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Hidden Valley Campground Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0162, -116.1614 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: M. Morley on Jun 15, 2002  with updates from Phredward
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Description 

Welcome to Hidden Valley Campground - the Camp 4 of Southern California. HVCG has a high concentration of quality routes and one could potentially spend a week in The Park without ever leaving the campground. As such, the area sees more than it's fair share of traffic. A few considerations and logistics while you're here:

  • Entrance fee (currently $20) is valid for 7 days of purchase. Camping in the Park is $10/campsite/night, and is on a first-come, first-served basis (no reservations). However, reservations may be made online for group campsites at Indian Cove, Sheep Pass, Cottonwood, and Black Rock Campgrounds through the NPS Reservation Center. More about camping....

  • Weekends are crowded during peak season! With its proximity to Los Angeles and San Diego, the Park draws more than 1 million visitors annually. Plan accordingly and have a backup plan if the campgrounds are full. There are numerous inexpensive motels in the nearby towns of Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and 29 Palms.

  • There are no gas stations in the Park itself. There are two gas stations in the town of Joshua Tree - a Valero on the corner of Park and Hwy 62 and at a Circle K (no diesel) which is a block to the east. Yucca Valley, 6 miles west of town on Hwy 62, has many gas stations to choose from with most having lower prices than the ones in Joshua Tree.

  • There is no running water in the Park. Come prepared with a 5-gallon or more jug if planning on staying more than a day. The last place to fill up is at the West Entrance kiosk, where you'll pay 25 cents for 5 gallons.


  • Cell phones reception is spotty, but good reception can be had at Key's View. There is an ***EMERGENCY ONLY*** phone located at the second bathroom in main loop of Hidden Valley Campground. The closest payphone is at Coyote Corner at the SE corner of Park Blvd and Hwy 62.


Rock Climbing Photo: Olden days! Photo used with permission from T. Yea...
Olden days! Photo used with permission from T. Yeary

Getting There 

HVCG is located 14 miles SE of the Park's West Entrance along Quail Springs Road (Park Blvd).


Climbing Season



Weather station 10.0 miles from here

160 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',35],['2 Stars',65],['1 Star',53],['Bomb',3]
['<=5.6',28],['5.7',13],['5.8',23],['5.9',12],['5.10',63],['5.11',17],['5.12',3],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Hidden Valley Campground

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hidden Valley Campground:
The Bong   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   The Blob : The Blob - North Face
The Eye   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Cyclops Rock
Mike's Books   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   Intersection Rock
Geronimo   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - East Face
Toe Jam   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - East Face
Overhang Bypass   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 100'   Intersection Rock
Double Cross   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face
Hands Off   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   The Wall : The Wall - Left Side
The Flake   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Intersection Rock
Dogleg   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face
North Overhang   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Intersection Rock
Sexy Grandma   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face
Orphan   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face
Chalk Up Another One   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   The Wall : The Wall - Right Side
Papa Woolsey   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   The Blob : The Blob - Southeast Face
Lower Right Ski Track   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Intersection Rock
Bearded Cabbage   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - East Face
Hobbit Roof   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Blob : The Blob - West Face
Left Ski Track   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   Intersection Rock
Route 499   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face
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Featured Route For Hidden Valley Campground
Rock Climbing Photo: Surface Tension, 5.10d

Surface Tension 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Cyclops Rock
A classic steep face climb! A difficult and scary sequence leads up to the first bolt (don't fall here!). Sustained, exciting, and somewhat runout climbing goes up from there....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Bird and Brodie launching the Space Pod. Photo: Er...
Bird and Brodie launching the Space Pod. Photo: Er...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kangaroo Rat stuck in a beer bottle. You'll see th...
Kangaroo Rat stuck in a beer bottle. You'll see th...
Rock Climbing Photo: Brett emerging from his long winter hibernation
Brett emerging from his long winter hibernation
Rock Climbing Photo: Old Woman, The Blob, and Hidden Valley Campground ...
Old Woman, The Blob, and Hidden Valley Campground ...
Rock Climbing Photo: My momentary lapse of reason on The Phallus boulde...
My momentary lapse of reason on The Phallus boulde...
Rock Climbing Photo: ???, Joshua Tree NP
???, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset, as viewed from the Old Woman.
Sunset, as viewed from the Old Woman.
Rock Climbing Photo: Campground in the distance
Campground in the distance
Rock Climbing Photo: Hidden Valley Campground September, 2013
Hidden Valley Campground September, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: So peaceful, amazing place, like another planet
So peaceful, amazing place, like another planet
Rock Climbing Photo: Space Station Sunset
Space Station Sunset
Rock Climbing Photo: Outside Hidden Valley. November 2015.
Outside Hidden Valley. November 2015.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunrise @ Hidden Valley
Sunrise @ Hidden Valley
Rock Climbing Photo: Hidden Valley
Hidden Valley
Rock Climbing Photo: View from the campground.
View from the campground.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset from site #2    Hidden Valley Campground
Sunset from site #2 Hidden Valley Campground
Rock Climbing Photo: HVC note board
HVC note board
Rock Climbing Photo: Intersection rock after sunset
Intersection rock after sunset
Rock Climbing Photo: Recycle
Recycle
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset at the Hidden Valley Campground
Sunset at the Hidden Valley Campground
Rock Climbing Photo: Joshua Tree at Sunset.
Joshua Tree at Sunset.
Rock Climbing Photo: Campsite #2
Campsite #2
Rock Climbing Photo: Watching the Sunset after another full day of clim...
Watching the Sunset after another full day of clim...
Rock Climbing Photo: Intersection Rock by moonlight. Hidden Valley Camp...
Intersection Rock by moonlight. Hidden Valley Camp...

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