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Steve Canyon Area  


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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0194, -116.1671 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The Steve Canyon Area lies along the western edge of The Outback and to it's east is the large open area that characterizes that area. Steve Canyon, the namesake of the area is the most popular spot here and within it's sheltered canyon walls are a number of quality routes worth seeking out. Watanobe Wall faces Park Blvd. and offers a fair number of mostly crack climbs with a minimal approach. The Hot Tub is another crag facing the road with a mix of crack and face climbs on it's sunny flanks. Cereal Rock is fairly overlooked although it's many routes are not especially inspiring.

Getting There 

Cereal Rock, The Hot Tub and the Watanobe Wall are most easily approached by parking along Park Boulevard in any of several paved pullouts adjacent to the rock and following trails to the base of your chosen crag. Approaches take from 5-10 minutes usually.

Steve Canyon can be approached from Hidden Valley CG by walking north along the west face of the Old Woman using a well-worn trail which leads directly to the mouth of Steve Canyon proper. This approach takes about 5-10 minutes depending upon which portion of Steve Canyon you plan on visiting.

Additionally, it's also quite easy to access Steve Canyon from The Outback proper by heading west along the north side of The Blob and then south past the east face of Sidewinder Rock, circling around the southern end of that formation to arrive at the mouth of Steve Canyon.

Climbing Season



Weather station 10.0 miles from here

50 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',15],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',5],['5.8',6],['5.9',3],['5.10',27],['5.11',6],['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 Steve Canyon Area:
Hoopharkz   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Steve Canyon : Grain Surgery Wall
Skinny Dip   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Super Roof   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Steve Canyon : Super Roof Wall
Amanda   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   The Hot Tub
Candelabra   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a X     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Steve Canyon : The Orc Wall
Watanobe Wall   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Watanobe Wall
Grain Surgery   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Steve Canyon : Grain Surgery Wall
Come-n-Do-Me   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Watanobe Wall
Sidewinder   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Diamondback   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
The Decompensator of Lhasa   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Steve Canyon : Grain Surgery Wall
Invisible Touch   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Jumping Jack Crack   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Let's Get Horizontal   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Steve Canyon : Super Roof Wall
Comfortably Numb   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Steve Canyon : Super Roof Wall
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Featured Route For Steve Canyon Area
Diamondback, 5.10+

Diamondback 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Approach from either Hidden Valley Campground or the Quail Springs Road by way of climber's trails leading through the desert. Start as per Sidewinder at a left-facing flake, above face past a bolt leads to an arching crack system (Sidewinder cuts left here). Pull a small roof and climb past three bolts on featured rock to gain the prominent dike. Traverse left, clip a final bolt (shared with Sidewinder) and make a long balancy traverse up and left to the top. Descent is to the climber's l...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Steve Canyon. Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: Steve Canyon. Photo by Blitzo.
Flying over Joshua Tree.  Rock climbing anyone?
Flying over Joshua Tree. Rock climbing anyone?
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Clouds building over Steve Canyon warn of weather ...
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Holly Sherwin climbs Deflowered, on the Upper East...

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By M.Morley
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From: Sacramento, CA
Jan 11, 2003
The following bolts were replaced 4/00 by the ASCA:

Super Monster Killer - All 3 bolts.

Hoopharkz - 1 bolt.