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Rock Hudson  

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The east side of Rock Hudson, Joshua Tree NP


A large formation with some popular routes including the classic Hot Rocks (5.11b) a tricky seam to widening crack. Other good routes include Looney Tunes (5.9) a hands to chimney crack and Stand and Deliver (aka Spanish Bombs) (5.12a) a thin edge climb to test your crimping. Most climbs are on the southwest face so expect lots of sun although there are some good climbs to be done on the north and east faces.

Getting There 

Approach is via an easy walk northeast from either the front or back loop of Hidden Valley Campground. It lies about 150 yards north of Outhouse Rock, which lies at the apex of the front loop and just to the north of The Wall/leftside (Hands Off is here). The approach takes about 10-15 minutes from the parking lot in Hidden Valley.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.8 miles from here

7 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Rock Hudson:
Looney Tunes   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Hot Rocks   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Stand and Deliver (aka Spanish Bombs)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Hot Rocks 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Rock Hudson
Hot Rocks is the masterpiece of this wall and climbs a line just right of center identified as a seam that higher widens and forms a crack. Just left of this route is the thin and technical Stand and Deliver (aka Spanish Bombs) while further left is the widening crack of Looney Tunes. There are two starts to the climb - 1) climb the seam directly with no protection, or 2) climb past a bolt just right of the seam. Either way thin and delicate slab moves gain a stance where you can get some gear in. From here ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Hudson. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Hudson. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Hudson. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Hudson. Photo by Blitzo.
The northwest side of Rock Hudson, Joshua Tree NP
The northwest side of Rock Hudson, Joshua Tree NP
Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) near the bas...
Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) near the bas...

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