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Mel's Diner  

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Elevation: 4,100'
Location: 34.0286, -116.1829 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Chris Owen on Feb 2, 2003  with updates from Gunkswest
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BETA PHOTO: Mel's Diner. Photo by Blitzo.


At just about the time you hit Keys Corner Parking Lot, if you look to the right you'll see this crag across the desert floor blooming in the early morning sun. If you park at the pullout past Keys Corner you will probably be able to identify Right and Left Mel Cracks, the standout climbs of the crag.

The crag has climbs on the lower tier and on upper tiers to the left and right of the Mel Cracks.

Not a popular crag, but a good place on a warm day to spend time in the shade honing your skills on steep clean cracks which range anywhere from 5.8 up to 5.11c.

Getting There 

From Entrance West pass Keys Corner Parking Lot and then turn right onto the Lost Horse Dirt Road. Park in the second pullout to the left.

Hike basically west, following a faint use trial, across the desert floor, about 15/20 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.1 miles from here

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Left Mel Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   
Right Mel Crack   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   
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Left Mel Crack 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Mel's Diner
This is the righthand crack.A fun climb full of very cool moves.Good little slots lead to the first impasse; a rather ominous bulge. Good technique pays dividends here and soon the next impasse is reached. Cool high step moves will pull you through this to the last impasse, a thought-provoking but not difficult mantle. Pull over the top to a medium cam anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Mel's Diner showing Right and Left Mel Cracks
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By Randy
Feb 3, 2003
It is probably easier (closer) to park at the turnout on the west side of Quail Springs Road, located 1.4 miles past Trashcan Rock (0.8 mile past the Key's Corner parking area). This is right at Roadside Rock. Mel's Diner will be easily seen about 250 yards to the west. At trail heads straight to the crag.
By Chris Owen
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Feb 3, 2003
This is true, but it does leave your shiny new SUV on Park Boulevard, removed from any facilities (ie. bathroom).
By Dustysdawg
Dec 31, 2004
If you are looking for a crag without people, you can see the Mel Cracks from the main road and Lost Horse rd. If nobody is there, run in and do them.
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