Chris raps the EBGB's formation
Echo Rock is the huge dome closest to the parking area and a popular destination with climbers. Due to it's size the dome has been broken into separate areas to more easily navigate the wealth of routes.
The very popular Echo Rock - West Face
is a slabby apron of rock with many single pitch face routes from 5.6 to 5.11+ as well as the occasional crack climb. Some of the popular routes include Double Dip
(5.6) and Stichter Quits
(5.7), Stick to What
(5.9), Quick Draw McGraw
(5.10a), Heart and Sole
(5.10a) and Quick Draw McGraw
Being somewhat sheltered makes the Echo Rock - South Face
a popular winter spot as it soaks up the sun and is a good spot to challenge yourself of a nice mix of crack and face routes. Some of the better ones here are Pope's Crack
(5.9), Raked over the Coles
(5.10d), Swept Away
(5.11a), British Airways
(5.11a R), Sole Fusion (5.12a) and My Idea of Fun
The EBGB Block Area
is centered around a prominent block perched atop a shelf and visible from afar with Zondo's Perks
(5.10d), Jane's Getting Serious
(5.12b) being some of the better routes.
The lesser visited Echo Rock - East Face
can be a good spot to escape the crowds of the more popular areas as well as sample some lesser known routes such as Bambi Meets Godzilla
(5.8), Closed on Mondays
(5.9), The Menace
(5.11a R) and Igor Prince of Poodles
Echo Rock is located just east of the Echo Cove formation. By skirting the south end of the Echo Cove formation and walking east, you will run smack dab into Echo Rock. Please stick to designated trails!
Weather station 9.3 miles from here
63 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',15],['2 Stars',32],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',1]
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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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By Chris Keefe
Mar 15, 2015
Does anyone have information on a pair of newish looking routes on the upper N. side of Echo (descending from the shiny OP rings)? There's no info on them in the '11 edition of Miramontes, so I thought I'd put a call out to people with a longer history in JTree, instead of creating a new area myself.
These two lines begin from a shady ledge/channel above one of the deep water runnels in the walkoff slab. The right ascends a short, roughly vertical crease/corner, following a variable fingers and hands crack in a corner onto slightly crumbly low-angle slab. It's bolted to hell with new-looking, sandstone-painted metolius hangers, including a couple of bolts in areas protectable with traditional gear. Suggested 5.7-5.8, 1 star.
The second line, at left, follows face moves and thin cracks over the lip onto the slab above. I left this one for another day, and have no further details on it.
Thank you for any questions or information you might have on these routes,
From: San Diego, CA
Feb 1, 2016
Chris, I assume you are talking about the area to the right of Bambi Meets Godzilla? They are in the new Miramontes book; there were at least 3 that we saw on Saturday. We did one that went up the center to some rap rings on a vertical face, was a 5.7+ in the guidebook.
EDIT: Looking at the map, the one we did is more on the east side than the north; we found it descending from BmG (see circled area below).
Sport routes on Echo Rock