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Cap Rock Area Rock Climbing 


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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 (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Aug 26, 2008
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Cap Rock, Joshua Tree NP

Description 

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.

Climbing Season



Weather station 11.6 miles from here

53 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',23],['1 Star',25],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',7],['5.7',3],['5.8',8],['5.9',8],['5.10',19],['5.11',4],['5.12',2],['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]

Classic Climbing Routes in Cap Rock Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cap Rock Area:
False Lieback   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Cap Rock : Cap Rock - North Face
Catch A Falling Star   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Cap Rock : Cap Rock - Southeast Face
Slim Pickings   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Cap Rock : Cap Rock - South 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
Rock Climbing Photo: a boulder ascent by Matt Lloyd. A fantastic, scary...

Up 40 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Molar
This is the easiest route on the formation, and the original. A corner start leads to a slightly overhanging layback/fingers crack up the south side of the rock. A tall, scary boulder problem or a fairly serious runout lead. Orignally one had to jump-off to a lower boulder via the north side....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Cap Rock Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The Molar, Joshua Tree NP
The Molar, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Agina and Nathan looking for our next climb at the...
Agina and Nathan looking for our next climb at the...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Cinema, Joshua Tree NP
The Cinema, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Raven lunatic, Joshua Tree NP
Raven lunatic, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Interp trail
Interp trail
Rock Climbing Photo: Cap Rock - late afternoon. Photo by Blitzo.
Cap Rock - late afternoon. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Spider's web, Joshua Tree NP
Spider's web, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Cap Rock and the Beaver Boulder
Cap Rock and the Beaver Boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: The rock was all ours on this cold and windy Decem...
The rock was all ours on this cold and windy Decem...

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By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
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
Administrator
From: Sacramento, CA
Apr 7, 2010
Great video -- thanks for sharing it, Adam.

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