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The Cranium

California > Joshua Tree NP > Indian Cove > Rattlesnake Canyon > Valley of Kings
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Description

This proud crag is one of the two highest points of "The Valley of the Kings." When standing in the valley and looking up at the "Corregated Wall" it is easily seen up and right and is the highest thing visible. There are two obvious crack systems and to the right of these a big patch of perfect brown varnish.

Getting There

Best approached from the "Rattlesnake Canyon shortcut" (past "Librarian Lust") or from the normal approach, which is all the way up Rattlesnake. If you are at the Witch Hunt, it is the next crag to the south. This whole area is a bit tricky to figure out and usually requires two visits to get the lay of the land.

Routes from Left to Right

5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
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Alchemy
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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The Melon Cracker
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Alchemy
 1
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
The Melon Cracker
 1
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad

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The West Face of The Cranium
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[Hide Comment] What are these two cracks called? What are they rated? Feb 6, 2004