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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 33.98984, -116.16349 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: C Miller on Aug 26, 2008
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Cap Rock, Joshua Tree NP


Covers the large mass of Cap Rock as well as smaller satellite crags which lie off the nature trail. Lots of quality crack and face routes from 5.2 to 5.13 all with an easy approach from the car.

Getting There 

Take the road that leads to Key's View and park in the large lot below the south face of Cap Rock. Check the individual crags for more detailed approach information. Plan on 1-10 minutes for the approach depending upon the area.

47 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',21],['1 Star',22],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Cap Rock Area:
Circus   5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Cap Rock : Cap Rock - North Face
False Lieback   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Cap Rock : Cap Rock - North Face
Robocop   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Cap Rock : Cap Rock - South Face
Catch A Falling Star   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Cap Rock : Cap Rock - Southeast Face
Event Horizon   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Cap Rock : Cap Rock - North Face
Meteorite Crack   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   John Yablonski Rock
The Ayatollah   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Cap Rock : Cap Rock - North Face
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Featured Route For Cap Rock Area
The north face of Cap Rock - Horror-zontal Terror-verse (5.10b) climbs the horizontal crack at mid-height while The Ayatollah (5.11b/c) is up the vertical seam right of center.

The Ayatollah 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Cap Rock - North Face
Originally rated 11a on TR, this fine route is in the middle of the "amphitheater" on the upper north face. The climb begins as a thin crack that tapers to a seam where the first of three closely spaced bolts occurs. Powerful tips liebacking and high steps lead to the top. Clipping the bolts is tenuous / strenuous! Great rock - three out of five stars....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Cap Rock Area Slideshow Add Photo
Cap Rock - late afternoon. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Cap Rock - late afternoon.
Photo by Blitzo.
The rock was all ours on this cold and windy December day in 2004.
The rock was all ours on this cold and windy Decem...
Interp trail
Interp trail
Raven lunatic, Joshua Tree NP
Raven lunatic, Joshua Tree NP
Agina and Nathan looking for our next climb at the Cap Rock parking area.
Agina and Nathan looking for our next climb at the...
Cap Rock and the Beaver Boulder
Cap Rock and the Beaver Boulder
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By Adam Stackhouse
Apr 6, 2010

Chris Linder actually having to work on a Josh toughy, The Dunce Cap, 5.13

No preplaced draws in this video!

By Seth Murphy
Apr 7, 2010

Looks so good. If Linder is struggling that much, it must be hard. Thanks for forwarding the vid along Adam.

By M.Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Apr 7, 2010

Great video -- thanks for sharing it, Adam.