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Hidden Valley Campground 


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Elevation: 4,200'
Lat, Long: 34.0162, -116.1614 Map Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, Adam Stackhouse, M.Morley, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: M.Morley on Jun 15, 2002
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Welcome to Hidden Valley Campground - the Camp 4 of Southern California. HVCG has a high concentration of quality routes and one could potentially spend a week in The Park without ever leaving the campground. As such, the area sees more than it's fair share of traffic. A few considerations and logistics while you're here:

  • Entrance fee (currently $15) is valid for 7 days of purchase. Camping in the Park is $10/campsite/night, and is on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations). However, reservations may be made online for group campsites at Indian Cove, Sheep Pass, Cottonwood, and Black Rock Campgrounds through the NPS Reservation Center. More about camping....

  • Weekends are crowded during peak season! With its proximity to Los Angeles and San Diego, the Park draws more than 1 million visitors annually. Plan accordingly and have a backup plan if the campgrounds are full. There are numerous inexpensive motels in the nearby towns of Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and 29 Palms.

  • There are no gas stations in the Park itself. There are two gas stations in the town of Joshua Tree - a Valero on the corner of Park and Hwy 62 and at a Circle K (no diesel) which is a block to the east. Yucca Valley, 6 miles west of town on Hwy 62, has many gas stations to choose from with most having lower prices than the ones in Joshua Tree.

  • There is no running water in the Park. Come prepared with a 5-gallon or more jug if planning on staying more than a day. The last place to fill up is at the West Entrance kiosk, where you'll pay 25 cents for 5 gallons.


  • Cell phones reception is spotty, but good reception can be had at Key's View. There is an ***EMERGENCY ONLY*** phone located at the second bathroom in main loop of Hidden Valley Campground. The closest payphone is at Coyote Corner at the SE corner of Park Blvd and Hwy 62.


Getting There 

HVCG is located 14 miles SE of the Park's West Entrance along Quail Springs Road (Park Blvd).


143 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',28],['2 Stars',63],['1 Star',48],['Bomb',3]
['<=5.6',24],['5.7',11],['5.8',24],['5.9',10],['5.10',56],['5.11',15],['5.12',2],['5.13',1],['>=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 Hidden Valley Campground:
The Bong   5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   The Blob : The Blob - North Face
The Eye   5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Cyclops Rock
Mike's Books   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   Intersection Rock
Buissonier   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch   The Blob : The Blob - Southeast Face
Toe Jam   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - East Face
Overhang Bypass   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   Intersection Rock
Double Cross   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face
The Flake   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Intersection Rock
Dogleg   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face
Sexy Grandma   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face
North Overhang   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Intersection Rock
Lower Right Ski Track   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Intersection Rock
Bearded Cabbage   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - East Face
The Official Route of the 1984 Olympics   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Cyclops Rock
Hobbit Roof   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Blob : The Blob - West Face
Surface Tension   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Cyclops Rock
Left Ski Track   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   Intersection Rock
Overnight Sensation   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Cyclops Rock
Spider Line   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - East Face
Trapeze    5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Intersection Rock
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Art Liebacking thru the crux into the handcrack

