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Saddle Rocks Area  


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Elevation: 4,500'
Location: 33.9929, -116.1392 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on Aug 26, 2008
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Description 

The Saddle Rocks Area covers the large slab of Saddle Rocks as well as peripheral areas like the Theoretical Boulder and the seldom visited Cowboy Crags. Stacks of quality crack and face routes up to 3 pitches in length are found here including the popular Right On (5.5) and Walk on the Wild Side (5.8).

Getting There 

Park at the large paved lot that's used for Hall of Horrors, cross the road and follow a signed trail to the base of the rock. Approach time to the base is about 15 minutes.

Climbing Season



Weather station 10.8 miles from here

60 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',23],['1 Star',22],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',5],['5.8',12],['5.9',12],['5.10',20],['5.11',7],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=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 Saddle Rocks Area:
Right On   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Wisest Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Cowboy Crags
Walk on the Wild Side   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Orange Flake   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Do Rein Me   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Gaucho Marx   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
The Unicorner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (North...
Negro Girls   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Dial 911   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Santa Cruz   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
The Posse   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Space Mountain   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (North...
Harley Queen   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Episcopalian Toothpick   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Theoretical Boulder
Harlequin   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Where Have all the Cowboys Gone   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
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Featured Route For Saddle Rocks Area
Hargis leading Space Mountain. Photo: R.Miramontes

Space Mountain 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (North...
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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Saddle Rocks aglow just before sunset, Joshua Tree...
Saddle Rocks aglow just before sunset, Joshua Tree...
Saddle Rocks
Saddle Rocks
Saddle Rocks Area, Joshua Tree NP
BETA PHOTO: Saddle Rocks Area, Joshua Tree NP
Saddle Rocks snow. Photo by Blitzo.
Saddle Rocks snow. Photo by Blitzo.
Snow on the Cowboy Crags, Joshua Tree NP
Snow on the Cowboy Crags, Joshua Tree NP
Troy Mayr airing it out on the Iconoclast (5.13a),...
Troy Mayr airing it out on the Iconoclast (5.13a),...
Rainbow over Saddle Rocks and Ryan Mountain
Rainbow over Saddle Rocks and Ryan Mountain
Saddle Rocks from top of South Horror Rock at suns...
Saddle Rocks from top of South Horror Rock at suns...
Ryan Mountain with a dusting of snow, Joshua Tree ...
Ryan Mountain with a dusting of snow, Joshua Tree ...
Teddy Bear Cholla, Joshua Tree National Park
Teddy Bear Cholla, Joshua Tree National Park
Saddle Rocks Area after a snowstorm, Joshua Tree N...
Saddle Rocks Area after a snowstorm, Joshua Tree N...
Cowboy Crags, Joshua Tree NP
Cowboy Crags, Joshua Tree NP
Yuccas near the top of Saddle Rocks, Joshua Tree N...
Yuccas near the top of Saddle Rocks, Joshua Tree N...
Saddle Rock
Saddle Rock

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