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SW Face Center (The Solarium)

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L to R R to L Alpha
Witness Stand S 
Alibi S 
Broken Hearted  S 
Fresh Step TR 
Out of Order S 
Remembering Marina  S 
Tim's Valentine  S 
Uppercut T 

SW Face Center (The Solarium)  

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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0265, -116.152 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 Jan 27, 2010
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BETA PHOTO: The Solarium (Right Side), Joshua Tree NP A. Wit...


This area covers the portion of Little Hunk's southwest face from right of the Abstract Roller Disco Block to just past Feeling Groovy and hosts a number of fun bolted routes and cracks in the 5.6 to 5.11 range.

Getting There 

Park in the large gravel lot near Echo Tee and head east following a a marked trail past the southern end of Echo Rock to the Mounds formation and then head left (around the northern side) to reach the base. Scramble up through large blocks to the base which is a long ledge system above a slabby area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.2 miles from here

8 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for SW Face Center (The Solarium):
Tim's Valentine    5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Remembering Marina    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Uppercut   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Out of Order   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Alibi   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For SW Face Center (The Solarium)
A. Witness Stand 5.11a <br />B. Alibi 5.11b <br />C. Out Of Order 5.10c <br />D. Exhibit A. 5.10a R

Alibi 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : SW Face Center (The Solariu...
Interesting climbing on vertical patina plates gives way to a engaging sequence of thin crimps and sloping smears (crux) just past the 2nd bolt. Once the third bolt is reached a few more smears lead up and slightly left to a rounded mantle and anchors up and over the top. Although short this is a high quality route that deserves more attention....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of SW Face Center (The Solarium) Slideshow Add Photo
The Solarium (Left Side), Joshua Tree NP <br /> <br />A. Broken Hearted (5.10c) <br />B. Remembering Marina (5.9) <br />C. Fresh Step (5.10a) <br />D. Tim's Valentine (5.7)
BETA PHOTO: The Solarium (Left Side), Joshua Tree NP A. Broke...
A busy day at The Solarium, Joshua Tree NP
A busy day at The Solarium, Joshua Tree NP
Dave Mayville leading Uppercut, 5.10c <br /> <br />photo by bob gaines
Dave Mayville leading Uppercut, 5.10c photo by bo...
Nolina and shadow at Little Hunk, Joshua Tree NP
Nolina and shadow at Little Hunk, Joshua Tree NP
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By Bob Gaines
Jan 28, 2010
Named this area The Solarium
By C Miller
Jan 28, 2010
Bob, thanks for the info and good job on the routes here as they're a fun addition to the area.
By john durr
From: Joshua Tree, CA
Apr 13, 2011
Any one got the story on "Exhibit A"? I got on that short thing and regretted it. The jug at the top of the corner is on a very loose block. One bolt and nothing else for pro?