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Outhouse Rock - West Face

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Outhouse Rock - West Face Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: C Miller on Oct 18, 2007


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Outhouse rock-West face. Photo by Blitzo.


This large but fairly uninspiring face is centrally located just outside the boundaries of Hidden Valley CG proper but it's lack of any classic routes is one reason for it's lack of popularity.

The half dozen or so routes on this face range in difficulty from 5.4 to 5.10a, although despite the relatively moderate ratings the climbs see little traffic as climbers are drawn to the more interesting climbs on the east face of the formation.

Descent is made from a bolted anchor (70' rap) atop the Northwest Chimney (5.4 R) route.

Getting There 

Walk to the northern apex of the front campground loop and then pick up the well-defined trail which leads into the Outback. The west face of Outhouse Rock will be the large formation on your right and visible the entire time as you approach. It's about a 5-10 minute walk from the bulletin board in Hidden Valley CG.

Climbing Season

For the Outhouse Rock area.

Weather station 9.9 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Outhouse Rock - West Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Outhouse Rock - West Face:
Five-Four-Plus   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Outhouse Rock - West Face
Rock Climbing Photo: "Five-Four-Plus". Photo by Blitzo.

Five-Four-Plus 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Outhouse Rock - West Face
This is a short crack, but it's a terrific one for testing your hand jamming technique. The edge of the crack is rounded, so there is no easy alternative to jamming. A few balancy step-ups take you to the base of the crack. Jam up for a few fun moves, until you are in the wider, lower angle left-slanting part of the crack above. Continue to the top of the rock, and a bolt anchor. Rappel off....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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