Sheep Pass from Ryan Campground, Headstone in the ...
Sheep Pass is a large, vague area near the southeastern end of the broader Lost Horse Valley (technically, the pass, several miles east of Hidden Valley Campground on the main park road, divides Lost Horse Valley from Queen Valley, and the Sheep Pass group campground lies on the Queen Valley side of the pass, but most of the climbing is on the Lost Horse side of the pass). Incidentally, if you're coming with a group, Sheep Pass is the
place to try to get a campsite -- but make your reservations way in advance.
The most prominent formation in the Sheep Pass area is the huge Saddle Rocks
, which sit high up on the side of Ryan Mountain (which provides the eastern border of the Lost Horse Valley). Saddle Rocks can be seen from miles away, and their faces contain some of the longest climbs in the park. Other smaller areas in Sheep Pass include Cap Rock
, Television Wall, Cowboy Crags
, and the Ryan Campground
area (notable for some nice bouldering, and of course the aptly-named Headstone Rock).
For a sparse area, however, Sheep Pass has several must-climb classics. Walk on the Wild Side
(5.7+) is a classic, slabby 3-pitch ascent up the east face of Saddle Rocks, and the Headstone's SW Corner
(5.6) and Cryptic
(5.8) are deservedly popular routes to the top of a truly unique formation.
As noted above, Sheep Pass generally lies on or near the main park road, a few miles east of Hidden Valley Campground. Headstone Rock is best accessed from within Ryan Campground, and turnouts for Saddle Rocks, Cap Rock, and the group campground are clearly signed.
Weather station 10.6 miles from here
355 Total Routes
['4 Stars',4],['3 Stars',37],['2 Stars',117],['1 Star',176],['Bomb',13]
Browse More Classics in Sheep Pass Area
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sheep Pass Area:
Featured Route For Sheep Pass Area
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
Local Information for Sheep Pass Area
Latest Regional Forum Messages
Joshua Tree sunset from Hall of Horrors, Joshua Tr...
Ryan Mountain. Photo by Blitzo.
Sunrise across the desert floor.
Planet X Pinnacle. Photo by Blitzo.
Saddle Rocks and Cowboy Crags from the Sandy Wash ...
Top of Ryan Mountain. Photo by Blitzo.
Saddle Rocks from Cave Corridor, Joshua Tree NP
Saddle Rocks and vicinty after a snowstorm, Joshua...
Do you think the sheep did this? Or was it a shoe...
Ryan Mountain-snow. Photo by Blitzo.
Cholla detail, Joshua Tree NP
Saddle Rocks and Ryan Mountain from the Northwest.
Blooming joshua tree near Cap Rock. Photo by Blitz...
Celebrating after an ascent of Headstone Rock, Jos...
Display at the Oyster Bar parking area, JTNP
BETA PHOTO: Cavern Rock and Grotto Rocks
Cap Rock and Joshua Tree, JTNP
Saddle Rocks, Cowboy Crags and the Oyster Bar Area...
Prickly Pear near Target Rock. photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: Ryan Campground, as seen from the top of Headstone...
A nice collection of plants...
Bighorn Sheep near the Oyster Bar, Joshua Tree NP
Show All 26
Only the first 24 are shown above.