Rock climbers may not flock to Juniper Flats like they do to Joshua Tree National Park, but those in the know, know. Granite formations like these, towering 60 to 80 feet high and featuring cracks, chimneys, and high-friction faces, stand high in the San Bernardino Mountains foothills in the upper elevations of Juniper Flats. A few curious climbers have spotted them from Highway 18 far below, found their way up by four-wheel drive, and have feasted on unpublicized first ascents.
They tend to keep quiet about their favorite routes, so we won’t give them away. We’ll just say these stand somewhere above the upper reaches of Grapevine Canyon.
Outcroppings like these are also great spots for birding—golden eagles soar above these ridgelines, while rare little critters like the southwestern willow flycatcher abide nearby.
Such are the beauties of Juniper Flats: something for every taste. But special places like these need protection. They need to be added to the National Landscape Conservation System.