A good look at the thin start. Photo by Tony Sarti...
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.
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.
Weather station 11.0 miles from here
23 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',2]
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We Don't Need No Stinking Badges 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : The Love Nest
This is the left route on the Love Nest proper and follows a line more or less up the left arete/face. Start off a block on the left arete of the formation and make airy moves around the corner via face moves and a short hand crack. The crux comes soon after and involves a thin face traverse to the right with a balancy slab section guarding the anchors at the top. Steep moves down low with a challenging and balancy upper section make this another great route for this area. Three stars out of f...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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