Elevation: 4,200 ft
GPS: 34.021, -116.166 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: C Miller on Jul 12, 2002
Admins: C Miller, Greg Opland, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

Many excellent formations are to be found in this extensive area that generally has short easy approaches. Many classics are found in this area that's not far from the campground but feels like it is. Cracks, faces, mixed routes and even some sport climbs are here.

Some of the many classics here include- Super Roof (5.9+) and Sidewinder (5.10b), Hot Rocks (5.11b), Grain Surgery (5.10a), Apartheid (5.12a), Jugline (5.11c), Rollerball (5.10b), and Blood of Christ (5.12a).

Additionally good bouldering is scattered throughout the area as are some local curiosities like The Hobbit Hole and The Iron Door Cave.

Getting There

The Outback is the large collection of formations that are found to the north of Hidden Valley Campground. They extend from near the Quail Springs Road (Steve Canyon) east towards Echo Cove (Peyote Cracks wall) and north to Dutzi Rock. Approaches vary but most are made via Hidden Valley Campground as this typically affords the shortest walk.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Outback

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 61
Skinny Dip
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 76
Deflowered
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 125
Super Roof
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 80
Looney Tunes
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 99
Watanobe Wall
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 35
Amanda
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5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13
 53
Grain Surgery
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 166
Sidewinder
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 107
Rollerball
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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 53
A Woman's Work is Never Done
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5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 44
The Decompensator of Lhasa
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5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 47
Jumping Jack Crack
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5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 36
Rollercoaster
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 118
Hot Rocks
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5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 11
Wet T-Shirt Night
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Skinny Dip Steve Canyon Area > Steve Canyon > Sidewinder Rock - W Face
 61
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad
Deflowered Steve Canyon Area > Steve Canyon > Grain Surgery Wall
 76
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Super Roof Steve Canyon Area > Steve Canyon > Super Roof Wall
 125
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Looney Tunes Rock Hudson
 80
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Watanobe Wall Steve Canyon Area > Watanobe Wall
 99
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Amanda Steve Canyon Area > Hot Tub
 35
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Grain Surgery Steve Canyon Area > Steve Canyon > Grain Surgery Wall
 53
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad
Sidewinder Steve Canyon Area > Steve Canyon > Sidewinder Rock - W Face
 166
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad
Rollerball Rollerball Formation
 107
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
A Woman's Work is Never Done Labor Dome
 53
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
The Decompensator of Lhasa Steve Canyon Area > Steve Canyon > Grain Surgery Wall
 44
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Jumping Jack Crack Steve Canyon Area > Steve Canyon > Sidewinder Rock - W Face
 47
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Rollercoaster Rollerball Formation
 36
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Hot Rocks Rock Hudson
 118
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Wet T-Shirt Night Patagonia Pile > Patagonia Pile - E Face
 11
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
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Joshua Tree, CA
BRegan   Joshua Tree, CA
One of the parent birds currently nesting on the Patagonia Pile. Please give them the space they need to raise their young.
March 2017


Thank you very much, JTNP Mar 29, 2017