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The Orc Wall

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The Orc Wall Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.01879, -116.16653 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on Dec 27, 2009
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"Grand Theft Avacado". Photo by Blitzo.


Guarding the mouth of Steve Canyon and facing Sidewinder Rock - West Face is this east-facing wall with half a dozen routes from 5.7 to 5.11b with most 5.10 and easier. The usual descent is via a 60' rappel from bolts atop Candelabra.

The Orc (5.10a), Candelabra (5.10 R/X) and The Troll (5.11b/c) are popular here.

Routes from left to right:

Grand Theft Avocado (5.7)
Candelabra (5.10 R/X)
The Orc (5.10a)
Orc Sighs (5.10c)
The Troll (5.11b/c)

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

For the Steve Canyon area.

Weather station 10.0 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Orc Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Orc Wall:
Candelabra   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a X     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Candelabra 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Orc Wall
The route is an obvious shallow corner which becomes a detached, hanging, thin, right- facing flake. It MIGHT be solid, but it doesn't look that way. Falling on cams behind it is a proposal of dubious wisdom, at best. Climb up on a few moderate moves in the shallow right-facing corner to reach the hanging flake. Move up onto this flake with jams and liebacks to reach the top (5.9) and move up through the first of two 'blank' bulges to reach a decent horizontal feature (10a) traverse left (5.7) ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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