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The Arctic Circle

California > Joshua Tree NP > Joshua Tree Bou… > Queen Mtn Bould… > Queen Mtn Base
Access Issue: Day use area Details

Description

The Arctic Circle is a remote area southeast of Queen Mountain's base which offers a good selection of problems from V-easy to V5. Unfortunately the rock quality is not on par with the other areas nearby but The Iceberg is an interesting boulder with it's unique crystals.

Highlights here include the Bounty Hunter Arete (V0+), Intrusion Face (V1), Survivalist (V2), Particle Accelerator (V3), Side Dish (V4) and Anti-Matter (V5 R).

Getting There

From the parking circle hike east along the southern edge of some low hills aiming for a spot just south of some prominent white crags (The White Cliffs) at the base of Queen Mountain. As you get closer head for some dark boulders atop a hill. The approach takes 30-45 minutes.

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Knobs.<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
[Hide Photo] Knobs. Photo by Blitzo.
San Jacinto from The Arctic Circle.<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
[Hide Photo] San Jacinto from The Arctic Circle. Photo by Blitzo.
The entrance to the main Arctic Circle boulders.<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
[Hide Photo] The entrance to the main Arctic Circle boulders. Photo by Blitzo.
Arctic Circle.<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
[Hide Photo] Arctic Circle. Photo by Blitzo.
Weird Swirls in the rock.<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
[Hide Photo] Weird Swirls in the rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Plates.<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
[Hide Photo] Plates. Photo by Blitzo.
A little spire in the area.<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
[Hide Photo] A little spire in the area. Photo by Blitzo.
The White Cliffs as seen on the approach to The Arctic Circle.<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
[Hide Photo] The White Cliffs as seen on the approach to The Arctic Circle. Photo by Blitzo.
On the approach.<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
[Hide Photo] On the approach. Photo by Blitzo.
Wide Crack Boulders.<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
[Hide Photo] Wide Crack Boulders. Photo by Blitzo.
A random formation.<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
[Hide Photo] A random formation. Photo by Blitzo.
Weird black rocks.<br>
Photo by Blitzo.
[Hide Photo] Weird black rocks. Photo by Blitzo.