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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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 11.0 miles from here

7 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Planet X Pinnacle:
Planet X   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For Planet X Pinnacle
Midway up on Planet Y.

Planet Y 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Planet X Pinnacle
This route is on the west face and climbs a crack to face past a bolt that leads directly to the rap anchors for the formation.Climb the heavily featured crack until it dies out, where a combination of sidepulls and grainy edges gains a bolt which protects a long move to a visibly flexing flake the size of a hardcover book...gingerly pull down and not out on the flake and make the final moves to the anchors.A fun climb with some intricate movement that's easily toproped from the anchors if you d...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Planet X Pinnacle (W Face), Joshua Tree NP
BETA PHOTO: Planet X Pinnacle (W Face), Joshua Tree NP
Planet X Pinnacle, Joshua Tree NP
BETA PHOTO: Planet X Pinnacle, Joshua Tree NP
Planet X Pinnacle and the Saddle Rocks area. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Planet X Pinnacle and the Saddle Rocks area. Photo...
Planet X Pinnacle (E Face), Joshua Tree NP
Planet X Pinnacle (E Face), Joshua Tree NP

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By Murf
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.