Spire Cathedral

Cathedral with A View

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

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2D Spiral Cathedral Gallery

(Click to Enlarge Photos)

The 2D and 3D photographs on this page comprise only a sample of the many shots I took in January 2013 of the incredibly beautiful and hypnotic Spire Cathedral at Towers of Uncertainty, Joshua Tree National Park. Save as many of these as you like; share with friends. Few visitors to Joshua Tree will ever experience this hidden jewel!


Two of my favorites

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3D Anaglyph Sampler

You are invited to download as many of the 3D Anaglyph or 3D Half Side-by-Side photographs as interest you. Share them with your friends. Note: the Anaglyphs require red/cyan glasses to view. The Stereo H-SBS are for downloading and should only be saved if you have access to a 3D TV. Otherwise viewing them will not be possible.

♦ What is in this and the following two Galleries ♦

A FUJI 3D camera solo trip to the Towers-South, with your Host eager to take further detailed photographs within the Towers of Uncertainty’s Spire Cathedral. This would be Murbachi’s chief focus on January 23. Due to its extent, and the number of additional pictures taken just to the north of the Cathedral, I have split the group into three Gallery pages:

  • Spire Cathedral (this page)

  • The field immediately northwest of the Cathedral and the 95ft hill that overlooks the Uncertainty ♦ Link

  • The bisecting dry wash into the Towers Hills plus my Uncertain encounter with Mom, Pop & The Kids ♦ Link

How to Get There

  • Trek Date: 2014 Jan 23
  • Geology Tour Road
  • Restroom 34° 0’20.42″N, 116° 5’7.50″W
  • Stop 4 (parking for 2 cars; alternate, Stop 3 but for 4WD-only, sandy)
  • Type: X-country
  • GPS Cathedral: 33°58’0.87″N 116° 5’7.22″W
  • El. 4318ft. Temperature 58F. Wind calm. Thin high clouds
  • Approach: Stop 4 to Spire Cathedral, 1120 yds / 1 km
  • Area: the rock climbing Towers of Uncertainty. A rough oval, the area is 545 yds across E-W, somewhat less N-S.
  • Features: compact 40ft to 70ft formations, some with dark desert varnish, scattered nolinas, small to medium size Joshua Trees & Mojave yuccas scattered widely. The usual pincushion, beaver tail, silver cholla, and hedgehog cacti. A few knolls superb for picture-taking within, and on the 500 yd long incline at the north end, plus viewpoints within the Towers Hills beyond
  • Things to see include Ryan & Lost Horse mountains (abt. 3-4 mi), Queen and Pleasant valleys, Hexie Mountains, Crown Prince Lookout, “The Galapagos” & “Virgin Islands” rock climbing formations, Pushawalla Plateau, Towers Hills, “Rocky Marciano,” “Jerry’s Quarry,” Malapai Hill, “The Lost Pencil,” etc. This trip focused on a favorite of mine at the NW corner, the sloping hill into what I call the “Spire Cathedral”



  • Use glasses to view 3D Anaglyphs
  • Click to Enlarge Photos

3D Anaglyph Gallery 1

“Two-bolt Rock” ♦ “Demon Dome” ♦ “Cave Rock” ♦ “Gravity Rock”

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3D Anaglyph Gallery 2

Spire Cathedral




3D Anaglyph Gallery 3

A Look into The Spire Cathedral from “Reef Rock”

NUMBER 3 in the Spire Cathedral 3D Anaglyph Galleries is of a group taken “across the way,” using “Reef Rock” as my base of operations. I had seen this easily accessible rise when E! and I did the Towers of Uncertainty on my previous trip in December 2013. Then and there, I made a mental note to return for what I believed would be some eye-catching 3D scenes. Hopefully readers will appreciate the results. (These can also be found in the 3D Half Side-by-Side Galleries which follow.)

 The Spire Cathedral East Side


Towers-Hills begin 500 yds to the North



Final Look Back

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HALF SIDE-BY-SIDE. Suitable for 3D TV viewing. Half Side-by-Sides avoid the minor Anaglyph anomalies that can occur, such as ghosting. Click images to enlarge. 1080p resolution. Or Windows users, right-click and choose SAVE LINK AS. Larger size & complete JPG sets available on request. There are 890 photos in the complete 1080p set from 2014 Jan 23. Approx. 1.2gb. H-SBS 2016p resolution sets available. I have made slideshows of these in H-SBS MP4 1080p format for 3D TVs.

3D HSBS Gallery 1

Approach to Spire Cathedral



3D HSBS Gallery 2

 Spire Cathedral




END OF SPIRE CATHEDRAL GALLERIES. Thank you for visiting, and for any comments. I hope that users who have a 3D television will enjoy these Half Side-by-Side images and share them with friends who also have 3D TVs. Make copies on DVDs and distribute them. Zip-file complete sets are available upon request, as are 3D H-SBS MP4 slideshows I have made of the various Towers of Uncertainty areas, and other places around JTNP.

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Posted 2014 Sep 21

Updated 2017 Nov 11

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