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This aptly named wall lies in a narrow corridor facing the southern end of the west face of The Sentinel. It is about 70 feet high and overhangs slightly. Five established routes are known: the justifiably popular Bikini Whale (5.12a/b), the rarely done variations to Bikini Whale: Railer (5.12c) and Bikini Beach (5.12b), Scott Cosgrove's unrepeated G-String (5.13d) and Against The Grain (5.10a) face and crack.

Getting There 

The Hidden Cliff can be approached from either end of the Sentinel, but the easiest way to reach it is to walk on the Real Hidden Valley Nature Trail north just past the east face of The Sentinel and head around its north end (just before reaching the Thin Wall). A well established trail takes you back south below the Sentinel's west face into a narrow tree filled corridor. The wall on your right is the Hidden Cliff. A Class 5 ramp at the very end of the corridor gives access to the top of the rock.

5 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Hidden Cliff:
Bikini Whale   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Bikini Whale

Bikini Whale 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Hidden Cliff
This justifiably popular climb lies about 25 feet from the very end of the narrow corridor on the right. It and Railer, Bikini Beach, and G-String all start at the same spot (and share the 1st 2 bolts).This 5 bolt, overhanging face route heads straight up face and seam. Many shorter climbers will want to stick-clip the 1st bolt as the move getting to it is a bit reachy. The powerful "lock-off" crux is past the 1st bolt, though the pump factor makes the moves past the last (5th) bolt seem pretty ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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