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Planet X Pinnacle 

Planet X Area Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 33.9966, -116.156 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on Aug 26, 2008


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The open area north of Cap Rock is home to the Planet X Area which contains a number of quality routes as well as the popular Planet X Bouldering.

Notable areas here include the sunny The Love Nest which is home to a handful of quality sport routes in the 5.11 range, the free-standing Planet X Pinnacle which has a great 5.8 crack/face route as well as some other face routes in the 5.9-5.11+ range and The Crypt, a more recently developed area with routes in the 5.7-5.11 range.

Getting There 

Look for a dirt pullout about 1.4 miles from Hidden Valley Campground and 0.3 miles before Cap Rock that's on the left (east) side of the road if coming from Hidden Vally CG.

A well-defined and marked trail leads across the desert to The Love Nest which is visible from the car and on the approach. Hiking east a bit further will get you to Planet X Pinnacle as well as the Planet X Bouldering area. The Crypt lies a bit further east still, although it can also approached from the vicinity of the Hall of Horrors.

Approach times vary from 5-20 minutes depending upon the area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 11.0 miles from here

23 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Planet X Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Planet X Area:
Planet X   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Planet X Pinnacle
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Featured Route For Planet X Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Subway to Venus

Subway to Venus 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Planet X Pinnacle
Located on the north face of the Planet X Pinnacle. This route climbs a seam/rift past 3 bolts, moving left at its end. Thin face past 1 more bolt, then runout 5.5 to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: The first sunset of 2010, Joshua Tree NP
The first sunset of 2010, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Jessy Kronenberg on Planet Y
Jessy Kronenberg on Planet Y
Rock Climbing Photo: Checking the guidebook...
Checking the guidebook...
Rock Climbing Photo: An overview of the Planet X Area, Joshua Tree NP
An overview of the Planet X Area, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Planet X Area, Joshua Tree NP
Planet X Area, Joshua Tree NP

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