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This spectacular valley lies deep in the northern Wonderland of Rocks. It lies south of Rattlesnake Canyon and east of Lemon & Lime Domes. Routes are up to 200 feet or more in length, though most are about 100 feet long. There are 5 formations with established routes: The Helmet, The Lynch Crag, The Trad Crag, The Arrowhead, and The Corrugated Wall Climbers made tentative explorations into this area at least 25 years ago and later a few easier multipitch routes were established on The Trad Crag, However, no serous development occurred until the early 1990s.
This valley is best approached from Indian Cove (though it can be approached from Willow Hole, by passing down (east) the rocky gully between Lemon and Lime Domes). From the Rattlesnake Canyon Picnic Area, head up the Rattlesnake Canyon wash for about 400 yards; where the wash makes a sharp left turn (this is where you head right to reach the Corral Wall), the terrain become more jumbled; stay right of the wash/rocky stream on slabs until you head up through a notch; above drop back into the main wash. Follow the wash as it turns right (west)and levels and continue west for several hundred yards; past The Pyramid and Commissioner's Buttress.
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The Last Stand 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Arrowhead
This fine face route lies on the outside face of the Arrowhead flake. Begin on the right side of the face where a thin seam/crack heads up the face to about 1/2 height. Climb the face and seam/crack past 5 bolts (10c/d), move left and up on ultra thin face past the 6th bolt (12a) which leads to easier (10+/11-) but sustained climbing to a 2 bolt anchor (also used by Firewater Chimney). 90 foot lower/off and/or rappel. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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