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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 33.9447, -116.058 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Alan Nelson on Jan 29, 2003
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East Virgin Isles, Joshua Tree NP


The Virgin Islands East are for adventurous souls undeterred by a half-hour hike across the desert. In return, you're rewarded with solitude and fabulous views of the northern reaches of Pleasant Valley. They are composed of a scattering of domes and large boulders nestled at the foot of the Hexie Mountains a mile or so east of the Virgin Islands. Due to remoteness, this area hasn't been developed as fully as other more accessible sites in the Park. Nonetheless, there are a number of fine lines worthy of the walk.

Crack-masters (and mistresses) will love Castaway (5.11c) a splitter 30' fingers to chimney roof crack on the underside of a boulder. Those with big guns and small fingers will enjoy Buried Treasure (5.11b), Carribean Cruise (5.11c) and The Marathon Crack (5.12a) a group of finger-wrecking test-pieces. Multi-disciplinary honemasters will get a thrill out of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (5.11b R) which mixes a marginally protected 5.9 crack start with an improbable sport-bolted vertical 5.11 face. More moderate routes abound, many still awaiting the effort of a first ascent.

Getting There 

Drive down the Geology Tour road to the first tour stop pullout on the right after passing the Virgin Islands. Hike straight east across the desert. Keep walking until you get there. It is useful to back-sight during the approach to relocate your car on the retreat - otherwise you might wind up a half-mile down the hill when you reach the Geology Tour road. A slightly longer alternative is to park for the Virgin Islands, walk through the middle of the domes to their eastern edge, then head southeast to the Virgin Islands East.

Climbing Season

For the Geology Tour Road area.

Weather station 13.0 miles from here

20 Total Climbing Routes

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Rock Climbing Photo: Castaway from the side

Castaway 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Titanic
This is a short roof crack that splits the large boulder leaning against the main crag. The first ascentionists declared this to be one of the top 5 cracks in Josh.... whether or not you agree, it is a cool route and worth the walk....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: East Virgin Islands. Photo by Blitzo.
East Virgin Islands. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: East Virgin Islands. Photo by Blitzo.
East Virgin Islands. Photo by Blitzo.
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By Donno
From: Newport Beach
Dec 27, 2004
If you park near the Virgin Islands, plan a 1 hr hike to get thru the domes and out to the EVI's.
By Will S
From: Joshua Tree
Dec 13, 2010
Just a note for approaching these. The Vogel map SUCKS. If you actually contour around and near the edge of the Lechlinski Cracks formation, as Vogel map shows, and continue near the formations further back it will take you way too far toward the north. Instead, facing the Lechlinksi cracks from the road, head toward about're going toward the big mountain ridge. When I say "mountain" I mean mountain...not a little hill or a stack of rocks/dome.

I parked right in front of the Lechlinski crack and it was about 30min out to the near formations like Hone Dome and maybe 45 to Pac Man rock.

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