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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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A pair of Corvus Corvax catching some shade.

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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).

Climbing Season



Weather station 9.2 miles from here

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 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Castle Rock - North Side
Belly Flop   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Castle Rock - South Side
Count Dracula   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Castle Rock - North Side
That Old Soft Shoe   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Castle Rock - North Side
Bella Lugosi   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Castle Rock - North Side
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Featured Route For Castle Rock
Fun climb. Me belayed by Agina Sedler

Diagnostics 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Castle Rock - North Side
On the right side of the Northwest face just right of Count Dracula lies this climb up a left-facing corner with plates and jugs.A short climb but excellent nonetheless, this features good rock and steep fun moves. A good choice on a warm day as it gets plenty of shade. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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First ascent of <em>The Strange Attracter</em> (5.12a), Joshua Tree NP. Photo by Charles Cole.
First ascent of The Strange Attracter (5....

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