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Arid Piles from the north.
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The Arid Piles is a relatively large formation located at the southern end of the Lost Horse area and west of The Real Hidden Valley. Most of the routes were established in the 80's in bold style by an assortment of talented climbers including J. Bachar, A. Bartlett, C. Cole, M. Cranor, D. Evans, T. Gilje, M. Gingery, T. Gordon, D. Hensel, V. Kodas, M. Lechlinski, D. Nakahira, A. Nelson, R. Raffa, R. Raker, R. Vogel, J. Woodward, J. Yablonski, & T. Yaniro. Two classics in the area are 29 Palms (5.11d), a stemming and palming testpiece and The Acid Crack (5.12d), an overhanging thin crack.

Getting There 

This area is easy to access from The Real Hidden Valley parking lot. Walk west past the Houser Buttress, Zombie Woof Rock, and Miles of Piles Rock on a climber's access trail to The southern end of the Lost Horse area.

16 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Arid Piles:
Edge of Doom   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Arid Piles - Northwest Face
29 Palms   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Arid Piles - Northwest Face
The Acid Crack   5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Arid Piles - Southwest Face
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Colin Lantz leading Acid Crack 1985.

The Acid Crack 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Arid Piles - Southwest Face
This not often done Josh testpiece climbs an overhanging thin fingers crack. This classic is located about halfway between Popeye on the right and Edge of Doom on the left, on the southeast end of Arid Piles. It sits atop the formation, so a bit of scrambling from the desert floor gets one to the base....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Natural arch near the Arid Piles, JTNP.
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