The Outback ♦ East Part 2

Rock Hudson to Mt. Dutzi

Return to Hidden Valley Campground

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

The extreme northeast end of Hidden Valley Campground’s Outback ends with a natural barrier, two rocky hills known as Dutzi Rock (with many climbing routes) and Mount Dutzi. Beyond this begins the Cohn Ranch (private property, No Tresspassing). A short climb up the shoulder of Mt. Dutzi and you get excellent panorama shots of the area. The view stretches from way over in Piano Valley, across Bighorn Pass, The Comic Book area, Sheep Pass, and Ryan Mountains.


On this Page: Part 2

  • Northeast Outback
  • Peyote Cracks
  • Rock Hudson & Bouldering Rocks
  • Rastafarian Rock
  • Dinosaur Rock
  • Roof Rock, Rollerball, and Anthrax Rock
  • Dutzi Rock & Mt. Dutzi Area

Retrace Your Steps to:

Outback, East Part 1

See also:

The Rusty Wall

LOCATED BEHIND HIDDEN VALLEY CAMPGROUND the eastern quarter of The Outback continues. Additional interesting, indeed photogenic formations stretch across the desert floor. Whereas Patagonia is tightly walled-in by other formations, further east there is more open space. There is even a small alcove similar to The Land that Time Forgot around the southwest base of Mt. Dutzi.

2D Selections

Rock Hudson ♦ East Face, North Face, West Face

It is possible to reach Rock Hudson via the large, oval gravel Echo Rock Parking Area east of Hidden Valley Campground, which serves as the approach for The Candy Bar formations, Echo Rock and Echo Cove, and gives access to the dirt road leading north to the Rusty Wall (included in this Gallery) and (finally) Desert Queen Ranch. The Ranch is also known as Keys Ranch where William Keys built his homestead in the early 20th century.

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Rock Hudson formation was named after the mid-20th century movie star. There are a few climbing routes staked out on the shady eastern side, but the main wall faces west. Should you be approaching from the campground, Rock Hudson is located about 150 yards north of Outhouse Rock. Climbs tend to be easy to somewhat difficult, with the prime route—rated a remarkable 5 stars in Vogel’s Joshua Tree rock climbing book—being “Hot Rocks” 5.11c for difficulty.

Rastafarian Boulder

Rastafarian Boulder

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Rastafarian Boulder

Other routes on the handsome west wall are “Doing that Scrapyard Thing,” “Nereltne” (no, I cannot figure it out either), “Absolute Zero,” “Looney Tunes,” the 100ft high “Stand and Deliver,” “Bolt, A Bashie and A Bolt Mantel,” and finally, “Where Ees De Santa Claus” which can be found on the northeast face of Rock Hudson.

Rock Hudson Boulders can be found at the northwest tip and on the southeast end centered on “White Rastafarian.” According to Miramontes, Rastafarian Boulder is “a JT mega-classic, climbing a jaw-dropping overhanging arête line with a prominent flake/crack system ripping straight through the middle of it all…” He goes on to warn any would-be thrill-seekers, “23ft, with a menacing boulder below.”

Other Rock Hudson Boulders include “Roof Romp,” “Flake Direct,” “Blatant Disregard for Human Safety, “Gizmo,” “How’s Your Papa,” “How’s Your Mama,” “How’s Your Granny,” “Little Sister,” “Speed of Leather,” and “Pigskin.” Several of these boulders are visible in the center photo above.

Finally, we have a lone boulder out on the open desert 100 yards past the campground end loop and 100 yards southeast of “White Rastafarian.” It has FIVE climbs for such a pipsqueak: “Holenoid,” “Paddler,” “Paddler direct,” “Pinhead,” and “Pinhead Traverse.”

Pinhead Boulder

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Peyote Cracks

The Peyote Cracks, difficult east face overhang

The Peyote Cracks, difficult east face overhang

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West Face

East Face

East Face, Bachar Toprope Wall

This outcrop has traditionally been considered part of The Outback. However, the most convenient approach is from Echo Rock Parking Lot; or you may park at one of the first couple of turnouts on Keys Ranch Road and head south to the small formation in the open desert.

The east face is also known as Bachar Toprope Wall. A difficult side to climb, this wall has many short overhanging routes, with such names as “Dimp for a Chimp,” “The Moonbeam Crack,” “Baby Apes,” “Rastafarian,” “Apartheid,” “Tribal Warfare,” “Buffalo Soldier,” and “Take the Pain.”

On the west side, Miramontes lists the following routes, ranging from 5.8 to 5.11 in difficulty: “Left Peyote Crack,” “Middle Peyote Crack,” “Right Peyote Crack,” “Face It,” “When You’re a Poodle,” and “The Zygote.”


Dinosaur Rock

↓  West Face  ♦  North Face  ↓

This small bulge on the desert firmament has a couple of welcome shade trees (small pinyon pines) and boasts two routes on its curvaceous west side with a further four known on the buttress-like, pockmarked northern end. Listed climbs are “Go-Gane,” “Too Loose to Trek,” “Gorgasaurus,” “Dyno-Soar,” “Negasaurus,” and “Goolabunga.” There are also some bouldering areas around it and nearby.

