Notable areas here include the sunny The Love Nest which is home to a handful of quality sport routes in the 5.11 range, the free-standing Planet X Pinnacle which has a great 5.8 crack/face route as well as some other face routes in the 5.9-5.11+ range and The Crypt, a more recently developed area with routes in the 5.7-5.11 range.


Getting There 

Look for a dirt pullout about 1.4 miles from Hidden Valley Campground and 0.3 miles before Cap Rock that's on the left (east) side of the road if coming from Hidden Vally CG.

A well-defined and marked trail leads across the desert to The Love Nest which is visible from the car and on the approach. Hiking east a bit further will get you to Planet X Pinnacle as well as the Planet X Bouldering area. The Crypt lies a bit further east still, although it can also approached from the vicinity of the Hall of Horrors.

Approach times vary from 5-20 minutes depending upon the area.


Climbing Season


23 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',4],['5.9',4],['5.10',4],['5.11',6],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',1],['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 Planet X Area:
Planet X   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Planet X Pinnacle
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Planet X 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Planet X Pinnacle
Start above a cactus and climb a steep, juggy hand crack until it narrows to thin hands, then fingers and then finally dies out at a bolt. Clip the bolt and make some face moves using patina edges and smears to reach up and left to a short flared crack that leads to the summit.Enjoy the view of the surrounding desert - Saddle Rocks, Headstone Rock, The Astro Domes, King Dome/Hall of Horrors and the Loose Lady Buttress are some of the formations visible from the summit of this formation, and then...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The first sunset of 2010, Joshua Tree NP
The first sunset of 2010, Joshua Tree NP
Jessy Kronenberg on Planet Y
Jessy Kronenberg on Planet Y
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Checking the guidebook...
An overview of the Planet X Area, Joshua Tree NP  <br />
An overview of the Planet X Area, Joshua Tree NP
Planet X Area, Joshua Tree NP
Planet X Area, Joshua Tree NP
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