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Hall of Horrors ♦ 2013 Jan 31. Wayfarers, “Bucko” & Murbachi
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HALL OF HORRORS is situated in the eastern side of Lost Horse Valley. Heavily populated with tourist attractions, the area includes:
- North: The Comic Book Area, Barker Dam, Piano Valley, Echo Rocks, Hidden Valley Campground, Hidden Valley, Intersection Rock, Turtle Rock
- West: View of San Jacinto Peak (10,834ft El.), Juniper Flats
- South: Keys View Road, Cap Rock, Ryan Campground, Ryan Ranch, Headstone Rock
- East: Sheep Pass, Ryan Mountain, Cave Corridor (at Ryan Mtn. parking lot), Saddle Rocks, Cowboy Crags, and The Oyster Bar
As you can tell from this brief list, lots to see! Hall of Horrors proper is located west of the old Sheep Pass Loop Road, now Park Blvd., and lies across the road from Saddle Rocks. Both areas use the same parking lot.
Notice the wide gap between South Horror Rock on the left, and its companion, North Horror Rock in the image below. It stands to reason sane rock climbers and insane high wire acrobats have also noticed this. From time to time, often as a publicity stunt, a cable will be strung between the two and some daredevil will walk across it! Courtesy of Google Images and Summitpost.org, here is one such crossing (click to enlarge) →
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2D Hall of Horrors from Saddle Rocks
Hall of Horrors, due to its extent, has been divided by the rock climbing community into discreet groups of South & North Horror Rock, Den of Doom, Hall of Horrors East & West Walls, “Real” Hall of Horrors (a narrow corridor behind “Jessica’s Crack”), an area called Hall of Horrors Bouldering, and finally King Dome. A few hundred yards north of King Dome there rises a low hill or knoll which I have found an advantageous 360-degree panoramic photo opportunity. The entire Lost Horse Valley can be seen from here.
I visited the knoll 2013 Apr 1 and found it to be agreeable for 3D photography. From its surroundings, the knoll reveals that the entire area from Saddle Rocks through Hall of Horrors to the remnant monzogranite boulders littering the top of the rise are all part of one structure.
2D From from the Knoll
Looking SE. The Hall of Horrors is below, while Saddle Rocks juts out from the hillside behind.
Distant View of Hall of Horrors
Early on the morning of Jan. 2, 2014, my friend E! and I visited Johnny Lang’s gravestone near the access road to Lost Horse Mine. From a close-by hill, we took some nice pictures looking north, one of which includes Ryan Campground and Headstone Rock, with the area immediately beyond (at right) called The Oyster Bar, and further back and off-center slightly, the low Hall of Horrors inselbergs that, from a distance, hide their impressive feet-on-the-ground complexity. I find that viewing an area from different angles gives one a much better sense of its surroundings. To the right is Ryan Mountain. Headstone Rock is clearly visible in the near distance. (Click to Enlarge)
Trek Date 2013 Jan 31. With Jim “Bucko” Clutterbuck & Murbachi.
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Enjoy Hall of Horrors. More to come. Thank you!
Posted 2014 Nov 10
Updated 2016 Oct 9