Coming down for the day I saw this unknown climber...
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.
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.
Weather station 10.7 miles from here
26 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',10],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]
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Harley Queen 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Begin by scrambling (class 4) up a low-angle right-facing corner about 75 Ft. right of the start of Right On, up to a big ledge. High Cost of Living, Cheap Way To Die, Lone Pine, Rough Riders, and Harlequin all start from this ledge. Pitch 1:(Same as Harlequin) Walk right across this ledge to where it becomes more like a ramp, leading up and right and then blanking out. Continue right across a slab past 2 bolts (5.8) to the top of a left-facing corner. Belay on a small ledge with 2 bolts. An alt...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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