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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.01879, -116.16653 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on Dec 27, 2009

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"Grand Theft Avacado". Photo by Blitzo.


Guarding the mouth of Steve Canyon and facing Sidewinder Rock - West Face is this east-facing wall with half a dozen routes from 5.7 to 5.11b with most 5.10 and easier. The usual descent is via a 60' rappel from bolts atop Candelabra.

The Orc (5.10a), Candelabra (5.10 R/X) and The Troll (5.11b/c) are popular here.

Routes from left to right:

Grand Theft Avocado (5.7)
Candelabra (5.10 R/X)
The Orc (5.10a)
Orc Sighs (5.10c)
The Troll (5.11b/c)

Getting There 

Two approaches for getting to the mouth of Steve Canyon are as follows:

Approach 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.

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.

Climbing Season

For the Steve Canyon area.

Weather station 10.0 miles from here

4 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Orc Wall:
Candelabra   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a X     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
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The Orc 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Orc Wall
This decent climb is on the south end of the east face of the west wall of Steve Canyon.Enter the Canyon from the south and look left to a "niche" with a nice flat belay trapped up against the rock on the left, perhaps 12M north (past) the hanging flake of 'Caldelabra.' Rising from this belay is a slightly flaring crack with surprisingly good locks and jams. As the crack reaches a bulge, start using a second crack to the left and eventually transistion to that one entirely. This route can sew u...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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