Intersection Rock Rock Climbing
The 'Intersection' between the Earth and the sky. ...
Intersection Rock lies at the crossroads of Quail Springs Road and Hidden Valley Campground. Note that the road has been re-routed to the south side of the formation, which has led to some confusion with first-time visitors trying to mesh guidebook descriptions to locate the routes.
Tony Bubb: "On Intersection Rock, there are three main cracks running diagonally up and left from the base. These are visible from the North side (from the Hidden Valley Campground) and are called, from right to left, Right Ski Track (Upper
), Left Ski Track
, and Half Track
These are plainly visible in the attached photograph."
At 5.3, Upper Right Ski Track
is a rare starred beginner route.
In the 5.6 - 5.8 range, Mike's Books
is a fun 2-pitch route (2nd pitch a bit wide). Overhang Bypass
(5.7) is a fantastic variation to North Overhang
(5.9) - both classics. The Flake
(5.8) is another must do. Lower Right Ski Track
(5.10b) and Left Ski Track
(5.11a) will help to keep your ego in check.
If driving from the Park's West Entrance, park at the newly constructed parking area at Hidden Valley Campground. All routes are easily accessed from here.
Weather station 10.1 miles from here
32 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Intersection Rock
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Intersection Rock:
Underpass 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
The Flake 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Half Track 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Water Chute 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
R Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Billabong 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Shana Grant 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Huevos 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Trapeze 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Featured Route For Intersection Rock
Left Ski Track 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c California
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Intersection Rock
The east face of Intersection Rock is sliced by several left- slanting crack systems (The Ski Tracks), all of which offer good to excellent crack climbing. This route, as the name implies, takes the left-most crack that reaches from the ground all the way to the top in one elegant sweep. While it's certainly possible to break into two pitches, it's recommended to be done as one long pitch. The crux is found early on near a bolt, but stays interesting for a bit longer. Near the halfway mark there...[more] Browse More Classics in California