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Vagmarken Hill

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Vagmarken Hill 


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Elevation: 4,300'
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Submitted By: C Miller on Feb 6, 2005
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Left Buttress.
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Description 

Vagmarken Hill is the large rocky hillside on the east side of the road between The Negropolis and Quail Springs Picnic Area (Trashcan Rock). Routes are scattered all over the hillside, with most involving quick and easy approaches that get one up above the desert floor and provide a bird's eye view of the surrounding desert.

The left side of the hill hosts the Intimidator Rocks, where you'll find a couple of short bolted routes - Just Stop It (5.10b) and Bold Is A Four Letter Word (5.10a). Right of this is a large section of rock with Vagmarken Buttress (5.7), the original route on the hillside and an enjoyable route at the grade. Still further right is another large mass of rock with two distinct white dikes - James Brown's Celebrity Hot Tub Party (5.10b) worth doing if only for the name and the Right-Handed Dyke (5.10a). Finally on the extreme right margin of the hillside is The Place Where Sheep Sleep, which has several good sport routes including Were Sheep Here First (5.10d) and Where Sheep Sleep (5.12a).

The west-facing aspect of the hillside makes this a good place to find shade in the morning and some sun in the afternoon, although it is fully exposed to the occasional winds. Whether heading in or out of the Park, the short approach times make this an area to check out and enjoy.


Getting There 

This is the large rocky hillside 4.9 miles from the Park entrance on the left (east) side of the road. Alternately, it lies 4.0 miles from Hidden Valley Campground if coming from that direction. Several pullouts exist along the road - find the one closest to the portion of the hillside you'll be visiting to cut down on the approach time.

Trails lead across the desert to the base of the hillside, but once on the hillside proper you'll be travelling over rough terrain with the possibility of some scrambling. Approach times vary from 5 to 15 minutes typically.


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28 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Vagmarken Hill:
Wind Tower   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Vagmarken Buttress Left
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Looking up Caw Caw (5.6) on the right, Thin Spin on the left.

Caw Caw 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Vagmarken Buttress Right
This route is about 10 feet to the right of Thin Spin and is well worth doing if you're in the area. Start by climbing up a trough and come out on the slab. It's a little bit before you can get some pro in without worrying about rope drag. After that, there's a continuous crack (with others around) that goes up through the roof above. Good roof move and then follow the crack up and left above a bush. The exit has a bit of loose rock to watch out for.There's a crack above 20 feet back that y...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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The Place Where Sheep Sleep, Joshua Tree NP
The Place Where Sheep Sleep, Joshua Tree NP
A slightly closer look at Vagmarken Hill
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Spring wildflowers near Vagmarken Hill, Joshua Tree NP
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Intimidator Rocks. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Intimidator Rocks.
Photo by Blitzo.
Vagmarken Hillside, Joshua Tree NP
BETA PHOTO: Vagmarken Hillside, Joshua Tree NP
Clinbing at Vagmarken. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: Clinbing at Vagmarken.
Photo by Blitzo.
Wrong Buttress. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Wrong Buttress.
Photo by Blitzo.
Vagmarken Hillside in Spring, Joshua Tree NP
Vagmarken Hillside in Spring, Joshua Tree NP
Vagmarken Hill
Vagmarken Hill
Somewhere on Vagmarken. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Somewhere on Vagmarken.
Photo by Blitzo.
The Snowman near the Vagmarken Hill, Joshua Tree NP
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By Bo Johnston
Feb 26, 2005

FYI...Vagmarken means "Roadsigns" in Swedish. Amazing, eh?

By C Miller
Administrator
Feb 28, 2005

Cool info, thanks for enlightening us!