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Cap Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 33.98979, -116.16342 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Josh Beck on Mar 20, 2003
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One of the best and most popular places for taking beginning climbers, a great moderate boulder circuit and some of the most classic boulder problems in the park make this a popular destination. A good selection of routes of all sorts (slabs, cracks, faces), blissfully short approaches and a great concentration of boulders mean you probably won't be alone but also mean that there's always enough to go around.

Getting There 

Head S/E on Quail Springs Road past Hidden Valley. At the Key's view turnoff/fork, turn right and after only about 100 yards make a left into a dirt parking lot. Cap Rock is directly in front of you, and a developed loop trail provides access to the bouldering circuit(s).

Climbing Season

Weather station 11.6 miles from here

29 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Cap Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cap Rock:
False Lieback   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Cap Rock - North Face
Catch A Falling Star   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Cap Rock - Southeast Face
Slim Pickings   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Cap Rock - South Face
Event Horizon   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Cap Rock - North Face
The Ayatollah   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Cap Rock - North Face
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Featured Route For Cap Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Scott Nomi at the crux.

Visual Nightmare 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Cap Rock - South Face
Located on the south face of Cap Rock, almost directly above the parking lot, this route follows the prominent left crack to the face above. A moderate thin crack at the start leads onto the upper face where two bolts protect somewhat delicate smears to the summit. Gear belay and walk off, or rap from the anchor atop Slim Pickings (65'). Fun climbing, easy access and a warm location make this a good choice on thiose cooler days....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Cap Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Cap Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Claret Cup cactus near Cap Rock, Joshua Tree NP
Claret Cup cactus near Cap Rock, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Cap Rock
Cap Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Cap Rock and a touch of color, Joshua Tree NP
Cap Rock and a touch of color, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Joshua tree and Cap Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Joshua tree and Cap Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Joshua Trees near Cap Rock, Joshua Teee NP
Joshua Trees near Cap Rock, Joshua Teee NP

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By cadrock
Mar 13, 2016
Hi All, my buddy left our rope at the base of the north face. It was on our yellowish/green and grey rope bag. If anyone saw it or has it, please let me know I would LOVE to get it back.

Thanks again climbing community!

By Anonymous Coward
Apr 20, 2005
What about the routes to the right of Catch a Falling Star? All of these routes can be toproped from two separate fixed anchors. There seems to be mistakes in Vogel p.362.

Catch me at the Bar isn't 5.10a (Leeper bolt then on to bolt on Catch A Falling Star).

Catch a Falling Car isn't 5.11a (start at flake to two bolts). Have the two routes been switched?

Lastly, where is Tumbling Dice? If this routes goes up the face, there are no bolts except for the high bolt on Event Ho
By Randy
Apr 20, 2005
One of those classic Vogel guide screw ups. Another item to be corrected in Vol. 2 (I am fixing all this stuff).

Route marked 2436 is in fact Catch a Falling Car (10c or so, not 11a).Route Marked 2437 is Tumbling Dice (10a or so).There is no route were 2438 is shown.There is no route called Catch Me At The Bar.

I always appreciate these things being brought up, so I can be sure that I correct every mistake (and not make too many more).

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