Type: Trad, 35 ft
FA: Todd Gordon & Alan Bartlett, March 1988
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Shared By: C Miller on Jul 1, 2005
Admins: C Miller, Greg Opland, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Climbs the featured thin crack to a wide finish in a prominent v-slot. Good gear placements abound and the wide bit at the top is just pulling on creaky jugs.

Downclimb to climber's left and take care, because while easy it's somewhat exposed. Perhaps best to lower or rap off for less-experienced and/or timid climbers.

One star out of five (maybe).


Left of center on the Minotaur Wall between Divine Wind on the left and Fantasy of Light to the right.


Gear to 3"


steve p
Scotia, New York
steve p   Scotia, New York
Great route - grabbing the "horns" to top out is pretty cool. Apr 22, 2006
Ryan Kelly
Ryan Kelly   work.
Climbs the smaller detached rock infront of the main wall. Climb up to the v-notch with two "hornz". No point in continuing through and up the backwall IMHO, uninteresting climbing on poor rock. Feb 10, 2008
Portland, OR
Obi   Portland, OR
Seems like there is some confusion between Vogel's full Jtree guide and his Jtree West guide re: which line is the minotaur. After talking to a couple of people, I feel like I have to agree with Ryan Kelly that the route is on the detached wall a little bit in front of Atlantis Wall proper. Oct 20, 2008
mmurduff Mic  
Worth doing for the top out moves. Also a good line to get up and set TR on adjacent routes. The down climb is sketchy at best and warrants serious consideration of getting on or off this route. I hope to see a rappel anchor up there some day. Not recommended for the inexperienced Joshua Tree down climber. Oct 30, 2012
The photo shown here doesn't look like the route I climbed using the beta from Vogel's full JTree guide. Nodding at mmurduff's comment, this was definitely not an obvious downclimb and we had a rather unpleasant rap down. I don't think the climb was worth the sketchy adventure getting down, though a more experienced JTree climber will likely differ. (Shoutout to Brooks: I have some good photos of you on this - shoot me a message if interested.) Mar 23, 2013
yeah, the old vogel guide has the line starting on minotaur and ending on the wall behind it. confusing.

short, but really fun, esp. the top out.

a slightly sketchy reverse mantle move to descend Apr 16, 2013
Reno, NV
Ancent   Reno, NV
Two stuck stoppers evening spaced near the bottom and middle make the start of the climb feel like a sport climb. I tried to get them out but they are pretty stuck. Great holds the whole climb.

I agree with others about the sketchy descent. Some webbing and a ring slung around one of the hanging boulders would make an easy and safe rappel option. Something to consider for those who head there next... Aug 16, 2015
San Diego, CA
BrianAustin   San Diego, CA
Went off Vogel guide where the photo seems to indicate that the route finishes on the back wall (Atlantis Wall). After pulling over the horns, I walked over the boulder and continued up the crack to the climber's left of an easy, shallow trough. Not hard, but not worth bringing up the follower imo (the descent from here looked like you had to walk several exposed meters on top of Atlantis Wall to access that usual walk down). I down climbed the easy trough and returned to belay above the horns (comfy and secure spot).

The down climb off Minotaur Wall has a few exposed moves, but an experienced J tree climber should have no issue navigating this. Lower newbies off the route.

Decent and short lead for new 5.7 leaders. Much opportunity for active and passive pro. Jan 5, 2018
Olympia, WA
Drederek   Olympia, WA
I really liked this, a lot of fun and varied for a shorter climb. At least the downclimb isn't harder than the pitch! I gave it a 5.7 instead of 5.6 because the sixes are usually harder than the 7's at JT Apr 3, 2018
Seth Largo
Kearney, Nebraska
Seth Largo   Kearney, Nebraska
Go up the shallow trough (4th class) across from the top of the route to gain the top of Atlantis Wall. From the top of there, go climber's right and walk a ways, then descend to your left into the very easy gully (i.e., the normal descent for Atlantis Wall). No sketchy down climb necessary. Oct 12, 2018