Hill With A View

At Hall of Horrors

Hall of Horrors Main Index

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2D ♦ 3D Anaglyph ♦ 3D Half Side-by-Side

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Trek date: 2013 Apr 1

Hall of Horrors HillTO SAY THIS MOUND RISES TO THE OCCASION might sound like hyperbole. But it does for 3D Murbachi. Hill, Knoll, Mound, Hillock, Hummock—take your pick—according to my Topographical Map, this bump on the landscape is 4,361ft Elevation above sea level. Google Earth demurs, and says 4,335ft. Half a catty, eight taels! Let’s say we split the difference. Three-quarters of a mile WNW at Turtle Rock the ground level is lower: 4,166ft El. So I guess that one of those names applies. Location is a 15 minute walk from the Hall of Horrors parking lot. Click to Enlarge →

One hill is as good as any—except this is the only one handy for my 3D purposes, which is to say, to record Hall of Horrors and Lost Horse Valley from a vantage point few have done. The small hill has no name. I noticed it when Bucko and I walked through Hall of Horrors; piqued my interest. Early on, I had learned that any sort of elevation off the flat plain at Joshua Tree National Park can give a splendid 3D experience. Three months after learning it was there, I returned for a solo two-hour photography session. The main focus was around King Dome and the hilltop.

I doubt if many people go there. Why should they? It is off the beaten path. In fact, there is no path beyond King Dome, beaten or otherwise. And a kilometer one-way from the parking lot? No footprints were visible in the sand from previous visitors as I climbed the thing. Yet with a 360-degree sweep of Lost Horse Valley, it drew me to it like a bee to a flower. Best of all, I learned a thing or two about beautiful JTNP standing on top of that hill. Perhaps you will too! Enjoy the sometimes laughable names assigned to the places and features in the next group of photos.

Things to See

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2D Slideshow ♦ Joshuas Blooming

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3D Anaglyph Gallery ♦ East Side


3D Half Side-by-Side Gallery ♦ East Side


West Wall, West Face

Climbers on top. Routes listed in Vogel are: “Holds to Hollywood,” “Ledges to Laundale,” “Buckets to Burbank,” “Pullups to Pasadena,” and “Hanging Hungover.” Ignoring the fact the town of Lawndale in California is spelled with a W (corrected on the Mountain Project website), I watched the pair of adventuresome young people climb this steep wall with two horizontal cracks running across it—”full of large buckets,” says Randy Vogel, meaning tafoni depressions. From the position of the ropes—enlarge the 2D image—and referring to Vogel’s rock climbing book again, it appears they chose “Ledges to Lawndale” as their route. In the photo, she is just about to rappel down.

2D ♦ 3D Anaglyph ♦ 3D Half Side-by-Side

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Hall of Horrors west side wider angle, Saddle Rocks beyond



3D Anaglyph Gallery ♦ King Dome Area

This first 3D Anaglyph is the East Face of King Dome (use red-cyan glasses to view). A tall formation, it sits all alone in the desert to the northwest of the main Hall of Horrors Area and can be a nice place to escape to if there are crowds there. Some of the East Face’s 11 rock climbs are “Cosmic Dance of Sheba,” “Aztec Twostep,” “Arturo’s Special,” “Tiptoe To Topanga,” and the excruciatingly challenging “Mission Impossible,” and “Friction Impossible.” There are three climbs on the West Face.

King Dome at Hall of Horrors


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3D Half Side-by-Side ♦ King Dome Area



3D Anaglyph Gallery ♦ Hill With a View



3D Half Side-by-Side Gallery ♦ Hill with a View

(Suitable for 3D TV viewing. Half Side-by-Sides avoid the minor Anaglyph anomalies that can occur. Click images to enlarge. 1080p resolution. Or Windows users, right-click and choose SAVE LINK AS. Larger size & complete JPG sets available on request. Also, I have made slideshows of these in H-SBS MP4 1080p format for 3D TVs.)


I appreciate your visiting Joshua Tree 3d. Check back regularly for updates. And I hope you enjoyed the Hill With A View. — John Murbach

Posted 2014 Nov 11

Updated 2017 Nov 9


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