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Rock Hudson Rock Climbing 

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Location: 34.02117, -116.1629 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jul 13, 2002

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A large formation with some popular routes including the classic Hot Rocks (5.11b) a tricky seam to widening crack. Other good routes include Looney Tunes (5.9) a hands to chimney crack and Stand and Deliver (aka Spanish Bombs) (5.12a) a thin edge climb to test your crimping. Most climbs are on the southwest face so expect lots of sun although there are some good climbs to be done on the north and east faces.

Getting There 

Approach is via an easy walk northeast from either the front or back loop of Hidden Valley Campground. It lies about 150 yards north of Outhouse Rock, which lies at the apex of the front loop and just to the north of The Wall/leftside (Hands Off is here). The approach takes about 10-15 minutes from the parking lot in Hidden Valley.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.8 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Rock Hudson

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Rock Hudson:
Looney Tunes   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Hot Rocks   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Stand and Deliver (aka Spanish Bombs)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Hot Rocks 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Rock Hudson
There are two starts to the climb - 1) climb the seam directly with no protection, or 2) climb past a bolt just right of the seam. Either way thin and delicate slab moves gain a stance where you can get some gear in. From here lieback and jam up a thin crack (crux) to a horizontal, after which the crack widens and enjoyable jamming past a steep bulge leads to the top. Descend by walking down the south shoulder (climber's right). A true Josh classic with varied, interesting moves up a clean face....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: The east side of Rock Hudson, Joshua Tree NP
The east side of Rock Hudson, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Rock Hudson. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Hudson. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: The northwest side of Rock Hudson, Joshua Tree NP
The northwest side of Rock Hudson, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Rock Hudson. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Hudson. Photo by Blitzo.

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