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Shady for most of the day and both steeper and smoother in texture than the southern side, this side of Castle Rock has the bulk of the better routes in the area with rating ranging from 5.0 to 5.11+ although most are in the 5.10 and under range. A nice variety of both cracks and faces are available here with plenty to choose from in the moderate grades.
Approach through the campground to the obvious northern side of Castle Rock.
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Diagnostics 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Count Dracula 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
That Old Soft Shoe 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Bella Lugosi 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
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Count Dracula 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Castle Rock - North Side
This is the first route to the right of a slanting chimney/crack on the midsection of the northwest face. Boulder up fairly high past some stiff moves to a bolt and continue up past two more to the top. Gear needed for anchor and walk off right (climber's). An interesting bit of trivia - On the first ascent the resourceful climbers dragged a picnic table over to the base of the wall, stood it on end, and drilled the first bolt standing atop it. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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