The Tumbling Rainbow Formation is identified by the elongated S-shaped crack that splits it in two. This wide crack is its namesake Tumbling Rainbow (5.9 R). Run For Your Life (5.10b) ascends the left face. Tonic Boom (5.12d), Tic Tic Boom (5.12a), and Rainy Day, Dream Away (5.11b) lie on the right face. Fisticuffs (5.10b), a somewhat wide splitter, lies further downhill to the right.
From Real Hidden Valley parking area, follow nature trail north to "T" intersection. Head left (NW) on trail. After 100 yards or so, break off west and aim for the highest formation.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tumbling Rainbow Formation:
Tumbling Rainbow 5.9 Trad, 1 pitch, 70 feet
Fisticuffs 5.10b Trad, 1 pitch, 30 feet
Run For Your Life 5.10b R Trad, 1 pitch, 90 feet
Runaway 5.11a/b Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Days of Thunder 5.11b Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Rainy Day, Dream Away 5.11b Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Tic Tic Boom 5.12a Sport, 1 pitch, 90 feet
Tonic Boom 5.12d Sport, 1 pitch, 65 feet
Featured Route For Tumbling Rainbow Formation
Tic Tic Boom 5.12a CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Tumbling Rainbow Formation
To the right of Run For Your Life, on the other side of the Tumbling Rainbow, is this beautiful featured face. Start as for Rainy Day Dream Away, climbing up thin cracks past a piton to the first bolt. Trend left, then up the face past four more bolts. Athletic pulls from perfect brown patina edges provide the crux. Well bolted but still exciting, especially at the beginning. Rappel from the top with a 60 meter rope....[more] Browse More Classics in CA