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Geology Tour Road

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Geology Tour Road Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 33.9718, -116.08 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 Feb 17, 2006
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Description 

The Geology Tour Road is an 18 mile dirt road loop which winds it's ways through the southern end of Queen Valley and the western end of Pleasant Valley where numerous rock formations can be found on either side of the Road. Popular areas include the Virgin Isles, East Virgin Isles, The Lost Pencil and Jerry's Quarry.

The unpaved, but occasionally graded, Geology Tour Road is a fairly good dirt road with lots of washboards and ruts in the first few miles and then a fair bit of soft sand after that. While having a 4WD vehicle is not a necessity it is advisable to have a vechicle with a bit of clearance and one that you feel comfortable driving over the odd rough spot. Be aware that some of the parking spots have a fair bit of soft sand which can spell trouble for those without 4WD, especially if trying to turn around in it. Better to keep the vehicle pointed downhill and drive the extra bit to Squaw Tank where a good turnaroud exists.

Getting There 

The turnoff for the Geology Tour Road is located in the center of the Queen Valley and across the road from the turnoff for the Desert Queen Mine Area. See the individual crags for more detailed approach information.

Climbing Season



Weather station 11.3 miles from here

178 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',19],['2 Stars',58],['1 Star',93],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',31],['5.7',13],['5.8',17],['5.9',24],['5.10',58],['5.11',26],['5.12',7],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Geology Tour Road

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Geology Tour Road:
Trench Connection   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Towers of Uncertainty : Crow's Nest
But Fear Itself   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Towers of Uncertainty : Lava Dome
Mauna Loa   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Towers of Uncertainty : Lava Dome
Lechlinski Cracks   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Virgin Islands Area : Lechlinski Crack Formation
Sexy Bolt   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Jerry's Quarry and Lost Pen... : Lost Pencil
Peter Meter   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Virgin Islands Area : Little Europe
Between a Rock and a Hard Place   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Virgin Islands Area : Star Wars Rock
Light Sabre   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Virgin Islands Area : Star Wars Rock
Waugh Crack   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Virgin Islands Area : Lechlinski Crack Formation
Centurion   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   Diamond Clump : Centurion
Cedric's Deep Sea Fish Market   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Virgin Islands Area : Star Wars Rock
Perpetual Motion   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Virgin Islands Area : Perpetual Motion Wall
Mauna Kea   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Towers of Uncertainty : Lava Dome
Hot Flashes   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Towers of Uncertainty : Lava Dome
Elephant Walk   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Jerry's Quarry and Lost Pen... : Jerry's Quarry
Walking on the Moon   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Virgin Islands Area : Star Wars Rock
Equinox   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Jerry's Quarry and Lost Pen... : Jerry's Quarry
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Featured Route For Geology Tour Road
Rock Climbing Photo: Contemplating the crux on Light Sabre.

Light Sabre 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Star Wars Rock
Light Sabre is one of the finest cracks for it's grade in Joshua Tree. It is long, sustained, continuous, and it will consume as much gear as you can throw at it. On the south side of Star Wars Rock are several right-slanting cracks. Light Sabre is the rightmost, with a small right-facing corner for the first half, a bulge, then a straight-in crack for the top. You can't walk by without being drawn in by its siren song. Expect a variety of jams, from locker fingers to off-hands, and a good s...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Brandi sticking the crux on Slashface. Photo: R.Mi...
Brandi sticking the crux on Slashface. Photo: R.Mi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Joshua Trees and clouds-Geology Tour Road. Photo b...
Joshua Trees and clouds-Geology Tour Road. Photo b...
Rock Climbing Photo: Time to leave the stem and crank.
Time to leave the stem and crank.
Rock Climbing Photo: Geology Tour Road view, Joshua Tree NP
Geology Tour Road view, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Mining relics along Fried Liver Wash, Joshua Tree ...
Mining relics along Fried Liver Wash, Joshua Tree ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Virgin Isles from the GeoTour Road, Joshua Tree NP
Virgin Isles from the GeoTour Road, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Afternoon clouds along the  Geology Tour Road, Jos...
Afternoon clouds along the Geology Tour Road, Jos...
Rock Climbing Photo: Joshua Tree and clouds along the Geology Tour Road...
Joshua Tree and clouds along the Geology Tour Road...
Rock Climbing Photo: Geology Tour Road scenery, Joshua Tree NP
Geology Tour Road scenery, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Malapais Hill, Joshua Tree NP
Malapais Hill, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: A western diamondback rattlesnake heading down the...
A western diamondback rattlesnake heading down the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Towers of Uncertainty
BETA PHOTO: Towers of Uncertainty
Rock Climbing Photo: Sweet Pile of Rocks
BETA PHOTO: Sweet Pile of Rocks
Rock Climbing Photo: Jerry's Quarry Area. Photo by Blitzo.
Jerry's Quarry Area. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Roadside sign at the mouth of Berdoo Canyon, Joshu...
Roadside sign at the mouth of Berdoo Canyon, Joshu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Geology Tour Road from the south, Joshua Tree NP
Geology Tour Road from the south, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Along the Geology Road, 2001 or so.
Along the Geology Road, 2001 or so.
Rock Climbing Photo: Geology Tour Road near Squaw Tank, Joshua Tree NP
Geology Tour Road near Squaw Tank, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Same pile of rocks, Geology Road in 2001 or so.
Same pile of rocks, Geology Road in 2001 or so.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sun and shadow along the  Geology Tour Road, Joshu...
Sun and shadow along the Geology Tour Road, Joshu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Geology Tour Road after a storm, Joshua Tree NP
Geology Tour Road after a storm, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Geology Tour Road, Joshua Tree NP
Geology Tour Road, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Geology Tour Road scenery, Joshua Tree NP
Geology Tour Road scenery, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Murf in the clean corner of Plastic Lizard. Copyri...
Murf in the clean corner of Plastic Lizard. Copyri...

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