Intersection Rock lies at the crossroads of Quail Springs Road and Hidden Valley Campground. Note that the road has been re-routed to the south side of the formation, which has led to some confusion with first-time visitors trying to mesh guidebook descriptions to locate the routes.
Tony Bubb: "On Intersection Rock, there are three main cracks running diagonally up and left from the base. These are visible from the North side (from the Hidden Valley Campground) and are called, from right to left, Right Ski Track (Upper
), Left Ski Track
, and Half Track
These are plainly visible in the attached photograph."
At 5.3, Upper Right Ski Track
is a rare starred beginner route.
In the 5.6 - 5.8 range, Mike's Books
is a fun 2-pitch route (2nd pitch a bit wide). Overhang Bypass
(5.7) is a fantastic variation to North Overhang
(5.9) - both classics. The Flake
(5.8) is another must do. Lower Right Ski Track
(5.10b) and Left Ski Track
(5.11a) will help to keep your ego in check.
If driving from the Park's West Entrance, park at the newly constructed parking area at Hidden Valley Campground. All routes are easily accessed from here.
Weather station 10.1 miles from here
29 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',1]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Intersection Rock:
The Flake 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Half Track 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Water Chute 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
R Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Billabong 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Shana Grant 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Trapeze 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Huevos 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Featured Route For Intersection Rock
Trapeze 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Intersection Rock
Starts 30 or so feet to the left of Lower Right Ski Track. A step-off move from a boulder (bolt protected) starts the climb, followed by a beguiling, 5.11 face balance crux. There is a runout mantle and 5.9 moves to reach the second bolt: beware. Above, tricky face climbing past bolts and a piton gains the roof. After a slight traverse rightward, acrobatic moves climb past the roof and onto the face above, moving right to join Lower Right Ski Track and the beginning of Upper Right Ski Track....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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