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This truly remarkable formation is actually an extremely large exfoliated flake (90+ feet tall by 60 feet by and only a couple feet thick) that has pealed away from the larger adjacent face. It has formed an amazing 95 foot long chimney on its inside (Firewater Chimney 5.10b) and sports a 10 bolt thin crack and face route on its exterior face (The Last Stand 5.11d/12a). Both routes are absolute classics (4 of 5 stars). It has the appearance of a large arrowhead, point down into the ground. North facing, it sees some sun late and early season, but is shady most of the day.
It lies on the left end of the north facing cliffs (The Trad Crags) about 200 yards up and left of The Helmet. It lies almost directly below a prominent protuberance at the upper left end of The Trad Crags. Head east, up the Valley of Kings, staying along the right fork in the wash, then angle up the rocky slope to the base.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Arrowhead:
Firewater Chimney 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
The Last Stand 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
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Firewater Chimney 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Arrowhead
This remarkable route chimneys and stems between the inside of the Arrowhead flake and the main face. Varies from 2+ to maybe 5 feet wide. Great position and continuous climbing make this a classic. Rappel 90+ feet from bolts down the outside face of the flake. A little runnout between the bolts, but you are always in a secure position, even if moving up can be strenuous at times....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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