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.
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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Barker Dam Area:
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
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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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