Many excellent formations are to be found in this extensive area that generally has short easy approaches. Many classics are found in this area that's not far from the campground but feels like it is. Cracks, faces, mixed routes and even some sport climbs are here.
The Outback is the large collection of formations that are found to the north of Hidden Valley Campground. They extend from near the Quail Springs Road (Steve Canyon) east towards Echo Cove (Peyote Cracks wall) and north to Dutzi Rock. Approaches vary but most are made via Hidden Valley Campground as this typically affords the shortest walk.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Outback:
Sidewinder 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 70' Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
The Decompensator of Lhasa 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 70' Steve Canyon : Grain Surgery Wall
Jumping Jack Crack 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 80' Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
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Hot Rocks 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Rock Hudson
Hot Rocks is the masterpiece of this wall and climbs a line just right of center identified as a seam that higher widens and forms a crack. Just left of this route is the thin and technical Stand and Deliver (aka Spanish Bombs) while further left is the widening crack of Looney Tunes. There are two starts to the climb - 1) climb the seam directly with no protection, or 2) climb past a bolt just right of the seam. Either way thin and delicate slab moves gain a stance where you can get some gear in. From here ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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