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Touring SoCal

Postby JBRunyan » Wed Feb 10, 2010 9:47 pm

Hey, Im a student at UNLV and will have class off for Monday. I was planning on hitting a few parks over the weekend to check out the area. I plan on going to Mojave Preserve for a night, Joshua Tree for a night, and Death Valley for a night. Making a loop back to Vegas.

Any advice on some good hikes in these areas? Also, I was wanting to get some bouldering in while at Joshua Tree. Any advice on a good area? or a campsite next to some good bouldering? I'm only starting to get back into rock climbing after a break so Ive only been doing V1 stuff, V2 at the most. So nothing too gnarley.

Thanks!!
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Re: Touring SoCal

Postby cp0915 » Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:02 pm

JBRunyan wrote:Hey, Im a student at UNLV and will have class off for Monday. I was planning on hitting a few parks over the weekend to check out the area. I plan on going to Mojave Preserve for a night, Joshua Tree for a night, and Death Valley for a night. Making a loop back to Vegas.


Wow, just a quick tour. Too bad you don't have about 6 months longer.

Anyway, there are several interesting things to do around Mojave. Mitchell Caverns is cool, and Hole in the Wall is awesome too. I hear the Lava Tube is worth seeing. The best mountain hike/scramble in the area is Fountain Peak. Might as well traverse over to Edgar Peak, while you're there.

Death Valley is vast, and extra special. The sand dunes at Stovepipe, Dantes View, Badwater, the Racetrack, Ubehebe Crater, man, the list could go on for days.

I'm sure others will chime in with thousands of suggestions for J-tree.
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Postby fatdad » Wed Feb 10, 2010 11:17 pm

As far as Josh in concerned, Hidden Valley is the most central to the climbing. Midweek you should be able to find something. If it's full, you might even be able to talk someone into just crashing in their site for the night.

Lots of good hiking and bouldering. For hiking, it's hard to beat just hiking out into the Wonderland, say, near the Astro Domes, etc. Impressive for the first time visitor.

For bouldering, check this link for a free topo guide: http://www.drtopo.com/xcalifo/joshuatree.html

Have fun.
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