Joshua Tree National Park Rock Climbing
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Joshua Tree is a world famous area with thousands of routes, countless boulder problems and a very limited number of campsites. Long popular as a winter destination, it's appeal has only grown throughout the years as climbers of all abilities have discovered the mild temperatures, grippy rock and surreal landscape which make it a must visit area on any climber's list.
Todays park visitor comes from around the globe, with some here to climb and others simply here to gaze at the wonder. Looky-loos
can crowd some areas during the weekends, but thats part of the parks mission allowing everyone the opportunity to enjoy the park.
That said, sometimes Joshua Tree's popularity outgrows its carrying capacity, and is often the case, overnight camping can become very scarce, very fast. While the park service has made strides to expand the number of campsites, it has strengthened its rules about the number of campers per site, along with the number of vehicles per site. Current prices of overnight camping can be found here
, along with other specific campground information. Other overnight options are listed below.
The fee to enter Joshua Tree is currently $20 per vehicle
, which is good for 7 days from the date on the receipt. When time permits, the rangers will check the out-going traffic for valid receipts. An annual pass is also available, and at $30, stands as an excellent value for those visiting the park more often. Both are purchased at the check stations at the entrances to the park. Cash and credit cards are accepted.
The rock itself is quartz monzonite and tends to be fairly solid, but the less traveled and/or newer routes can have the dreaded "ball bearings underfoot syndrome" making those friction moves a tad more dicey. The best rock sports a coating of "desert varnish" or patina which darkens and solidifies the rock appreciably.
Kudos to this page's founding father M.Morley
. In June 2002 the website "climbingjtree" went online.
Visitor Information 760-367-5500
Christine Hoenigmann climbing
Matt Segal leads Acid Crack (5.12d)
Photo credit from Leavittator 2015
There is no running water in the Park. Come prepared with a 5-gallon or more jug if planning on staying more than a day.
- BLM land for the squeeze.
- Hipcamp has a great directory of the campgrounds, and for some of them you can even check availability and book them online.
The rarely deserted Indian Cove Campground.
BLM overflow camping sites, Joshua Tree NP
HOTELS, MOTELS, B&Bs, and VACATION HOMES
Weekends are crowded during peak season! With its proximity to Los Angeles and San Diego, the Park draws more than 1 million visitors annually. Plan accordingly and have a backup plan if the campgrounds are full. There are numerous inexpensive motels in the nearby towns of Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and 29 Palms. Lodging Overview
REST DAY ACTIVITIES
- The Integratron - "a one-of-a-kind building designed as a rejuvenation and time machine"
- 29 Palms Murals - A collection of 20 murals scattered throughout this desert town.
GEAR, SUPPLIES AND MEDICAL
- Just down the road in Yucca Valley, one can find most any service and supply necessary; from major grocery stores and ubiquitous fast food joints, to auto lube and tunes.
- Nomad Ventures is the local place to get climbing gear, guidebooks and information about the climbing in Joshua Tree. The folks are friendly and very knowledgeable.
- Guide books for the area range from the no frills Bartlett guides to the fairly exhaustive Vogel guides as well as a couple of bouldering specific guides. All have something that the other doesn't.
- Nearest hospital is the High Desert Medical Center in the town of Joshua Tree. Cell phone coverage in the park IS SPOTTY AT BEST to NONEXISTENT AT WORST. There is an emergency phone in near the restrooms in Hidden Valley Campground/Intersection Rock. Use only in an emergency.
- From Palm Springs Airport (PSP) to the West Entrance is 43.6 miles
- From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the West Entrance is 148 miles
- From Las Vegas International Airport (LAS) to the North Entrance is 225 miles
- From Phoenix International Airport (PHX) through the South Entrance to Belle Campground is 259 miles
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Sport climbs of Joshua Tree
Weather station 10.4 miles from here
5,401 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Joshua Tree National Park
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Wangerbanger 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Rusty Wall
Indian Creek at the Tree!!! The routes at Rusty Wall are fairly unusual by J-Tree standards: steep straight-in jamming more reminiscent of the Utah Desert that your typical quartz monzonite crag. You have O'Kelleys on the right side which tackles a desperate boulder problem to beautiful hands. To the left is O'Kelley's shorter but more demanding brother, Wangerbanger. Wangerbanger is fairly straight-forward by 5.11 J-Tree standards... no dicking with funky RPs, just plugging cams and climbi...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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