Saddle Rocks, which rise out of the west flank of Ryan Mountain, is probably the largest single formation in the park, and it dominates the view from virtually anywhere in the Lost Horse Valley. It's also home to some of the longest climbs in the park. Due to the complex nature of the area it has been broken into three parts - Saddle Rocks - Skirt the lower slabby portion, Saddle Rocks - Pommel the middle portion and Saddle Rocks - Cantle the uppermost portion.
Park on the side of the main park road, between Ryan Campground and Sheep Pass. The parking spot is almost due west of the formation -- you should be looking at it head on. Follow marked Access Fund trails for several hundred yards to the base of Walk on the Wild Side. Traverse to either side of the formation for climbs on the north and south faces.
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Walk on the Wild Side 5.8 Trad, 3 pitches, 250 feet Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Where Have all the Cowboys Gone 5.10d Trad, 3 pitches, 200 feet Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Raging Bull Dike 5.11d Sport, 1 pitch, 60 feet Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (North...
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Harlequin 5.10d R 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