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Saddle Rocks Area Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,500'
Location: 33.9929, -116.1392 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

The Saddle Rocks Area covers the large slab of Saddle Rocks as well as peripheral areas like the Theoretical Boulder and the seldom visited Cowboy Crags. Stacks of quality crack and face routes up to 3 pitches in length are found here including the popular Right On (5.5) and Walk on the Wild Side (5.8).

Getting There 

Park at the large paved lot that's used for Hall of Horrors, cross the road and follow a signed trail to the base of the rock. Approach time to the base is about 15 minutes.

Climbing Season



Weather station 10.8 miles from here

63 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',23],['1 Star',22],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',5],['5.8',12],['5.9',13],['5.10',21],['5.11',7],['5.12',1],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Saddle Rocks Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Saddle Rocks Area:
Right On   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Wisest Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Cowboy Crags
Orange Flake   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Walk on the Wild Side   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Gaucho Marx   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Do Rein Me   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
The Unicorner   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13     Trad   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (North...
Us and Them (aka The Route Formerly Known as Negro Girls)   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Santa Cruz   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Dial 911   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 240'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
The Posse   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Space Mountain   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (North...
Harley Queen   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 150'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Episcopalian Toothpick   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Theoretical Boulder
Harlequin   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : 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 : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
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Featured Route For Saddle Rocks Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Harlequin

Harlequin 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 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,and Rough Riders all start from this ledge. Pitch 1: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 a belay on a small ledge with 2 bolts. An alternative start is to climb the left-facing dihedral (5.7) that ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Saddle Rocks Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Saddle Rocks aglow just before sunset, Joshua Tree...
Saddle Rocks aglow just before sunset, Joshua Tree...
Rock Climbing Photo: Saddle Rocks Area, Joshua Tree NP
BETA PHOTO: Saddle Rocks Area, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Michael McKay climbs the second pitch of Right On,...
Michael McKay climbs the second pitch of Right On,...
Rock Climbing Photo: Snow on the Cowboy Crags, Joshua Tree NP
Snow on the Cowboy Crags, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Troy Mayr airing it out on the Iconoclast (5.13a),...
Troy Mayr airing it out on the Iconoclast (5.13a),...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rainbow over Saddle Rocks and Ryan Mountain
Rainbow over Saddle Rocks and Ryan Mountain
Rock Climbing Photo: Saddle Rocks from top of South Horror Rock at suns...
Saddle Rocks from top of South Horror Rock at suns...
Rock Climbing Photo: Saddle Rocks snow. Photo by Blitzo.
Saddle Rocks snow. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Teddy Bear Cholla, Joshua Tree National Park
Teddy Bear Cholla, Joshua Tree National Park
Rock Climbing Photo: Ryan Mountain with a dusting of snow, Joshua Tree ...
Ryan Mountain with a dusting of snow, Joshua Tree ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cowboy Crags, Joshua Tree NP
Cowboy Crags, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Yuccas near the top of Saddle Rocks, Joshua Tree N...
Yuccas near the top of Saddle Rocks, Joshua Tree N...
Rock Climbing Photo: Saddle Rock
Saddle Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Saddle Rocks Area after a snowstorm, Joshua Tree N...
Saddle Rocks Area after a snowstorm, Joshua Tree N...

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