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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',6],['2 Stars',6],['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: Me getting started up Loose Lady.

Loose Lady 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Houser Buttress
Seven bolts protect steep edges/smears up this exposed and fun route with the crux coming early on. Well protected, but not quite a sport route. A bolted anchor/rap is on top (90'). Take care if using a 50 meter rope and rap down the center of the formation, not down the route, as it's more than 80' down the route.A standout climb with a short approach, exciting friction and great position make this a very popular route, so plan accordingly. loooooooose lady... photo by Eric Horst ...[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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