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Love Nest Area Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: C Miller on Dec 17, 2003


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Saddle Rocks from Love Nest Area. Photo by Blitzo.


This area is a group of rocks across the road from Cap Rock which offers approximately 15 routes from 5.8 crack to 5.12a face scattered over several different formations. The approach varies from 5-10 minutes typically, with the Love Nest having the shortest approach and being the most popular.

Several excellent sport routes are found on the Love Nest proper in a sunny, south-facing locale with a minmimal approach. The climbs Shakin' Like Milk (5.11b), We Don't Need No Stinking Badges (5.11c) and Boy's Don't Cry (5.12a) are all recommended and must-do sport climbs for the grade.

Further afield are a number of routes up blocks and boulders, with Test Fire (5.10a) a nice finger crack and Thin Vice (5.11c) a short but technical seam being standouts.

Getting There 

The best approach is to park in a pullout due west of the formation and follow a worn path five minutes east to The Love Nest. The parking area is almost directly across from where the old Lost Horse road comes out, and a stop sign will be noticeable to the observant.

The Thin Vice area is reached by walking east, past the Love Nest and then turning north to skirt the boulders on the right. See that page for additional approach information.

The Test Fire Boulder is a large, round boulder on the north end of the boulder pile and is easily reached by walking counterclockwise around the entire boulder clump.

Climbing Season

For the Planet X Area area.

Weather station 11.0 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Depumping on the flake. Photo by Tony Sartin.

We Don't Need No Stinking Badges 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Love Nest
This is the left route on the Love Nest proper and follows a line more or less up the left arete/face. Start off a block on the left arete of the formation and make airy moves around the corner via face moves and a short hand crack. The crux comes soon after and involves a thin face traverse to the right with a balancy slab section guarding the anchors at the top. Steep moves down low with a challenging and balancy upper section make this another great route for this area. Three stars out of f...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Vernon Stiefel
Dec 18, 2003
The routes that CM describes are indeed excellent sport climbs! Many thanks to Paul Borne for his hard work at The Love Nest AND other areas in the Park!

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