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Rattlesnake Canyon

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Rattlesnake Buttress 
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Rattlesnake Canyon  


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Elevation: 3,400'
Location: 34.0835, -116.1406 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Covers the large canyon at the southeast corner of Indian Cove as well as the hillside above the picnic area. Approaches range from minutes to well over an hour depending upon the crag.

Getting There 

From the vicinity of the Short Wall drive east and then south to a large parking area at the end of the road. A well-worn trail heads east (towards the hillside) through some rocks to gain a wash which is followed south with some occasional boulder hopping. When an open area is reached you can make a right to the Corral Wall or continue straight ahead (south) to reach the start of Rattlesnake Canyon. Pass the waterfall on the right, continue on (passing the Mini-Mall) and the wash will start to head west as you enter Rattlesnake Canyon proper.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.9 miles from here

194 Total Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',24],['2 Stars',68],['1 Star',85],['Bomb',6]
['<=5.6',4],['5.7',13],['5.8',28],['5.9',29],['5.10',75],['5.11',31],['5.12',11],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Rattlesnake Canyon:
200 Motels   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Rattlesnake Buttress
Taken for Granite   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Rattlesnake Buttress
Hop Sing   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 115'   Ponderosa Wall / Black Towe...
Holly Hipkiss   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Rattlesnake Wash Hillside : Alien Head Area
Exfoliation Confrontation   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Corral Wall : Corral Wall - Right Side
Six-Gun by My Side   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Corral Wall : Corral Wall - Left Side
Bort   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Somewhere n00b
Alien Head   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Rattlesnake Wash Hillside : Alien Head Area
Firewater Chimney   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   The Valley of Kings : The Arrowhead
Witch Hunt   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   The Valley of Kings : Slatanic Area
Party till Ya' Puke   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Corral Wall : Corral Wall - Left Side
Party in the Desert   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Corral Wall : Corral Wall - Left Side
Virginia City   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Ponderosa Wall / Black Towe...
Boortemus   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Iceberg Boulder
Frontier Justice   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Lower Dodge City
Powered by Old English   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   The Valley of Kings : The Lynch Crag
The Last Stand   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   The Valley of Kings : The Arrowhead
Todd Gordon Memorial Chossy Pile of Radness (aka The Big Todd)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 35'   Somewhere n00b
Eureka!   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Rattlesnake Buttress
South of Heaven   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   The Valley of Kings : Slatanic Area
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Featured Route For Rattlesnake Canyon
Early repeat for Bartlett's guidebook cover

Frontier Justice 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Lower Dodge City
A hand crack start leads up to an imposing roof (5.10+) which goes at a far easier grade than appearances suggest. Once established over the lip the climbing is off-vertical, thin face with difficult smearing. The crux will be found around the vicinity of the fifth bolt with easier moves leading to the top and a bolted anchor/rap. This spectacular route is well worth the rugged thirty minute approach. Almost a sport climb, except for the crack start, but the rest of the route is protected like ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Reflection-Rattlesnake Canyon. Photo by Blitzo.
Reflection-Rattlesnake Canyon. Photo by Blitzo.
Making the crux transition from the seam to the ve...
Making the crux transition from the seam to the ve...
A lone bighorn near Rattlesnake Canyon. Photo by B...
A lone bighorn near Rattlesnake Canyon. Photo by B...
A nice photo opportunity while looking for a route...
A nice photo opportunity while looking for a route...
California Fuchsia and Stealth Pillar above. Photo...
California Fuchsia and Stealth Pillar above. Photo...
Why it's called Rattlesnake Canyon? Photo by Blitz...
Why it's called Rattlesnake Canyon? Photo by Blitz...
Rattlesnake Canyon from the Tuolumne Boulder, Josh...
Rattlesnake Canyon from the Tuolumne Boulder, Josh...
Tucker Tech on the first red point of "Bort&q...
Tucker Tech on the first red point of "Bort&q...
Boulders. Photo by Blitzo.
Boulders. Photo by Blitzo.
Stone and Sand-Indian Cove. Photo by Blitzo.
Stone and Sand-Indian Cove. Photo by Blitzo.
Desperately searching for a positive hold as Mike ...
Desperately searching for a positive hold as Mike ...
A friendly Tarantula. Photo by Blitzo.
A friendly Tarantula. Photo by Blitzo.
Cool Formations. Photo by Blitzo.
Cool Formations. Photo by Blitzo.
Plates near Ponderosa Wall. Photo by Blitzo,
Plates near Ponderosa Wall. Photo by Blitzo,
Rattlesnake Buttress and Dune. Photo by Blitzo.
Rattlesnake Buttress and Dune. Photo by Blitzo.
An oak gaul. Dodge City Canyon. Photo by Blitzo.
An oak gaul. Dodge City Canyon. Photo by Blitzo.
Beautiful water polished feldspar phenocrysts.
Beautiful water polished feldspar phenocrysts.

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