Elevation: 4,100 ft
GPS: 34.029, -116.183 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Chris Owen on Feb 2, 2003 with updates from Matt Hagny
Admins: C Miller, Greg Opland, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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Description

At just about the time you hit Keys Corner Parking Lot, if you look to the right you'll see this crag across the desert floor blooming in the early morning sun. If you park at the pullout past Keys Corner you will probably be able to identify Right and Left Mel Cracks, the standout climbs of the crag.

The crag has climbs on the lower tier and on upper tiers to the left and right of the Mel Cracks.

Not a popular crag, but a good place on a warm day to spend time in the shade honing your skills on steep clean cracks which range anywhere from 5.8 up to 5.11c.

Getting There

From Entrance West pass Keys Corner Parking Lot and then turn right onto the Lost Horse Dirt Road. Park in the second pullout to the left.

Hike basically west, following a faint use trial, across the desert floor, about 15/20 minutes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mel's Diner

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 10
Other Voices
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5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 4
Hurly Burly
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 74
Left Mel Crack
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 7
Pell Mel
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 78
Right Mel Crack
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 3
The Fifth Dimension
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Other Voices
 10
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Hurly Burly
 4
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Left Mel Crack
 74
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Pell Mel
 7
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Right Mel Crack
 78
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
The Fifth Dimension
 3
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
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If you are looking for a crag without people, you can see the Mel Cracks from the main road and Lost Horse rd. If nobody is there, run in and do them. Dec 31, 2004