Coming down for the day I saw this unknown climber...
The massive lower portion of Saddle Rocks, easily identified by it's slabby west face, is called The Skirt
and is home to numerous quality routes from 5.5 to 5.13a on it's north, west and south faces with climbs as long as three pitches making it one of the few places in the Park to offer multi-pitch climbing.
Face climbing is the name of the game here, although a number of cracks are available, and for the slab climber offers a treasure trove of quality multi-pitch routes in the 5.10 to 5.12 range which seldom see traffic.
Popular classics such as Right On
(5.5), Walk on the Wild Side
(5.8) see the bulk of the traffic however newer routes such as Santa Cruz
(5.10a), Harley Queen
(5.10c) and Where Have all the Cowboys Gone
(5.10d) are slowly seeing more ascents as word spreads which helps to spread out the traffic somewhat.
Hike the signed access trail to the base of the rock and then head either left or right depending upon where your climb of choice is located.
Weather station 10.7 miles from here
26 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]
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: Joshua Tree National Park
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One prominent feature on this part of Saddle Rocks is a large left-facing corner system (The Unicorner). Start up that climb for 20' then traverse right on a fairly awkward ledge passing a bolt until you reach a spot you can stand up. From here the climbs goes more or less straight up past 7 more bolts on steep, exposed and sometimes a little loose patina plates. There is a slight runout near the top but the climbing is much easier.Rap off the top with 2 ropes although if careful it can be done ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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