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The featured attraction in this area is a north facing rectangular granite monolith about 100 feet high. The granite is as solid and smooth as you will find in Josh. In fact it bears a resemblance to slate! Witch Hunt (5.10b) and South of Heaven (5.12d) are bolted climbs that ascend the lefthand and righthand aretes respectively. Both are classics. Devil's Advocate (5.11a) begins in an offwidth just left of Witch Hunt and ends in a discontinuous horizontal seam (3 out of 5 stars).

Getting There 

The easiest approach to this area is to follow the directions to Valley of the Kings. From the Helmet, walk east for 1/2 mile across the valley floor to the gully that is just north of the Corrugated Wall. The Slatanic Area is "around the corner" from The Corrugated Wall and near the top of the gully.

3 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Slatanic Area:
Witch Hunt   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
South of Heaven   5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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At the top of the offwidth section. The tips crack is visible arching to the right underneath a small overhang. Photo by H. Harris.

Devil's Advocate 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Slatanic Area
This route begins just left of Witch Hunt in an obvious vertical offwidth (10-). At the top of the offwidth the low angle crack veers slightly left and narrows to tips (9). Higher up the tips crack becomes steeper and angles right towards a ledge underneath a small overhang (10+). An intermittent 2" wide rail is 2' above the crack. The crux (11-) is a difficult stem / reach move, from where the tips crack and rail end, to the ledge (Slightly runout but bomber TCU's are 5' behind you). I removed ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Slatanic Area approach from the backside.
BETA PHOTO: Slatanic Area approach from the backside.
Photo by H. Harris, 05/04/03
BETA PHOTO: Photo by H. Harris, 05/04/03
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By Josh Janes
Apr 7, 2013

The bolted anchor atop the formation was replaced courtesy of the ASCA with 1/2" stainless hardware in 2013.

If you use and appreciate updated bolts in J Tree, consider a donation to the ASCA at

By BRegan
From: Joshua Tree, CA
Feb 21, 2014


Slatanic Area and surrounding climbing routes.
Due to Recent Wildlife Activity.

Dates of closure: 2/19/2014 - 6/15/2014