Elevation: 5,231 ft
GPS: 34.389, -117.062 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: C Miller on Sep 15, 2020
Admins: C Miller, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

The Grapevine is an area east of Juniper Flats with numerous formations scattered about a high plateau overlooking the desert and was developed in the late 1980's/early 1990's by Brian Elliot and friends as an alternative to Joshua Tree NP.

The rock is generally quite good, similar in quality to Joshua Tree, and sometimes has angular knobs making for interesting climbing; there are a number of nice cracks in the area as well.

Over 150 routes are here with cracks, faces, aretes and spires spread across half a dozen separate areas -

  • Committee Crag Area - Notable for the right leaning Committee Crack (5.10c).
  • Seam Crag Area - Nuclear Meltdown (5.11a) a crack over a roof to face, Ultimatum (5.11a) and Armageddon (5.12a) an overhanging hand crack are all recommend.
  • Cap Rock Area - Prismatic Diffraction (5.9+) a sharp arête, I can Fall, but I can Climb Much Faster (5.10c) a steep slab, Doctor Octopus (5.11a) a technical stemming groove and Stellar Eggs (5.11c) a crack to technical face are classics.
  • The Kennel - Don't miss Right Thinking Dogs (5.10c) a fun crack.
  • Physics Rock Area - F=MA (5.10b), Critical Mass (5.10d) and No Prisoners (5.11b) are all excellent face climbs.
  • The Far Side - Don't miss Killer Crack (5.10+) and The Contortionist (5.10d) a tricky face.

Getting There

Approach off Hwy 18 and turn onto High Road heading south. Make a right onto Santa Rosa Road and then a left at the wye onto Grapevine Canyon Road. Cross the train tracks and drive uphill until the road levels out where you will reach the eastern edge of the area near Committee Crag. 

The remaining areas are located more to the west and the north. The road is dirt and a high clearance vehicle, preferably 4WD, is highly recommended. Approach times vary from a few minutes to 20+ minutes.

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