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Feb 6, 2002, 2:58 PM
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Day Trip  (North_America: United_States: California: Joshua_Tree_National_Park: _Joshua_Tree_National_Park_Overview_)
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Now I realize J. Tree is huge, but I only have a day or two I can use to head over from San Diego. Since I don't have much time, I don't want to spend all of it looking for a small crag with several quality climbs to work on. Any vetrens have any suggestions? I'd be looking for good 5.8 - 5.10a trad lines. Nice bouldering would be cool, too. Thanks!


Feb 6, 2002, 3:29 PM
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Gettin' there: Take the 15 north>215 north>60 east>merges w/ the 10 east>62 north (toward Yucca/J-tree/Twentynine Palms.) and just keep your eyes peeled for the Park entrance you want. $10 entrance fee for the "main park" but campin' is mostly free.

If you can overnight it I would recommend Hidden Valley Campground. Tons of climbs starting right in the camp. Lost Horse, Hemingway, Real Hidden Valley, etc all within a few minutes.

A slightly warmer/less crowded alt would be Indian Cove. Free entry but $10 a night for the family campground.

But you are right... too much to list! Get a cheapo guidebook or a willing person and just have a blast for your short time out there! Bring Tape!!!

By the way, when where you planning on being out? We may/probably will already be out there.

[ This Message was edited by: pirateclimber on 2002-02-06 15:34 ]


Feb 6, 2002, 5:27 PM
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Off the top of my head here are some fun classics that are easy to get to:

Headstone Rock: SW Corner 5.6?, bolted and fun, right next to it are two more bolted routes, a 5.8 & 5.9 I think. Fun overhanging rap off the back. Not trad but a must do.

Intersection Rock: Mikes Books 5.7?, If you are really brave, lead Overhang Bypass 5.7 (More like 5.8+), but be careful on the overhang part - It's hard to protect and a lot of people deck in the "cave." Then walk a short distance to..

Old Woman: Toe Jam 5.7, fun, short, with rap station, then a short walk to...

Cyclops Rock: The Eye 5.4 another must do,easy but fun, through the "eye" hole in the rock, easy walk-off

Real Hidden Valley: Fote Hog 5.6 - really fun 2 pitch or 1 long pitch, and Ball Bearing 5.9? 2 pitch right next to it, then Sail Away 5.8? near there.

Echo Rock: Double Dip 5.6, bolted with one cam placement under an ear in the rock, Stichter Quits 5.7 right next to it, also bolted. Come to think of it, there are alot of climbs on this wall but it is very popular on a weekend.

Now that's a full day! Not all on one wall but pretty convenient to the road. If you let me know when you are coming out I might be able to show you around.


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