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Sidewinder Rock - West Face

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Sidewinder Rock - West Face  

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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.01865, -116.16611 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 Dec 27, 2009
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Guarding the mouth of Steve Canyon and facing The Orc Wall is this popular west-facing wall with a dozen or so crack and face climbs from 5.4 to 5.12b with half in the 5.10+ and under range. The normal descent is a 70' rappel from bolts atop King Pin .

Some of the better routes here include Skinny Pin (5.4 R), Skinny Dip (5.7 R), Sidewinder (5.10b), Diamondback (5.10c), Invisible Touch (5.10d) and Jumping Jack Crack (5.11a).

Routes from left to right:

Skinny Dip (5.7 R)
Invisible Touch (5.10d)
King Pin (5.11a)
Skinny Pin (5.4 R)
Jumping Jack Crack (5.11a)
Venucian Fece (5.11a)
Sidewinder (5.10b)
Diamondback (5.10c)
Kingsnake (5.12b)
Rattle and Hum (5.11d)
Munchkin Land (5.10d)

Getting There 

Two approaches for getting to the mouth of Steve Canyon are as follows:

Approach from the large lot at Hidden Valley Campgound walk along the west face of the Old Woman using a well-worn trail which leads directly to the mouth of Steve Canyon proper.

Park in one of several paved turnouts along Park Blvd. a short distance to the north of the turn into the Hidden Valley CG parking lot and follow a marked trail east to the mouth of Steve Canyon. The west face of Sidewinder Rock and it's distinctive slanting dike system is a good landmark.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.0 miles from here

8 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sidewinder Rock - West Face:
Skinny Dip   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Sidewinder   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Diamondback   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Invisible Touch   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Jumping Jack Crack   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Featured Route For Sidewinder Rock - West Face
The big view and pucker traverse on Sidewinder

Sidewinder 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Sidewinder Rock - West Face
Begin in the center of the formation at a left-facing flake and climb up this to a bolt. Thin face past the bolt (crux) leads into a left-arching crack system and then a vertical crack which ends at the obvious dike. Mantle up, clip a bolt and then make a long, thought-provoking traverse up and left until able to reach the top. To descend downclimb/leap across a gap to reach a pinnacle with rap anchors located to the climber's left. This is another semi-classic route to do and one that won't soo...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Going skinny dipping.
BETA PHOTO: Going skinny dipping.
Sidewinder on a windy day
Sidewinder on a windy day
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