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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Featured Route For Planet X Area
Saturn Sheets 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Planet X Pinnacle
Climb an easy ramp up to the base of a headwall and then climb large edges to a very high first bolt (a fall before the first bolt would be bad). Once the first bolt is reached well protected thin edges/smears lead up and right to another bolt near the southwest arete which is then followed to the summit of the formation.Good climbing but the lack of protection at the start makes this a climb only for those not leading at their limit. One star out of five....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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