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Jimmy Cliff - South Face

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Jimmy Cliff - South Face Rock Climbing 

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The south face of Jimmy Cliff is the smallest and only holds a handful of routes which get sun for most of the day. Of the routes here Downpour (5.8), Thin Flakes (5.9+) and Rat Race (5.11a R) are the best and perhaps worth a visit if climbing in the area.

Getting There 

There are three different ways to approach Jimmy Cliff, but perhaps the easiest approach is to park as near the gate on the Lost Horse Road as possible, hike west along the dirt road until the Ranger Station comes into view and then make a left which leads along the west face of the formation.

Another approach is via a well-defined trail which leads southeast past the Atlantis Area and then heads southwest to the formation just past the Aguille De Joshua Tree.

It's also possible to approach by hiking past the Houser Buttress Area and then following the trail as it heads northwest to the crag.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.8 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

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Featured Route For Jimmy Cliff - South Face
Rock Climbing Photo: Rat Race, 5.11-, R

Rat Race 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Jimmy Cliff - South Face
This route climbs an attractive arete high on the south end of Jimmy Cliff. Scramble to a small platform at the base of the arete. The crux, at the first bolt, is well protected but the climbing remains sustained (5.10) to the next bolt about 10' higher. A fall getting to the second bolt would probably result in decking on the platform. After the second bolt the climbing eases considerably past one more bolt to the top. Three out of five stars for great rock quality and position. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Kyle Wills
From: Chicago, IL
Dec 22, 2015
Went here to climb Downpour and Thin Flakes after take some new climbers to the Aiguille. Was with a group of 5 and three were not solid jtree technical scramblers. We did a lot of bushwhacking and ended up giving up on the approach.

The climbs are about 100ft above the desert floor and there are multiple 9-15 ft technical sections that would require confident solo'ing or roping up. Mixed with the preponderance of thorny bushes at the base making even flaking out the rope a frustrating experience. I still plan on hitting these climbs eventually but will try approaching via a West face route and moving across the top.

Anyone tried this?

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