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Bear Island  


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Location: 34.0538, -116.18113 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Oct 16, 2006
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Bear Island north face featuring the crack Shardik...

Description 

This rock lies about 150 yards northwest of the Wonderland trail, just before it joins the larger trail running north-south.
The routes are on decent rock and easily top roped.

Getting There 

Park at Wonderland parking. Head up the Wonderland trail.
For more complete information get "Rock Climbing Joshua Tree West" by Randy Vogel.

Climbing Season



Weather station 8.9 miles from here

9 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',2],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=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 Bear Island:
Shardik   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   
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Featured Route For Bear Island
"Ursa Major". Photo by Blitzo.

Ursa Major 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Bear Island
This is the crack and face to the left of "Polar Bears in Bondage"....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Local Information for Bear Island
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Bear Island-Northwest Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Bear Island-Northwest Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Bear Island-Southwest Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Bear Island-Southwest Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Climbers atop Bear Island at sunset on a February ...
Climbers atop Bear Island at sunset on a February ...

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By Isaac T.
From: Rockville, MD
Dec 8, 2007
The guide book states that this is a practically worthless rock, I disagree. It is a good spot to take beginners, good TR anchors at the top, solid rock (except maybe How Loose is your Goose) not to high, and fairly secluded. Once you are done here you can climb @ Mustang Wall or vice versa. Also Bear Island tends to be in the sun while Mustang wall is in the shade. Lots of cool bouldering around the area as well.
By Mary Moser
Mar 6, 2011
I agree that Bear Island is a nice place to go if you are looking to avoid the crowds and enjoy a lot of moderates. As mentioned, it's in the sun most of the day.