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1995 Budget Closure S 
At Your Pleasure T 
Crack Queen T 
Drag Queen T 
Mojave Queen T 
Route Beer T 
Upper Mojave T 
Where Were You? T 
White Rain T 

Upper Walt's Rocks  


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Description 

This is a cliff stacked with quality lines that more than make up for the somewhat lengthy (especially by Josh standards) approach. The rock is typically of exceptional quality with dark patina throughout and the cracks are often parallel, deep and smooth - none of that light-colored grain so common in the rest of the Park!

Numerous multi-star crack and face routes exisit up to 150 feet in length although most are around 100 feet or so. The only catch is the majority of the best routes are 5.11a and harder, although exceptions do exist.

Some of the best here include At Your Pleasure (5.8), Escape to Queen Mountain (5.10a), White Rain (5.11a), Mojave Queen (5.11a), Crack Queen (5.11a), Upper Mojave (5.11a) and Drag Queen (5.11c R).

Routes listed from left to right:

Route Beer (5.11a)
Get with the Plan (5.10b)
Hellish Planet (5.10d)
At Your Pleasure (5.8)
Where Were You? (5.10a)
Unknown (5.10a)
Upper Mojave (5.11a)
Mojave Queen (5.11a)
White Rain (5.11a)

Just right of a small break in the cliffline are

Endorphine (5.10d)
Drag Queen (5.11c R)
No Metal Wasted (5.9+ R)
Crack Queen (5.11a)

And about 200' right of White Rain is

Escape to Queen Mountain (5.10a)

Getting There 

See the Walt's Rock page for detailed approach information.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.5 miles from here

9 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',0],['5.10',1],['5.11',7],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Upper Walt's Rocks:
At Your Pleasure   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
Upper Mojave   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Crack Queen   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
White Rain   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Mojave Queen   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   
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Mojave Queen 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Upper Walt's Rocks
This premier Walt's Rock classic begins left of White Rain (5.11a) at the base of the formation. Begin in a low-angle chimney and climb to a small ledge. Traverse right (bolt protected) to gain a nice hand crack (5.10). Follow the hand crack to its end where spectacular steep face climbing (crux) is protected by three bolts. The movement and position are exceptional on this route!...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By Brian Prince
From: morro bay, ca
Mar 25, 2013
Descent beta : A lot of options under the various routes have been mentioned for rapping off the top. With one 60m it's pretty easy to rap "where were you" from the very top. This bolted anchor is easily spotted to climber's left of a small break to the left of mojave queen and upper mojave. After "where were you" you'll be on the halfway ledge and one more rap (1995 budget closure I think) will take you to the ground.

This is really the simple and obvious thing to do. There is no need for two ropes, swinging uphill with a 70, or any sort of improbable walk off. This has probably been said already but here it is again.