A good look at the thin start. Photo by Tony Sarti...
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.
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.
Weather station 11.0 miles from here
23 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',2]
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Planet Y 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Planet X Pinnacle
This route is on the west face and climbs a crack to face past a bolt that leads directly to the rap anchors for the formation.Climb the heavily featured crack until it dies out, where a combination of sidepulls and grainy edges gains a bolt which protects a long move to a visibly flexing flake the size of a hardcover book...gingerly pull down and not out on the flake and make the final moves to the anchors.A fun climb with some intricate movement that's easily toproped from the anchors if you d...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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