Great views are common in the Desert Queen Mine ar...
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)
(5.11b) 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
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.
Weather station 7.8 miles from here
44 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',22],['Bomb',1]
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Featured Route For Desert Queen Mine
Tiers for Fears 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Fraggle Rock
This excellent three-tiered hand crack in found in the center of the west face of Fraggle Rock and is well worth the (somewhat) lengthy approach. The climb finishes directly via some run-out face climbing but a better protected "escape" (5.10b) can be made by cutting right at an obvious break. Fun, well-protected climbing in an area that is seldom visited by others is a bonus to this route as are the many other worthwhile climbs nearby.When visiting please be sure to leave the area as nice as yo...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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