|Valley of the Moon
A miniature version of Joshua Tree right at the border between San Diego and Imperial Counties. Also on the border of Mexico! Higher elevation keeps this area slightly cooler than close-by desert areas. A mix of sport and trad routes with an emphasis on sport. See Dave Kennedy's guide for more detailed information.
Requires 4WD vehicle. 8 east, exit In-Ko-Pah Park Rd. Two qick rights gets you going West on the 80 for about 100 yards where you enter the dirt road on the south side of the road. Head leftish on this to end up heading south east. The road number is 155. Through some hills for 2+ miles and park at a turn - around. Do not drive into the areas posted as wilderness. Continue hiking down the road for ~1/2 hour to formations reminiscent of Joshua Tree.
20 Total Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
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Formation on which the Headbanger Wall resides.
Evening light, Valley of the Moon
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It goes from face to hands to wide to fingers.
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Matt @ VOM - the poor man's Jtree
Valley of the Moon
one of the great sport routes at VOM
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Lots of rock, Valley of the Moon
Uncannily Josh-like piles at VotM
|Comments on Valley of the Moon
|By Tyler Bowser|
From: Red River
Aug 25, 2007
My wife and I went on a scouting trip to VOM Aug 24th. We didnt take gear because we thought it would be too hot. It actually was quite nice and climbable in the shade and in the evening.
There must have been a recent fire that had burned 99% of the foliage around all the best climbing including the patina. Too bad, what a beautiful remote place this is.
Tyler and April
From: Tucson, AZ
Feb 14, 2011
Awesome place, with some nice routes, hopefully someone has a good topo with the names of the routes, because I have no idea what routes I am climbing. I do know where tech-9 is but and I would rate it a 5.8.. I lead the route that is two over to the left from tech-9 the crux is between the 3rd and 4th bolt. Does anyone know this routes name and what it is rated at?
From: Tucson, AZ
Apr 6, 2011
Really tech-9 5.10a? No way! its at most a 5.9...
Should be going out there again, found a couple long routes on headbanger wall, looks like fun. Does anybody know the names of these routes, I saw at least 3 maybe 4.
|By Eric T.|
From: St. Augustine, Florida
Aug 22, 2011
Just got back from a couple days in VOM...super rad! Amazing how similar it is to Josh, but in the middle of nowhere. Talked to a couple Border Patrol agents who said that VOM is one of the most popular spots for crossings and human trafficking.