The Outback ♦ West Part 1

The Hot Tub Area

Return to Hidden Valley Campground

(2D images and Slideshow first. 3D Galleries further down the page will require redcyan glasses to see the full 3D effect. Click Photos to Enlarge.)

On this Page: Part 1

  • Steve Canyon, west face
  • Watanobe Wall
  • The Hot Tub
  • Cereal Rock
  • Hitman Rock

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Outaback, West Part 2

  • The Aviary
  • Watts Towers
  • X-Factor Dome
  • Labor Dome
  • The Heap

Steve Canyon and Blob Bouldering Area

Tidal Wave Bouldering Area

WHILE TRAVELING PARK BOULEVARD from the West Entrance to Hidden Valley Campground, extensive inselberg clusters begin to close in on your field of view. This is the western edge of Wonderland of Rocks. Your avenue seems to be curving through a canyon of strange and often times ominous-looking formations. Many are 100, 200, and even 300ft high.

HVCamp 06 Outback West AviaryAlong the right-hand side, Park visitors will encounter an area known as Hemingway, with its various rock climbing hills, domes, crags, towers, cliffs, roosts, tiers, dihedrals, pillars, piles, pinnacles, points, climbables, cracks, canyons, nests, quarries, faces, corridors, terraces, buttresses, grottoes, boulders, blocks, clumps, aiguilles, isles, clumps and walls. (Pardon me if I missed a few. I grow feeble.) Opposite Hemingway, the east or left-hand side of Park Blvd. begins with a set of similar clusters that are featured in this Gallery.

HVCamp 07d Outback West LaborThe first of these is a triplet. As usual, the hills and rock piles have been given odd, often times humorous nicknames by early rock climbers. This initial group includes The Aviary, Watts Towers, and X-Factor Dome which will be found in Part 2.

Moments later, another set begins. You have arrived at the Western edge of what Park maps describe as “The Outback.” Part 1 of The Outback, which is covered here, lies just north of the grounds forming one of the most popular campsites in Joshua Tree National Park: Hidden Valley Campground. From Hitman Rock to Steve Canyon, this group stretches along the road for half a mile or so. Across the way are the Roadside Rocks which delineate Hidden Valley’s outer boundary (“Real Hidden Valley” as it is sometimes listed in brochures and park guides).

They all lie on the west face of the west side of the Steve Canyon complex. For a detailed 2D/3D Gallery of Steve Canyon, click HERE and a new tab in your browser will open.

2D The Outback’s Main West-facing Formations

HVCamp 05 Outback WestDue to the complex nature of this area, the present 3D selection is one of several Outback Galleries. Beyond Steve Canyon in the above photograph, lies Hidden Valley Campground with its famous The Blob, The Old Woman, and Intersection Rock among others, most of which are covered in the main Gallery set.

HVCamp 07e Outback West Steve CanyonPart Two of the Western area will include The Aviary to Labor Dome, lying just to the north of Hitman Rock.

(The remainder of The Outback—the sections from Patagonia Pile to Rock Hudson and beyond—will fill two further Galleries. Steve Canyon proper with its boulders, and the nearby Tidal Wave Bouldering area are also covered in separate 2D/3D Galleries.)

Because this area gets heavy foot-traffic, the Park Service has been replanting the thin spots with new starters. Step carefully to avoid disturbing the seedlings, or remain on the obvious paths nearest the climbing formations whenever possible.


2D Unlabeled Originals of the Above

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John Murbach


Posted 2015 Sep 11

Updated 2017 Nov 7