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Sentinel - East Face, The 7 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Sentinel - West Face, The 11 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Elevation: 4,279 ft
GPS: 34.013, -116.171 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Tony B on Jul 7, 2002
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

The Sentinel is the largest, tallest and most impressive formation in the Real Hidden Valley, although it is outdone for title of highest cliff, that honor being taken by the Tumbing Rainbow Formation.

One of the few rocks in Joshua Tree that lends itself to multi-pitch routes, it has a good selection of routes from intermediate to advanced. There are also some bolted routes for the hardman who doesn't mind supplementing fixed gear with some additional pro. The rock is generally solid and clean, with very few exceptions. This large, triangular fin of rock faces primarily east by northeast and west by southwest - as a result, there is almost always something to choose in the shade or sun, whichever suits the season and/or weather. The north and south facing aspects are narrow ridges that provide an scambling descent from most of the routes, or access to a rap station.

There are some classic lines on this rock, but the majority of the better lines are intermediate to advanced in difficulty. By reputation, Fote Hog (5.6) is the wall's best easy line. If you can climb a little harder, there are better routes to start your tour with - the under-appreciated Western Saga (5.9), the thought-provoking Ball Bearing, (5.10a) and a must-do super classic Illusion Dweller (5.10b). Still harder classics include Desert Song (5.11b) a bold line across the lip of a huge roof and Where Eagles Dare (5.11d) a bouldery thin crack start with a challenging face finish.

Hardman routes such as The Chameleon (5.12b), The Tarantula (5.12c), Some Like It Hot (5.12c) and The Scorpion (5.13c) are reputed to be great, although seldom see traffic.

Getting There

Enter the Real Hidden Valley from the south, past Gateway Rock. Once inside the valley proper make a left (heading mostly north) until you reach a point on the trail near the center of the base of the Sentinel's East Face. To access the west face continue on the trail until you pass the Sentinel formation by perhaps 50 feet to the north before turning left (west) and walking about 30 feet to a trail that turns left (south) again and doubles back along the west face. The Hidden Cliff lies across from the right end of the west face.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Sentinel

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Fote Hog
Trad 2 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Where Janitors Dare
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Western Saga
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Ball Bearing
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Hog Trough
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Illusion Dweller
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
The Butt Buttress
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
The Rubberfat Syndrome
TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R
Desert Song
Trad 2 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Where Eagles Dare
Trad 2 pitches
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
The Centipede
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5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
The Chameleon
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5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
Some Like It Hot
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Fote Hog Sentinel - E Face 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Where Janitors Dare Sentinel - W Face 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Western Saga Sentinel - E Face 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Ball Bearing Sentinel - E Face 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Hog Trough Sentinel - E Face 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Illusion Dweller Sentinel - W Face 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
The Butt Buttress Sentinel - W Face 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
The Rubberfat Syndrome Sentinel - W Face 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c TR
Desert Song Sentinel - W Face 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R Trad 2 pitches
Where Eagles Dare Sentinel - W Face 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad 2 pitches
The Centipede Sentinel - W Face 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
The Chameleon Sentinel - W Face 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
Some Like It Hot Sentinel - W Face 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad 2 pitches
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