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Saddle Rocks - Skirt  

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Elevation: 4,500'
Location: 33.9943, -116.1403 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: C Miller on Jan 20, 2010
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The massive lower portion of Saddle Rocks, easily identified by it's slabby west face, is called The Skirt and is home to numerous quality routes from 5.5 to 5.13a on it's north, west and south faces with climbs as long as three pitches making it one of the few places in the Park to offer multi-pitch climbing.

Face climbing is the name of the game here, although a number of cracks are available, and for the slab climber offers a treasure trove of quality multi-pitch routes in the 5.10 to 5.12 range which seldom see traffic.

Popular classics such as Right On (5.5), Walk on the Wild Side (5.8) see the bulk of the traffic however newer routes such as Santa Cruz (5.10a), Harley Queen (5.10c) and Where Have all the Cowboys Gone (5.10d) are slowly seeing more ascents as word spreads which helps to spread out the traffic somewhat.

Getting There 

Hike the signed access trail to the base of the rock and then head either left or right depending upon where your climb of choice is located.

26 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Saddle Rocks - Skirt :
Right On   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Walk on the Wild Side   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Orange Flake   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches   Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Gaucho Marx   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Do Rein Me   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
The Unicorner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad   Saddle Rocks - Skirt (North...
Negro Girls   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Santa Cruz   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
The Posse   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Space Mountain   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt (North...
Harley Queen   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches   Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Where Have all the Cowboys Gone   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Harlequin   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, 3 pitches   Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
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Hargis leading Space Mountain. Photo: R.Miramontes

Space Mountain 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (North...
One prominent feature on this part of Saddle Rocks is a large left-facing corner system (The Unicorner). Start up that climb for 20' then traverse right on a fairly awkward ledge passing a bolt until you reach a spot you can stand up. From here the climbs goes more or less straight up past 7 more bolts on steep, exposed and sometimes a little loose patina plates. There is a slight runout near the top but the climbing is much easier.Rap off the top with 2 ropes although if careful it can be done ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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