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The Outback 


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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0208, -116.1659 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

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.

Some of the many classics here include- Super Roof (5.9+) and Sidewinder (5.10b), Hot Rocks (5.11b), Grain Surgery (5.10a), Apartheid (5.12a), Jugline (5.11c), Rollerball (5.10b), and Blood of Christ (5.12a).

Additionally good bouldering is scattered throughout the area as are some local curiosities like The Hobbit Hole and The Iron Door Cave.


Getting There 

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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130 Total Routes


['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',22],['2 Stars',51],['1 Star',48],['Bomb',5]
['<=5.6',10],['5.7',12],['5.8',11],['5.9',14],['5.10',48],['5.11',21],['5.12',12],['5.13',2],['>=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 The Outback:
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
Looney Tunes   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Rock Hudson
Amanda   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Steve Canyon Area : The Hot Tub
Watanobe Wall   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Steve Canyon Area : Watanobe Wall
Grain Surgery   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Steve Canyon : Grain Surgery Wall
Rollerball   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Rollerball Formation
Come-n-Do-Me   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Steve Canyon Area : Watanobe Wall
Sidewinder   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
A Woman's Work is Never Done   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Labor Dome
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
Jumping Jack Crack   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Steve Canyon : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Rollercoaster   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Rollerball Formation
Hot Rocks   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Rock Hudson
Jugline   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Patagonia Pile : Patagonia Pile - East Face
Wet T-Shirt Night   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Patagonia Pile : Patagonia Pile - East Face
Apartheid   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Peyote Cracks Formation : Peyote Cracks Formation - E...
Stand and Deliver (aka Spanish Bombs)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Rock Hudson
Baby Apes   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Peyote Cracks Formation : Peyote Cracks Formation - E...
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Featured Route For The Outback
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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This arching joshua tree used to stand near the Peyote Cracks in the 1970s. <br />It is now gone. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
This arching joshua tree used to stand near the Pe...
Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) in bloom, Joshua Tree NP
Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) in bloom, Joshua Tr...
<a href='/v/the-heap/105721575'>The Heap</a>
BETA PHOTO: The Heap
The Outback
The Outback
In the Outback. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
In the Outback.
Photo by Blitzo.
Headed In to the Outback.
Headed In to the Outback.
Cool clouds in the Outback, Joshua Tree NP
Cool clouds in the Outback, Joshua Tree NP
Checker Fiddleneck (Amsinckia tessellata) in the Outback, Joshua Tree NP  <br />
Checker Fiddleneck (Amsinckia tessellata) in the O...
Mt. Dutzi, Joshua Tree NP
Mt. Dutzi, Joshua Tree NP
<a href='/v/wall-of-biblical-fallacies/105816511'>Wall of Biblical Fallacies</a>
Climbing on Watanobe Wall
Climbing on Watanobe Wall
Dutzi Rock, Joshua Tree NP
Dutzi Rock, Joshua Tree NP
An interesting Joshua Tree hiding somewhere in the Outback, Joshua Tree NP
An interesting Joshua Tree hiding somewhere in the...
spring is here
spring is here
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