Elevation: 4,200 ft
GPS: 34.019, -116.166 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: C Miller on Dec 27, 2009 · Updates
Admins: Greg Opland, C Miller, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen

Description

Guarding the mouth of Steve Canyon and facing The Orc Wall is this popular west-facing wall with a dozen or so crack and face climbs from 5.4 to 5.12b with half in the 5.10+ and under range. The normal descent is a 70' rappel from bolts atop King Pin .

Some of the better routes here include Skinny Pin (5.4 R), Skinny Dip (5.7 R), Sidewinder (5.10b), Diamondback (5.10c), Invisible Touch (5.10d) and Jumping Jack Crack (5.11a).

Routes from left to right:

Skinny Dip (5.7 R)
Invisible Touch (5.10d)
King Pin (5.11a)
Skinny Pin (5.4 R)
Jumping Jack Crack (5.11a)
Venucian Fece (5.11a)
Sidewinder (5.10b)
Diamondback (5.10c)
Kingsnake (5.12b)
Rattle and Hum (5.11d)
Munchkin Land (5.10d)

Getting There

Two approaches for getting to the mouth of Steve Canyon are as follows:

Approach from the large lot at Hidden Valley Campgound walk along the west face of the Old Woman using a well-worn trail which leads directly to the mouth of Steve Canyon proper.

Park in one of several paved turnouts along Park Blvd. a short distance to the north of the turn into the Hidden Valley CG parking lot and follow a marked trail east to the mouth of Steve Canyon. The west face of Sidewinder Rock and it's distinctive slanting dike system is a good landmark.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sidewinder Rock - West Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a X
 3
Skinny Pin
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R
 91
Skinny Dip
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 227
Sidewinder
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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 6
Diamondback
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5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 26
Invisible Touch
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5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 64
Jumping Jack Crack
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5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 18
King Pin
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Skinny Pin
 3
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a X Trad
Skinny Dip
 91
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R Trad
Sidewinder
 227
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad
Diamondback
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad
Invisible Touch
 26
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Jumping Jack Crack
 64
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
King Pin
 18
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
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