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Echo Cove is one of the most popular climbing spots in the Park. It has: easy access, flat bases, good, short moderate and moderately difficult routes.
From the Quail Springs Road-Big Horn Pass Road (Barker Dam Road) intersection, drive east on Big Horn Pass Road for 0.6+ miles. Turn left at the gravel road signed "Key's Ranch-Wonderland of Rocks." Continue straight (onto a dirt road) for about 0.25 mile (past the large parking lot turnoff). A small fence lot will be found on the right at the "mouth" of the Cove. If full, park about 150 yards back at a larger fenced lot.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Echo Cove - South Side:
Boulder Dash 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Death On The Nile 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Undercover 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Ocean of Night (aka Out to Grunge) 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Big Moe 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c R Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Curly 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Ground Up or Shut Up (aka Poppycock) 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Featured Route For Echo Cove - South Side
Big Moe 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c R CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Echo Cove - South Side
This excellent route is located on your right (south) as you walk into the Cove from the parking area. It takes a fairly direct line about 25 feet right of the large right-facing dihedral on the upper portion of the wall (Boulder Dash, 5.9*). The climb name is "short" for big dynamo or "mo", the technique used by the first ascent party to solve the crux move down low. Though this move is now commonly done statically, shorter people often "pop" for the huge hand hold. Great climbing ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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