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The Underground  

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Elevation: 5,000'
Location: 34.0608, -116.1106 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Anson on Apr 24, 2008
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Holds on top get pretty thin.
The agave like point...

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The Underground is completely different rock from the rest of the park. Smooth! Edgy! Patina! A high density of really cool problems at 5000ft(ish?) altitude in the pines.

Getting There 

About a 2.5 mile hike from the queen mountain pullout. up 1000ft, left to the watchtower formation, then back over some cliff bands and up some scramblin.. umm.. this part is going to need some revision. but there are lots of cairns..

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.0 miles from here

6 Total Routes

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

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V1 Boulder. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
V1 Boulder.
Photo by Blitzo.
The approach took our group two hours+ to get there. It ain't no walk in the park either. <br />Well worth it though.
The approach took our group two hours+ to get ther...
Kilroy Was Here area. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Kilroy Was Here area.
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40 Degree Wall. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
40 Degree Wall.
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Krainium Bloc. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Krainium Bloc.
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BFE. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Photo by Blitzo.
V1 Boulder. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
V1 Boulder.
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Krainium Bloc. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Krainium Bloc.
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Presence. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Photo by Blitzo.

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By Brian Overley
From: San Juan Capistrano, CA
Apr 21, 2009
Follow the cairns.
Our group tried to add some more. Ten minutes past the watchtower, the cairns took us in a circle, but we pushed in and got there 2+ hrs later.
Start early, a GPS could help, but it's a fairly long approach for Joshua Tree Standards.
By Blitzo
Mar 10, 2011
The approach is easy and straight forward.
From Queen Mountain parking lot, follow the old road to it's end at the base of the mountain. Here two cairns mark the trail along the base, through The Wastelands and up hill to The Crique of the Climbables. Continue past The Cirque to a plateau. Head left (west) here on a trail marked with carins for about 300 yards to The Watchtower. From here continue NW along a path marked with carins. This will bring you up over the ridge to where Walt's Rocks come into view. Carins mark the way as the trail winds down into the basin and eventually across to below Upper Walt's Rocks. This point is to the right of Lower Walt's Rocks. A third class gully rises above, also marked by carins. Ascend this to a plateau below the upper rocks, head left (NW) and The Three Towers area will be reached after a couple hundred yards.
By tanner jones
Jan 22, 2014
the joshua tree bouldering guidebook does a good job of describing the approach. there is a nice picture in "the wastelands" area to get you up to the watchtower boulder, and from there another good picture found in "the underground" section will take you to the boulders.

having said that, in my humble opinion i thought this area was over-hyped. the rock is pretty good but by bishop standards a lot of it is choss and there frankly wasn't enough to warrant the hike up there. and i actually like hiking, so that's saying something.