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The Echo Rock Area sees a lot of climber-days. This is not only because it's right there next to Hidden Valley, but because it has a lot of good climbing! It features a number of moderate and classic lines, but it also provides easy access (read: short approaches). A good assortment of face and crack climbs make this one of the most popular areas in the park. Although there is a singular Echo Rock, the entire area, made up of several formations and granite corridors, is usually referred to by the same name. Very much worth a visit!
The Echo Rock Area lies just northeast of the Hidden Valley Campground (Intersection Rock) area. There should be parking available next to the westernmost Echo formation. There have been problems in this area with braided trails. Please try to stick to designated (signed) climbers trails to mitigate this damage!
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Echo Rock Area:
ZZZZZ 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad, 1 pitch, 80' Little Hunk - NE Face : Little Hunk - NE Face (Righ...
Pope's Crack, Direct Finish 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 130' Echo Rock : Echo Rock - South Face
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Swept Away 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Echo Rock - South Face
Swept Away takes a striking line up the prominent buttress that defines the south end of Echo Rock. Two great pitches mark this climb that goes at a much easier grade than appearances might suggest. P1) Start at the toe of the slabby buttress (right skyline as seen from the parking area) and climb up towards a roof (this first bit is the same as T.S. Special). At the roof turn the corner to the left and climb improbable face past 3 bolts to a bolted hanging belay. P2) Steep smears ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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