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Houser Buttress Area Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0103, -116.1711 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jul 12, 2002

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Formations included here include the namesake Houser Buttress , the smaller Dodo Buttress just to the right, the seldom visited Houser Gully and just to the west the small Houser Block.

Some of the more popular climbs here include All Booked Up (5.6), Lucky Lady (5.8), Dummy's Delight (5.9), Loose Lady (5.10a), Ladyfingers (5.10b) and Hidden Arch (5.11d).

Getting There 

A well-marked trail starting from the Real Hidden Valley parking lot leads west along the southern edge of the rocky hillside directly to the Houser Buttress Area. Plan on about 5 minutes for the walk plus a bit more time to reach the base of your chosen route.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.7 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Houser Buttress Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Houser Buttress Area:
All Booked Up   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   Houser Gully
Dummy's Delight   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Houser Buttress
Loose Lady   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Houser Buttress
Ladyfingers   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Houser Buttress
Puss N' Boots   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Houser Buttress
Hidden Arch   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Houser Buttress
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Featured Route For Houser Buttress Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Randy Leavitt, 1981 or so

Hidden Arch 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Houser Buttress
Face climbing past two bolts (5.10) leads to the base of the arch where a fixed pin will be found (small cam placement too). From here insecure chimney/stem moves lead up the flared corner until it widens higher and starts to curve left finally opening up to accept jams. At the crux it is possible to exit the corner and climb the outside face of the arch to bypass some moves-the disadvantage is if you fall you will slam back into the corner. Belay at top from bolted anchor. Rap or down-climb off...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Houser Buttress. Photo by Blitzo.
Houser Buttress. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Houser buttress area. Photo by Blitzo.
Houser buttress area. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Loose Lady
Loose Lady

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By Adam Stackhouse
Apr 23, 2007
As an alternate to the Lost Horse Road, hiking past this area can take one out to the Arid Piles.

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