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Steve Canyon  


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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.019, -116.1666 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Going skinny dipping.

Description 

Steve Canyon is formed by a series of rocks that are oriented in a north-south direction; numerous routes exist on both the east and west sides of the formation inside the canyon proper as well as on the outer faces of the canyon.

From the mouth of the canyon inwards are the following:

Left Side (E. Facing)

The Orc Wall
Tennis Shoe Block
Super Roof Wall

Right side (W. Facing)

Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Grain Surgery Wall
Mud Wrestling Wall

Popular amongst those in the know, this can be a good place to escape the winds and even soak up the sun depending upon the time of day. A good balance of crack and face climbs exist here from 5.4 to 5.12b meaning something for just about everybody.

Some of the better routes here include Skinny Dip (5.7 R), Super Roof (5.9), Grain Surgery (5.10b), Sidewinder (5.10b), The Decompensator of Lhasa (5.10c), Diamondback (5.10c) and Jumping Jack Crack (5.11a).

Getting There 

Two of the popular approaches for getting into Steve Canyon are as follows:

Hidden Valley CG Approach - Starting from the large lot at Hidden Valley Campgound walk 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.

Park Boulevard Approach - Park in one of several paved turnouts along Park Blvd. a short distance to the north of the turn into the Hidden Valley CG parking lot and follow a marked trail east to the mouth of Steve Canyon. The west face of Sidewinder Rock and it's distinctive slanting dike system is a good landmark. This approach takes about 5-10 minutes depending upon which portion of Steve Canyon you plan on visiting.

It's also quite easy to access this area 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

27 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',3],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',14],['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:
Hoopharkz   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Grain Surgery Wall
Skinny Dip   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Super Roof   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Super Roof Wall
Candelabra   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a X     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   The Orc Wall
Grain Surgery   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Grain Surgery Wall
Sidewinder   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Diamondback   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Sidewinder Rock - West Face
The Decompensator of Lhasa   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Grain Surgery Wall
Invisible Touch   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Jumping Jack Crack   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Let's Get Horizontal   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Super Roof Wall
Comfortably Numb   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Super Roof Wall
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Featured Route For Steve Canyon
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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"Sidewinder". Photo by Blitzo.
"Sidewinder". Photo by Blitzo.
Climbers on Sidewinder (5.10b), Joshua Tree NP
Climbers on Sidewinder (5.10b), Joshua Tree NP

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