Bearded Cabbage 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Old Woman - East Face
This is a fun and interesting route!Approach as for ToeJam or Judas and look up and to the right. You will see a upward and left-rising "near-horizontal flake" coming into from the far right side of the East Face slab of the Old Woman. Above this feature there is a single bolt in the relatively short and blank section of rock between the horizontal and a vertical jam crack. Only the vertical handcrack system is visible in the attached photo.To climb this route, scramble up and to the right on...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Bird and Brodie launching the Space Pod. Photo: Eric Draper
Bird and Brodie launching the Space Pod. Photo: Er...
Tarantula and lunch near Hidden Valley Campground, Joshua Tree NP
Tarantula and lunch near Hidden Valley Campground,...
Brett emerging from his long winter hibernation
Brett emerging from his long winter hibernation
Kangaroo Rat stuck in a beer bottle. You'll see this every 17 years or so.
Kangaroo Rat stuck in a beer bottle. You'll see th...
Old Woman, The Blob, and Hidden Valley Campground at night in November 2009. <br /> <br />flickr.com/thedan86
Old Woman, The Blob, and Hidden Valley Campground ...
My momentary lapse of reason on The Phallus boulder
My momentary lapse of reason on The Phallus boulde...
Sunset, as viewed from the Old Woman.
Sunset, as viewed from the Old Woman.
Sunrise @ Hidden Valley
Sunrise @ Hidden Valley
Sunset from site #2   <br /> <br /><a href='/v/hidden-valley-campground/105720573'>Hidden Valley Campground</a>
Sunset from site #2

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Hidden Valley Campground September, 2013
Hidden Valley Campground September, 2013
???, Joshua Tree NP
???, Joshua Tree NP
Space Station Sunset
Space Station Sunset
Hidden Valley
Hidden Valley
Hidden Valley from Ryan Mountain. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Hidden Valley from Ryan Mountain.
Photo by Blitzo.
Sunset at the Hidden Valley Campground
Sunset at the Hidden Valley Campground
Campsite #2
Campsite #2
Intersection rock after sunset
Intersection rock after sunset
View from the campground.
View from the campground.
View from the campground.
View from the campground.
HVC note board
HVC note board
Joshua Tree at Sunset.
Joshua Tree at Sunset.
warm summer jtree nights always make it great to sleep under the stars :)
warm summer jtree nights always make it great to s...
Cholla detail, Joshua Tree NP
Cholla detail, Joshua Tree NP
Looking Down into the Hidden Valley Campground area from the top of Intersection Rock. <a href='/v/the-old-woman/105720717'>The Old Woman</a> is the first rock in front. Photo by Tony Bubb 1/03.
Looking Down into the Hidden Valley Campground are...
Sunrise over Hidden Valley
Sunrise over Hidden Valley
Hidden Valley Campground, 1982.
Hidden Valley Campground, 1982.
Saddle Rocks from Hidden Valley CG, Joshua Tree NP
Saddle Rocks from Hidden Valley CG, Joshua Tree NP
The end of another great day, Joshua Tree NP
The end of another great day, Joshua Tree NP
Beauty In Hidden Valley
Beauty In Hidden Valley
To the campground residents, a styrofoam cooler is a call for a party...crows, jays, squirrels etc all teamed up to rip this apart and emptied it's tortillas, chocolate and shrimp etc in about a 1/2 hour...
To the campground residents, a styrofoam cooler is...
Interesting clouds in Hidden Valley CG, Joshua Tree NP
Interesting clouds in Hidden Valley CG, Joshua Tre...
Finding afternoon shade in HVCG during a spicy summer day.
Finding afternoon shade in HVCG during a spicy sum...
Climbers atop the route The Bong
Climbers atop the route The Bong
Hidden Valley Campground from the "Old Woman"
Hidden Valley Campground from the "Old Woman"
Hidden Valley Campground from Cyclops
Hidden Valley Campground from Cyclops
Spectacular day
Spectacular day
Hidden Valley Pannoramic
Hidden Valley Pannoramic
Left Ski Track
Left Ski Track
j-tree
j-tree
Climber on Toe Jam
Climber on Toe Jam
Watching the Sunset after another full day of climbing at J-tree.
Watching the Sunset after another full day of clim...
Hidden Valley campground from the Eye on Cyclops. 11-27-10
Hidden Valley campground from the Eye on Cyclops. ...
View from the campground.
View from the campground.
One of the many hidden valley natives
One of the many hidden valley natives
typical j-tree beauty.
typical j-tree beauty.
Another gorgeous sunrise at HVCG
Another gorgeous sunrise at HVCG
Double Cross
Double Cross
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