Hidden Valley Named Formations

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The Land That Time Forgot Area

This canyon runs northwest from the Brown Wall (illustrated in the photo above) and eventually takes one to the Lost Horse Wall. On the left side are the Cow Rocks; across from them Savvy Dome, left of the Brown Wall on a buttress that falls almost straight into the east side of the wash.


EXAMPLES of the numerous rock-climbing formations in Hidden Valley (also known as “Real Hidden Valley”) are included on this page. (Click to Enlarge)

Hidden Valley Formations

 

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Gateway Rock

This is the east side of the large formation on your left as you walk into Hidden Valley.

Pitted Rock

This large formation is to the right of the trail into Hidden Valley.

Sports Challenge Rock

An excellent formation for climbers, Sports Challenge Rock lies roughly in the central part of Hidden Valley and is considered one of the best (and most popular) rock formations in this area. Numerous climbs have been made on the west face as well as the (often shaded) east side.

Sunset Rock

This small formation is located in front (just west) of the west side of Sports Challenge Rock.


Tumbling Rainbow

Tumbling Rainbow is seen off to your left when you take the left fork of the Nature Trail. According to Miramontes in his rock climbingguide, getting to it requires some steep scrambling just below the base of the wall. Climbs are generally 60ft to 80ft.

The Sentinel

The Sentinel is certainly one of the largest domes in the area, with man long routes on both sides. They range from 75ft to 150ft high.

 

The Thin Wall

Beyond The Sentinel and about 500 yards from entering Hidden Valley on the loop trail you will find this smaller formation, with 50ft to 65ft climbs.

 

Czech Dome


The Land That Time Forgot area

Savvy Dome ♦ Poon Dome ♦ The Cathouse ♦ Lost Horse Wall

This canyon runs northwest from The Brown Wall and eventually takes one to the Lost Horse Wall. On the left side are the cow rocks; across from them Savvy Dome which in the right foreground in this shot. Savvy Dome is immediately left of the Brown Wall on a buttress that falls almost straight into the east side of the wash.

Upper Cow Rock

Upper Cow and Lower Cow Rocks lie at the entrance to The Land That Time Forgot.

 

The Brown Wall

This formation is approximately 500 yards north of Sports Challenge Rock and just east of the terminus of the Nature Trail. A layer of rich brown desert varnish gives it its name.

 

The Great Burrito

This light-colored wall lies about 200 yards north of Elephant Dome with numerous easy to moderately difficult climbs.

 

Elephant Dome

Elephant Dome, a rock with an elephant-shaped flake on the southwest side facing the trail, is located 200 yards north of Sports Challenge Rock. There is one climb recorded: “Pachyderms to Paradise.”

 

Snake Dome

This is the small formation south of Elephant Dome. You will pass it close by while hiking the Nature Trail.


Hidden Tower ♦ West Face

 

Hidden Tower ♦ East Face

One of my favorites in this area, this small tower is to the east of Sports Challenge Rock and just east of the Nature Trail. The formation can also be reached easily from Park Boulevard by walking southwest from one of the convenient turnouts. Climbs are on the east side, unseen by hikers doing the Nature Trail.

 

The Wart

A small formation just east of the trail on your right as you enter Hidden Valley.

 

The Trojan

 

Locomotion Rock

This small crag lies in the extreme southeast corner of Hidden Valley.

 


3D Half Side-by-Side Gallery

Gateway Rock

Pitted Rock

 

Sports Challenge Rock

Sunset Rock

Tumbling Rainbow

The Sentinel

 

The Thin Wall

Czech Dome

Upper Cow Rock

The Brown Wall

The Great Burrito

 

Elephant Dome

Snake Dome

Hidden Tower ♦ West & East Face

 

The Wart

 

The Trojan

Locomotion Rock

 

Thank you again for visiting Joshua Tree 3D Galleries. There are some very photogenic areas in this popular area of the park.

John Murbach

 

Posted 2015 Feb 16

Updated 2017 Nov 9

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