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Desert Queen Mine  


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Elevation: 4,400'
Location: 34.02196, -116.06769 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Apr 4, 2003
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Description 

Located north of the Queen Valley Road, somewhat midway between Jumbo Rocks and Sheep Pass CG, is this fairly accessible area with a remote and somewhat wild feel. Depending upon your motivation or proclivity you might climb close to the car, or venture out into one of the Park's lesser-visited areas and possibly discover some relics from the area's rich mining past. This is an area to visit if seeking solitude and quality engaging routes, of which there are many.

Those seeking cracks will be rewarded with such gems as Tiers for Fears (5.10b), The Goldigger (5.10c), Petrodynamics (aka Gigantor) (5.10d), Silverado (5.11b) and Nerve Storm (5.11c). Face climbing enthusiasts will want to do Once in a Lifetime (5.7), Get the Balance Right (5.10a) Times of Holyness (5.11c), I Have The Touch (5.12b) and Cosmic Trigger (5.12d).


Getting There 

Driving east from Sheep Pass CG, there is a right turn towards the signed Geology Tour Road; more or less directly across from this is the dirt road to the Desert Queen Mine area. Drive the dirt road, staying right when necessary, to a parking area one and a quarter miles from the paved Queen Valley Road. The trail to the various rocks lies at the east end of the parking area and winds downhill to the base of a large hillside with several sealed mineshafts. Climbing back up to a large plateau behind the mineshafts leads to a rough landscape of valleys and hills with scattered rock formations. Scattered throughout this landscape are many enticing routes. Plan on thirty to forty-five minutes to Fraggle Rock, the furthest crag from the parking area.


Climbing Season



Weather station 7.8 miles from here

44 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',22],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',4],['5.8',4],['5.9',4],['5.10',22],['5.11',5],['5.12',4],['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 Desert Queen Mine:
Petrodynamics (aka Gigantor)   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Fraggle Rock
Tiers for Fears   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Fraggle Rock
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David Harper high stepping his way past the crux.

Hollowed Ground 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Queen Crimson Dome
Located on a north west face on the right side of the Queen Crimson group. Third class up to the base of the route from the right. A balancy move is required to clip the first bolt. The slabby crux comes soon afterward. After that, it's edges and flakes to the top. Some of the bigger features are loose and hollow, but this is a well protected, fun, sport climb in Josh....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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San Jacinto as seen from Queen Valley. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
San Jacinto as seen from Queen Valley.
Photo by Bl...
Desert Queen Mine showing the Gold Dust area (lower right), and The Towers (upper left), Joshua Tree NP
BETA PHOTO: Desert Queen Mine showing the Gold Dust area (lowe...
On the road to Desert Queen Mine, Joshua Tree NP
On the road to Desert Queen Mine, Joshua Tree NP
Desert Queen Mine area. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Queen Mine area.
Photo by Blitzo.
Historical graffiti in the wash below Desert Queen Mine, Joshua Tree NP
Historical graffiti in the wash below Desert Queen...
View towards the Wonderland from the road into Desert Queen Mine
View towards the Wonderland from the road into Des...
One of the many closed adits in the area, Joshua Tree NP
One of the many closed adits in the area, Joshua T...
Odd things in the desert...
Odd things in the desert...
Rico stepping right.
Rico stepping right.
<a href='/v/mother-lode-wall/105835856'>Mother Lode Wall</a>
BETA PHOTO: Mother Lode Wall
Desert Queen Mine info sign, Joshua Tree NP
Desert Queen Mine info sign, Joshua Tree NP
Mining relics near the Desert Queen Mine, Joshua Tree NP
Mining relics near the Desert Queen Mine, Joshua T...
<a href='/v/scary-tree-pinnacles/106424779'>Scary Tree Pinnacles</a>
BETA PHOTO: Scary Tree Pinnacles
The wash below Desert Queen Mine, Joshua Tree NP
The wash below Desert Queen Mine, Joshua Tree NP
One of the many mines in the area.  This one is very very deep.
One of the many mines in the area. This one is ve...
Miner's cabin ruin near the DQM parking area, Joshua Tree NP
Miner's cabin ruin near the DQM parking area, Josh...
<a href='/v/the-gold-nuggets/106046754'>The Gold Nuggets</a>.  Note hikers in the lower portion for scale.
BETA PHOTO: The Gold Nuggets. Note hikers in the lower portion f...
Interesting rock formation abound near the DQM, Joshua Tree NP
Interesting rock formation abound near the DQM, Jo...

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