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Elevation: 4,190 ft 1,277 m
GPS: 34.01591, -116.18946
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Shared By: Brian Reynolds on Feb 10, 2003
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Although it is relatively small, the S-Crack Formation's slightly overhang and constantly shaded dark rock give it a slightly ominous appearance on first glance. This is a great little crag, however -- if not for its relatively remote location out past the Lost Horse Ranger Station, it would probably get a lot more traffic than it does. The solid, well-textured rock is some of the best I've climbed on in Joshua Tree.

The centerpiece of the wall are (surprise, surprise), the Left, Middle, and Right S-Cracks, which go at 5.8, 5.11, and 5.9, respectively. (To be perfectly fair, the Middle S Crack is the only one that's really shaped like an S, but I'm willing to overlook that if you are ...) A small pinnacle just to the left offers another 5.11 and a couple more climbs in the 5.8/5.9 range.

The S-Cracks are a bit of a hike, and don't get much traffic, making them a great destination for crowded weekends. They face north-northwest, so the climbs are in the shade most of the day. There's an easy walk-off back and west from the top of the main formation.

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Park on the Lost Horse Road, at the point where the gate prevents you from driving any further. This parking area is shared with Atlantis, Super Creeps, and a host of other formations, and it usually fills up early. Continue hiking down the road past the gate. After 5-10 minutes, the road turns left and passes below the Lost Horse Ranger Station. Keep walking, keeping to the right at a fork, going up the dirt road to the right of a weather station. 

In a couple more minutes, the road will start to loop back around to the right and the S-Crack Formation will appear on your left. A short cross-country walk will get you to the base of the climbs. This formation is approximately 250 yards south of the weather station. If you keep walking up the dirt road for a few more minutes, you'll find a small picnic area and a pit toilet).

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Classic Climbing Routes at S-Crack Formation

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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Right S Crack
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5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
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Right S Crack
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Jingus Con
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5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
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