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Planet X Area

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Crypt, The 
Love Nest Area 
Planet X Pinnacle 

Planet X Area Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 33.9966, -116.156 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Adam Stackhouse, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Aug 26, 2008
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Description 

The open area north of Cap Rock is home to the Planet X Area which contains a number of quality routes as well as the popular Planet X Bouldering.

Notable areas here include the sunny The Love Nest which is home to a handful of quality sport routes in the 5.11 range, the free-standing Planet X Pinnacle which has a great 5.8 crack/face route as well as some other face routes in the 5.9-5.11+ range and The Crypt, a more recently developed area with routes in the 5.7-5.11 range.

Getting There 

Look for a dirt pullout about 1.4 miles from Hidden Valley Campground and 0.3 miles before Cap Rock that's on the left (east) side of the road if coming from Hidden Vally CG.

A well-defined and marked trail leads across the desert to The Love Nest which is visible from the car and on the approach. Hiking east a bit further will get you to Planet X Pinnacle as well as the Planet X Bouldering area. The Crypt lies a bit further east still, although it can also approached from the vicinity of the Hall of Horrors.

Approach times vary from 5-20 minutes depending upon the area.

Climbing Season



Weather station 11.0 miles from here

23 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',1],['5.8',4],['5.9',4],['5.10',4],['5.11',6],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Planet X Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Planet X Area:
Planet X   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Planet X Pinnacle
Planet Y   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Planet X Pinnacle
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Featured Route For Planet X Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Midway up on Planet Y.

Planet Y 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Planet X Pinnacle
This route is on the west face and climbs a crack to face past a bolt that leads directly to the rap anchors for the formation.Climb the heavily featured crack until it dies out, where a combination of sidepulls and grainy edges gains a bolt which protects a long move to a visibly flexing flake the size of a hardcover book...gingerly pull down and not out on the flake and make the final moves to the anchors.A fun climb with some intricate movement that's easily toproped from the anchors if you d...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Planet X Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: A good look at the thin start. Photo by Tony Sarti...
A good look at the thin start. Photo by Tony Sarti...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jessy Kronenberg on Planet Y
Jessy Kronenberg on Planet Y
Rock Climbing Photo: Checking the guidebook...
Checking the guidebook...
Rock Climbing Photo: Planet X Area, Joshua Tree NP
Planet X Area, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: An overview of the Planet X Area, Joshua Tree NP
An overview of the Planet X Area, Joshua Tree NP

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