Level: Advanced - Grade III 5.9
Max Group Size: 2
Season: Fall thru Spring
800' of Rock Climbing, Rappelling, Scrambling
The Saddle Rocks Triple Linkup takes rock climbers up a fabulous adventure to three separate rock summits! The Saddle Rocks formation, the largest rock formation in Joshua Tree National Park, is comprised of three distinct summits, all of which are multi-pitch climbing routes! Most climbers only venture partway up Saddle Rock's first summit- they never reach the true first summit, nor even contemplate the second and third summits!
About the Climb
This climb is akin to a big mountain ridge traverse. We climb up, down, around, scramble, rappel- all the while gaining altitude with the third summit as our final goal. Usually we climb "Right On" (5 pitches, 5.8) to the top of the first summit. After that we lower down into the notch, scramble around and then climb the hardest route of the day- "More hustle Than Muscle." This 2-pitch, burly 5.8/5.9 roof layback crack takes us to the top of the second summit. This route and summit can be bypassed for intermediate-level climbers, or parties moving slower. The third summit is gained via a long 2-pitch climb up easier, low-angled slabs and cracks. With over 800 feet of rock climbing, the Saddle Rocks Triple is our most popular Adventure Day!
Groups of 1 should expect a full day adventure climb. Groups of 2 need to move very fast to finish the climb. If moving too slow, the guide may choose to bypass certain features.