Elevation: 4,200 ft
GPS: 34.016, -116.161 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Mike Morley on Jun 15, 2002 · Updates
Admins: Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Salamanizer Ski, Greg Opland, C Miller, Gunkswest

Description

Welcome to Hidden Valley Campground - the Camp 4 of Southern California. HVCG has a high concentration of quality routes and one could potentially spend a week in The Park without ever leaving the campground. As such, the area sees more than it's fair share of traffic. A few considerations and logistics while you're here:

  • Entrance fee (currently $20) is valid for 7 days of purchase. Camping in the Park is $10/campsite/night, and is on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations). However, reservations may be made online for group campsites at Indian Cove, Sheep Pass, Cottonwood, and Black Rock Campgrounds through the NPS Reservation Center. More about camping....
  • Weekends are crowded during peak season! With its proximity to Los Angeles and San Diego, the Park draws more than 1 million visitors annually. Plan accordingly and have a backup plan if the campgrounds are full. There are numerous inexpensive motels in the nearby towns of Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and 29 Palms.
  • There are no gas stations in the Park itself. There are two gas stations in the town of Joshua Tree - a Valero on the corner of Park and Hwy 62 and at a Circle K (no diesel) which is a block to the east. Yucca Valley, 6 miles west of town on Hwy 62, has many gas stations to choose from with most having lower prices than the ones in Joshua Tree.
  • There is no running water in the Park. Come prepared with a 5-gallon or more jug if planning on staying more than a day. The last place to fill up is at the West Entrance kiosk, where you'll pay 25 cents for 5 gallons.
  • Protect your food!!!
    To the campground residents, a styrofoam cooler is a call for a party...crows, jays, squirrels etc all teamed up to rip this apart and emptied it's tortillas, chocolate and shrimp etc in about a 1/2 hour... . A couple of durable plastic storage bins will make your life a lot easier and will help to keep the critters self-sufficient.
  • Cell phones reception is spotty, but good reception can be had at Key's View. There is an ***EMERGENCY ONLY*** phone located at the second bathroom in main loop of Hidden Valley Campground. The closest payphone is at Coyote Corner at the SE corner of Park Blvd and Hwy 62.


Olden days! Photo used with permission from T. Yeary

Getting There

HVCG is located 14 miles SE of the Park's West Entrance along Quail Springs Road (Park Blvd).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Hidden Valley Campground

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 703
The Bong
Trad
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 741
The Eye
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 959
Toe Jam
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 154
Geronimo
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 653
Overhang Bypass
Trad 2 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 1,559
Double Cross
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 553
The Flake
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 508
Dogleg
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 406
North Overhang
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 251
Orphan
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 82
Chalk Up Another One
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 251
Lower Right Ski Track
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 321
Bearded Cabbage
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b V1- 5-
 341
Hobbit Roof
Trad, Boulder
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 180
Left Ski Track
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Bong Blob > Blob - N Face
 703
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
The Eye Cyclops Rock
 741
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Trad
Toe Jam Old Woman > Old Woman - E Face
 959
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Geronimo Old Woman > Old Woman - E Face
 154
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Overhang Bypass Intersection Rock
 653
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Double Cross Old Woman > Old Woman - W Face
 1,559
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
The Flake Intersection Rock
 553
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Dogleg Old Woman > Old Woman - W Face
 508
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
North Overhang Intersection Rock
 406
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Orphan Old Woman > Old Woman - W Face
 251
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Chalk Up Another One Wall > Wall - Right Side
 82
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Lower Right Ski Track Intersection Rock
 251
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Bearded Cabbage Old Woman > Old Woman - E Face
 321
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Hobbit Roof Blob > Blob - W Face
 341
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b V1- 5- Trad, Boulder
Left Ski Track Intersection Rock
 180
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
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