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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Featured Route For Planet X Area
Planet X 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Planet X Pinnacle
Start above a cactus and climb a steep, juggy hand crack until it narrows to thin hands, then fingers and then finally dies out at a bolt. Clip the bolt and make some face moves using patina edges and smears to reach up and left to a short flared crack that leads to the summit.Enjoy the view of the surrounding desert - Saddle Rocks, Headstone Rock, The Astro Domes, King Dome/Hall of Horrors and the Loose Lady Buttress are some of the formations visible from the summit of this formation, and then...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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