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Saddle Rocks Area  


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Elevation: 4,500'
Location: 33.9929, -116.1392 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Aug 26, 2008
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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

59 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',20],['1 Star',23],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',5],['5.8',12],['5.9',12],['5.10',19],['5.11',7],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Saddle Rocks Area:
Right On   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a 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
Walk on the Wild Side   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Orange Flake   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches   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...
Gaucho Marx   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   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...
Negro Girls   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 2 pitches, 250'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Santa Cruz   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   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
Where Have All The Cowboys Gone climbs the steep, shaded patina face in this photo.  The approach pitch (on Santa Cruz) starts to the right, out of this photo, in some thin cracks on a detached slab.  The belay for Cowboys is where the detached slab rock touches the steep face.

Where Have all the Cowboys Gone 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
A modern Gaines classic. Hard to believe he's still finding such gems in a "climbed out" area like Josh.P1- climb a hand crack in a slab (5.8) about 30' down (closer to the road) from the Iconoclast arete. Belay on a big ledge.P2- Make steep face moves on incredible varnish straight up past 4-5 bolts (5.10+). After 50' or so the bolts wander left, and the rock becomes less steep and more frictiony. Make engaging slab moves straight up past several more bolts (5.10). Belay on another ledge. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Saddle Rocks aglow just before sunset, Joshua Tree NP
Saddle Rocks aglow just before sunset, Joshua Tree...
Saddle Rocks
Saddle Rocks
Saddle Rocks Area, Joshua Tree NP  <br />
BETA PHOTO: Saddle Rocks Area, Joshua Tree NP
Saddle Rocks snow. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Saddle Rocks snow. Photo by Blitzo.
Snow on the Cowboy Crags, Joshua Tree NP
Snow on the Cowboy Crags, Joshua Tree NP
Troy Mayr airing it out on the Iconoclast (5.13a), Joshua Tree NP. Photo by Ron Wolfe.
Troy Mayr airing it out on the Iconoclast (5.13a),...
Rainbow over Saddle Rocks and Ryan Mountain
Rainbow over Saddle Rocks and Ryan Mountain
Saddle Rocks from top of South Horror Rock at sunset.
Saddle Rocks from top of South Horror Rock at suns...
Ryan Mountain with a dusting of snow, Joshua Tree NP
Ryan Mountain with a dusting of snow, Joshua Tree ...
Teddy Bear Cholla, Joshua Tree National Park
Teddy Bear Cholla, Joshua Tree National Park
Saddle Rocks Area after a snowstorm, Joshua Tree NP
Saddle Rocks Area after a snowstorm, Joshua Tree N...
Cowboy Crags, Joshua Tree NP
Cowboy Crags, Joshua Tree NP
Yuccas near the top of Saddle Rocks, Joshua Tree NP
Yuccas near the top of Saddle Rocks, Joshua Tree N...
Saddle Rock
Saddle Rock

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