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Planet X Area Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 33.9966, -116.156 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on Aug 26, 2008


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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.

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

Weather station 11.0 miles from here

23 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Planet X Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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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Featured Route For Planet X Area
Rock Climbing Photo: "Saturn Sheets". Photo by Blitzo.

Saturn Sheets 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CA : 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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Rock Climbing Photo: The first sunset of 2010, Joshua Tree NP
The first sunset of 2010, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Jessy Kronenberg on Planet Y
Jessy Kronenberg on Planet Y
Rock Climbing Photo: Checking the guidebook...
Checking the guidebook...
Rock Climbing Photo: An overview of the Planet X Area, Joshua Tree NP
An overview of the Planet X Area, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Planet X Area, Joshua Tree NP
Planet X Area, Joshua Tree NP

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