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Description 

It is safe to say that every climber who has set foot in the pristine wilderness of Queen Mtn. would agree that the area comprising Walt's Rocks features some of the very best crack, face, and mixed pro climbs in Joshua Tree. With more than 20 multi-star routes to choose from at Walt's Rocks alone, Queen Mtn. beckons the adventurous climber for multiple encounters.


Getting There 

An excellent description to access the parking area near the southern portion of Queen Mtn. is given in Randy's guide book. From the parking lot, follow the dirt road toward the large mountainous area. Where the dirt road ends, a trail veers in an easterly direction to a steep north / south running gully. Follow the trail up the gully until a plateau is reached. The Pearls are visible to the north and Cirque of the Climbables are east and below the plateau. Veer northwest until you reach a crest where Walt's Rocks will be visible on a ridge to the north. Follow a well marked trail with cairns over rocky terrain to a large east to west running drainage. Upper Walt's Rocks are on the eastern end of the area and Lower Walt's Rocks are located towards the west end. Allow 45 minutes to an hour from the car.


14 Total Routes


['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',2],['5.11',9],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=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 Walt's Rocks:
At Your Pleasure   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Upper Walt's Rocks
Perfect Fingers   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 115'   Lower Walt's Rocks
Where Were You?   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Upper Walt's Rocks
Upper Mojave   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Upper Walt's Rocks
Crack Queen   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Upper Walt's Rocks
White Rain   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Upper Walt's Rocks
Mojave Queen   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   Upper Walt's Rocks
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Featured Route For Walt's Rocks
Ben on perfect fingers

Perfect Fingers 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Lower Walt's Rocks
Thin crack start first 40 ft (thin cams,nuts) opens to perfect fingers then hands in a slot, a few layback moves to the top. Two cruxes, one in the beginning (thin and balancy) another one in the slot/flare near the top. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Looking back toward Walt's Rocks
Looking back toward Walt's Rocks
Upper Walt's Rocks near the end of the approach.
Upper Walt's Rocks near the end of the approach.
Heading back over the saddle after leaving Walt's Rocks
Heading back over the saddle after leaving Walt's ...
Lower Walt's Rocks. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Lower Walt's Rocks.
Photo by Blitzo.
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By Scotty Nelson
From: Boulder
Mar 5, 2008

Went to this area last weekend -- got a little lost and it took 2+ hours to get there (with the bushwacking). I think 45 mins is pretty optimistic.

By Randy
Mar 7, 2008

Realistically, allow about 1.5 hours to reach the crag. If you have been here before, have the approach dialed and are fit, you could certainly do it faster. It is about 2.1 miles from the car to the base of Walt's Rocks over sometimes rough terrain.

If you get off route, you could easily take longer.

By Dan G0D5H411
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 7, 2011

Somehow we managed to nail the correct trail first go, but even so, it still took us 1:45 minutes to get to Lower Walts. A couple things to watch for on your way in:

1) The approach gully is pretty obvious from the road you walk in on. When you near the top of the gully and right before you actually crest the top of the ridge, there will be two large cairns sitting ~7ft apart from each other. Take a SHARP left here even though the trail is not very obvious. If you were to continue going straight, you may be suckered by other cairns and views of large chunks of rock to the northeast. I have no idea what they are, but they are the wrong direction. Once you have made the sharp left, continue towards a small hill (which you will skirt on the left), picking up a good trail with cairns that crest a second ridge. From this ridge you can easily see Walts.
2) After the second ridge crest, on the way into the valley in front of Walts, be sure to stay on the well-traveled, well-cairned trail that dips into the valley and back up to Walts. We tried not to lose elevation in the valley by heading right along the hillside, following the occasional faint trail or cairn but the extra bushwacking time was not worth it.
3) The climbs here are worth the hike!

By Tradoholic
Feb 3, 2013

The trail is well established at this point and well cairned but your eyes peeled for important intersections.

By Phil Esra
Feb 4, 2013

In hindsight, Dan's point #1 above is extremely important (and well explained). If you miss this turn, you will happily continue on a well-traveled, frequently cairned trail that takes you out of your way. Miramontes has a good picture in his bouldering book (probably in his roped climb book too).

Took us 3 hours going in "the long way" with bonus scrambling, and less than 2 hours at a leisurely pace in the dark on the way out.