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Areas in Rattlesnake Canyon

Bulkhead, The 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Cactus City 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Central Library, The 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Chocolate Corridor 2 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Commissioner's Buttress 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Corral Wall 30 / 3 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 36
Dark Continent, The 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Detached Wall 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Double Cracks 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Ghost Town 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Iceberg Boulder 4 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Indian Country 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
KD Boulder, The 1 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Lower Dodge City 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Medicine Bow 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Mini-Mall 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Morrissey Crag, The 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Polka Dot Wall, The 12 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Ponderosa Wall / Black Tower 7 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Pyramid, The 8 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Rattlesnake Buttress 9 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Rattlesnake Forks Notch 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Rattlesnake Wash Hillside 2 / 22 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 24
Somewhere n00b 3 / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Spanish Key 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Top of the Falls 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Udi Buttress Area 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Upper Dodge City 4 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Valley of Kings, The 21 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 25
Vernal Walls 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Vernulator, The 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2

Description

Covers the large canyon at the southeast corner of Indian Cove as well as the hillside above the picnic area. Approaches range from minutes to well over an hour depending upon the crag.

Getting There

From the vicinity of the Short Wall drive east and then south to a large parking area at the end of the road. A well-worn trail heads east (towards the hillside) through some rocks to gain a wash which is followed south with some occasional boulder hopping. When an open area is reached you can make a right to the Corral Wall or continue straight ahead (south) to reach the start of Rattlesnake Canyon. Pass the waterfall on the right, continue on (passing the Mini-Mall) and the wash will start to head west as you enter Rattlesnake Canyon proper.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Rattlesnake Canyon

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5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 44
Taken for Granite
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 47
200 Motels
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Canadian Driftwood (aka The Man…
Trad 2 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 44
Exfoliation Confrontation
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 48
Six-Gun by My Side
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 29
Firewater Chimney
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 47
Party in the Desert
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 24
Party till Ya' Puke
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 24
Boortemus
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 5
Todd Gordon Memorial Chossy Pile…
Sport, TR
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 5
Frontier Justice
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 4
Powered by Old English
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 6
The Last Stand
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 5
Eureka!
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 3
South of Heaven
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Taken for Granite Rattlesnake Buttress
 44
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
200 Motels Rattlesnake Buttress
 47
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Canadian Driftwood (aka The… Upper Dodge City
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 2 pitches
Exfoliation Confrontation Corral Wall > Corral Wall - Right Side
 44
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Six-Gun by My Side Corral Wall > Corral Wall - Left Side
 48
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Firewater Chimney Valley of Kings > Arrowhead
 29
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Party in the Desert Corral Wall > Corral Wall - Left Side
 47
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Party till Ya' Puke Corral Wall > Corral Wall - Left Side
 24
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Boortemus Iceberg Boulder
 24
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Todd Gordon Memorial Chossy… Somewhere n00b
 5
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, TR
Frontier Justice Lower Dodge City
 5
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Powered by Old English Valley of Kings > Lynch Crag
 4
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
The Last Stand Valley of Kings > Arrowhead
 6
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Eureka! Rattlesnake Buttress
 5
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
South of Heaven Valley of Kings > Slatanic Area
 3
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
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Joshua Tree, CA
BRegan   Joshua Tree, CA
Due to wildlife activity, the climbs surrounding the Slatanic Area are temporarily closed starting 2/15/2018. The closure will remain until June 15, 2018. Areas included are: Slatanic Area including: Witch Hunt, South of Heaven, Rattlesnake Buttress, Rattlesnake Forks, Margaret Thatcher Spire, The Stepping Stones, The Bulkhead, The DunceCap, Commissioner’s Buttress, and
Corrugated Wall. Please take this time to enjoy the other hundreds of formations in Joshua Tree National Park. Hiking routes through Rattlesnake Canyon will remain open. Questions or comments: bernadette_regan@nps.gov, michael_vamstad@nps.gov Feb 15, 2018

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