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Castle Rock 


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Elevation: 3,800'
Location: 34.0016, -116.0202 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, Adam Stackhouse, M.Morley, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Adam Stackhouse on Jan 28, 2010
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Description 

Castle Rock is the large oblong formation that Belle Campground is centered around. Multiple routes are to be found on it's north and south faces. Approaches are, as to be expected, quite casual and there exists a good mix of both crack and face climbing. The better routes are found on the north side as that is where the better rock is found. There are a few other routes scattered about in the vicinity.


Getting There 

Belle Campground is located 1.4 miles South of the Pinto Wye (this is the intersection where the road splits off to either 29 Palms or Jumbo Rocks Campground). Belle Campground is easily identified by either the road sign (!) or the obvious large rock formation (Castle Rock).


24 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',8],['5.7',1],['5.8',2],['5.9',5],['5.10',5],['5.11',2],['5.12',1],['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]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Castle Rock:
Diagnostics   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Castle Rock - North Side
Belly Flop   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Castle Rock - South Side
Count Dracula   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Castle Rock - North Side
That Old Soft Shoe   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Castle Rock - North Side
Bella Lugosi   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Castle Rock - North Side
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Featured Route For Castle Rock
Nearing the end of the crack on Bella Lugosi (5.11c), Joshua Tree NP. Photo by Tim Fearn, Fall 1987.

Bella Lugosi 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Castle Rock - North Side
Bouldery thin moves (crux) to gain the crack where the difficulty eases and good pro can be found. Near the top the crack peters out and a bolt [replaced 4/00 - ed.] is found to protect the moves to the top.The name is a play on Bela Lugosi - the star of the classic 1931 horror movie "Dracula"....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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