Desert Queen Mine Climbing
|GPS:||34.022, -116.068 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||C Miller on Apr 4, 2003|
|Admins:||C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionLocated north of the Queen Valley Road, somewhat midway between Jumbo Rocks and Sheep Pass CG, is this fairly accessible area with a remote and somewhat wild feel. Depending upon your motivation or proclivity you might climb close to the car, or venture out into one of the Park's lesser-visited areas and possibly discover some relics from the area's rich mining past. This is an area to visit if seeking solitude and quality engaging routes, of which there are many.
Those seeking cracks will be rewarded with such gems as Tiers for Fears (5.10b), The Goldigger (5.10c), Petrodynamics (aka Gigantor) (5.10d), Silverado (5.11b) and Nerve Storm (5.11c). Face climbing enthusiasts will want to do Once in a Lifetime (5.7), Get the Balance Right (5.10a) Times of Holyness (5.11c), I Have The Touch (5.12b) and Cosmic Trigger (5.12d).
Getting ThereDriving east from Sheep Pass CG, there is a right turn towards the signed Geology Tour Road; more or less directly across from this is the dirt road to the Desert Queen Mine area. Drive the dirt road, staying right when necessary, to a parking area one and a quarter miles from the paved Queen Valley Road. The trail to the various rocks lies at the east end of the parking area and winds downhill to the base of a large hillside with several sealed mineshafts. Climbing back up to a large plateau behind the mineshafts leads to a rough landscape of valleys and hills with scattered rock formations. Scattered throughout this landscape are many enticing routes. Plan on thirty to forty-five minutes to Fraggle Rock, the furthest crag from the parking area.
Classic Climbing Routes at Desert Queen Mine
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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