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Barker Dam Area  


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Description 

The Barker Dam Day Use Area provides access for a handful of good routes; however, they tend to be spread out amongst several rock formations. If you can find it, the Room To Shroom Area has the phenomenal namesake splitter crack plus the less known but excellent Chemical Warfare. Probably the most popular area here is not a route at all, but rather the famous Gunsmoke - a strenuous and long bouldering traverse.


Getting There 

Walk, bike, or drive to the Barker Dam Day Use Area, 1.5 miles NE of Hidden Valley Campground along paved road. Most of the routes are approached via the Barker Dam Loop Trail.


Climbing Season



Weather station 8.7 miles from here

99 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',27],['1 Star',57],['Bomb',3]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',7],['5.8',14],['5.9',17],['5.10',43],['5.11',8],['5.12',4],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Barker Dam Area:
Life's a Bitch and then You Marry One   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Dissolution Rock
Bish   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   Emotional Rescue Area
Room To Shroom   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Room To Shroom Area
Secret Mormon Underwear   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Lakeside Rock North (aka Or...
Bad Lizards   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Rat Rock
Snot Slot   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Lakeside Rock North (aka Or...
An Eye for an Eye And a Route for a Route   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Lakeside Rock : Lakeside Rock - West Face
Chemical Warfare   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Room To Shroom Area
Lubricated Goat   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Emotional Rescue Area
More Monkey than Funky   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   More Funky than Monkey Rock
Rockwork Orange   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Rockworks Rock
Father Figure   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lakeside Rock : Lakeside Rock - East Face
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Featured Route For Barker Dam Area
loving the wide jams near the top!

Room To Shroom 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Room To Shroom Area
A personal favorite. Perfect hands to fist crack. At the crack's high point, step up and right and move 20' across (mostly) unprotectable face to belay from Pinyon pine. A small stopper placement early in the traverse helps to protect both leader and follower.Approach: From Barker Dam parking lot, follow trail to dam and continue north through wash. Bear northwest (left) past Escape Rock. The Room To Shroom formation will be on your right, but hidden until you pass it and look back. Scramb...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Jessica on the Wave Boulder, Joshua Tree NP
Jessica on the Wave Boulder, Joshua Tree NP
Rebels
Rebels
Who done it...
Who done it...
Cracked Egg
Cracked Egg
Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree
Mortar hole near the Wave Boulder, Joshua Tree NP
Mortar hole near the Wave Boulder, Joshua Tree NP
Barker Dam, I think this was early 2004.
Barker Dam, I think this was early 2004.
Barker Damn in August (it wasn't to hot actually)
Barker Damn in August (it wasn't to hot actually)
Barker Dam with lakeside Rock in the bckround.
Barker Dam with lakeside Rock in the bckround.
A very full Barker Dam, Joshua Tree NP
A very full Barker Dam, Joshua Tree NP
Rat Rock
Rat Rock
Barker Dam. Photo by Blitzo.
Barker Dam. Photo by Blitzo.
Barker Dam 2005. Photo by Blitzo.
Barker Dam 2005. Photo by Blitzo.
No Falls Wall (S. Face), Joshua Tree NP
No Falls Wall (S. Face), Joshua Tree NP
I think they've been re-touched, petroglyphs on th...
I think they've been re-touched, petroglyphs on th...
Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), Joshua Tree ...
Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), Joshua Tree ...
Another shot of Barker Dam, I think early 2004.
Another shot of Barker Dam, I think early 2004.
A view of Barker Dam with water
BETA PHOTO: A view of Barker Dam with water
Low water level, October 4, 2010
Low water level, October 4, 2010
Sunset at Barker Dam.
Sunset at Barker Dam.
Graffiti at Barker Dam, Joshua Tree NP
Graffiti at Barker Dam, Joshua Tree NP
Spring Bloom on the Barker Dam hike.  April 08.
Spring Bloom on the Barker Dam hike. April 08.
Barker Dam (temporarily closed), Joshua Tree NP
Barker Dam (temporarily closed), Joshua Tree NP
Spring Bloom on the Barker Dam hike.  April 08.
Spring Bloom on the Barker Dam hike. April 08.

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By C Miller
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Apr 26, 2015
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