Roof Rock & Rollerball

Roof Rock is 150 yards to the west-northwest of Dinosaur Rock, and is marked by a very large roof, not very high above its floor. It extends inside for about 30 feet. (Roof Rock is on the back side of the Rollerball formation, which faces Wall of Biblical Fallacies.)


Rollerball, west fact back center

Rollerball, west face back center

Routes are all near the left (north) end by the pinyon pine and include “Roller Coaster,” “Rollerball” (earning 4 stars), “Keep the Ball Rolling,” and “Bam Boozler.”

Roof Rock and Rollerball, different angle

Roof Rock and Rollerball, another angle; Wall of Biblical Fallacies behind

Anthrax Rock

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Immediately north of Roof Rock (whose northern extension is visible at far left), rises this exciting boulder pile hosting Anthrax Rock. That’s it there in the shadowy jumble at center—you cannot miss it, directly above the sunlit boulder on the desert floor. Click to enlarge. Pause to admire. What splendor! Those who have a mindset to do so apparently climb the crack along with the smooth face on its right.

The Mountain Project ( people, while complete and very informative in every way as far as their description goes, leave the reader yearning for more: “Anthrax Rock is a nondescript jumble of boulders when viewed from the east. Assuming your [you’re] approaching from near Dinosaur Rock, look for the short, smooth buttress at the right (north) end. Two routes are on this buttress, Mouthful of Gank, 5.10a, and Fistfull of Bush, 5.4.”

In describing the 5.10a climb: “This unremarkable route is as bad as the name sounds and only worth climbing if you’re desperate for a tick* – otherwise keep on walking to nearby Dutzi Rock which offers much better climbing than this pile.” Their description of the 5.4 route is much too indecent to massage even with Roget’s Thesaurus. We’ll leave it there.

Having gone thus far, let me say that further down this page will be found what is possibly the first and only 3D photograph of Anthrax Rock ever seen by Humankind. Chances are excellent that maybe 3 or 4 out of the 7 billion people who inhabit Planet Earth will be delighted to view Murbachi’s Anaglyph 3D Anthrax image. Thank you!

*Tick: slang for “I climbed this route.” (Not to be confused with Dog = “I led this route, but rested on gear or fell on the way up.”)

Dutzi Rock ♦ Mt. Dutzi

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Dutzi Rock (right) and Mt. Dutzi

Mt. Dutzi

Mt. Dutzi

Dutzi Rock

Dutzi Rock

Following Mountain Project’s recommendation, I kept on walking to nearby Dutzi Rock, which I must agree offers much better 3D photography delights than the late, lamented Anthrax pile.

That’s it there, like a bilious bunion projecting from the side of the very large rock formation. Next to it, Mt. Dutzi. People can climb both. The view from Mt. Dutzi gives a pretty nice overview. The eastern Outback stretches as far as the eye can see. Okay, mountains a couple of miles away block the view. But this is definitely a pretty area in Joshua Tree’s Hidden Valley Campground Outback!

If you skipped climbing Anthrax Rock earlier when the opportunity presented itself, maybe you’ll want to sashay up the low saddle area between these two hills. People who like to stick their noses into their neighbor’s back yard can see, if they do sashay, the property of the Cohn Family, one of the few private residences within Joshua Tree National Park. No Trespassing beyond this point! Gazing back the other way will provide a splendid perspective over the tops of the formations and on out across Lost Horse Valley’s northern end.

General Scenery


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3D Anaglyph Gallery

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Main Formations


They Peyote Cracks, east face

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Lots to See around Mt. Dutzi


3D Half Side-by-Side Gallery

View these on your big screen 3D TV. It is as if you could step right into the picture. Half Side-by-Sides also avoid the minor Anaglyph anomalies that can occur. Click images to enlarge. 1080p resolution. Or Windows users, right-click and choose SAVE LINK AS.

By default, when you click the shutter button on a Fuji 3D camera, the software saves two images with each picture taken in approximately 4K resolution (3584 x 2016 pixels to be exact, or 2016p). The first is a standard 2D JPG. The second, the 3D photo, is a Multiview MPO image, using the technical “Multi Picture Object” format nomenclature. These have the file extension MPO. Later, I run the MPO files through Stereo Photo Maker to render 1080p 3D Anaglyphs and 3D Half Side-by-Sides. (I could, if I chose to, render them in 4K/2016p resolution.)


DSCF2311Thank you for visiting the second, East-side Outback Gallery. On your next visit to Joshua Tree National Park, if you happen to stay in Hidden Valley Campground, be sure to allot several hours for exploring the Outback. There is much to discover here, with some outstanding views of Lost Horse Valley, The Comic Book area, Echo Cove, and Ryan Mountain.

John Murbach


Posted 2017 Nov 7