The Planet X Pinnacle on a fine December day, 2008...
East of The Love Nest
and on the south side of the boulder field containing Planet X
(V6 R) the boulder problem, is this free-standing pinnacle of rock with routes on every side.
The south face is home to Planet X
(5.8) a nice hand crack to face, Planet Y
(5.9) another crack to face is on the west face, the thin and crimpy Subway To Venus (5.11d) is on the shady north side and the east face hosts the mysterious Planet Z (5.11a).
With it's various aspects this is a pinnacle for all seasons that sees very little traffic as the nearby boulders are the main attraction in this area. Well worth a visit if only to enjoy the view of the surrounding desert from the hard-earned summit.
Park along the Sheep Pass Road in a paved turnout due west of The Love Nest
and follow the marked trail to the Love Nest (5 minutes). Continue past the Love Nest, heading east, to another clump of rocks several hundred meters away.
Once you reach the western edge of the rocks (you'll see a distinct pyramid-shaped boulder with a slabby left side) make a sharp right and follow a lesser used path that circles around to the south side of the boulders. Once on the south side, follow the trail east for about 60 metes and the distinctive crack of Planet X
(5.8) will come into view. Plan on 10-15 minutes for the approach.
Weather station 11.0 miles from here
7 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
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Saturn Sheets 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
: Joshua Tree National Park
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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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Planet X Pinnacle and the Saddle Rocks area.
Planet X Pinnacle (E Face), Joshua Tree NP
Feb 15, 2005
Good place for the whole family, flat area, easy approach. Three worthwhile climbs, with a few others if you have the time.