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Echo Rock  


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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0252, -116.1558 View Map  Incorrect?
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Chris raps the EBGB's formation

Description 

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 (5.10b).

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 (5.12d).

The EBGB Block Area is centered around a prominent block perched atop a shelf and visible from afar with Zondo's Perks (5.10a), EBGB's (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 (5.10b), Beadwagon (5.11a R) and Igor Prince of Poodles (5.11c).

Getting There 

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!

Climbing Season



Weather station 9.3 miles from here

60 Total Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',29],['1 Star',13],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',2],['5.8',4],['5.9',9],['5.10',28],['5.11',9],['5.12',3],['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 Echo Rock:
Sonic and the Hot Dog Water   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Echo Rock - South Face
Double Dip   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   Echo Rock - West Face
Stichter Quits   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 115'   Echo Rock - West Face
Bambi meets Godzilla   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Echo Rock- East Face
Pope's Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Echo Rock - South Face
Stick to What   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Echo Rock - West Face
Heart and Sole   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Echo Rock - West Face
Quick Draw McGraw   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Echo Rock - West Face
Forbidden Paradise   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Echo Rock - West Face
Pope's Crack, Direct Finish   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   Echo Rock - South Face
The Falcon and The Snowman   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Echo Rock - West Face
Try Again   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Echo Rock - West Face
EBGB's   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   EBGB Block Area
Raked over the Coles   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Echo Rock - South Face
Swept Away   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   Echo Rock - South Face
Life in the Fast Lane   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   EBGB Block Area
British Airways   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Echo Rock - South Face
London Calling   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Echo Rock - South Face
Igor Prince of Poodles   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Echo Rock- East Face
Jane's Getting Serious   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   EBGB Block Area
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Featured Route For Echo Rock
Pope's Crack <br />Photo by Bob Gaines

Pope's Crack 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Echo Rock - South Face
Starting from boulders climb the prominent finger/hand crack in a flared right-facing corner which slowly arches up and left passing along the left side of a small roof. A little ways past the roof set a high piece and then downclimb left along a dike to gain another crack system which is followed to the top. Three stars out of five.To descend work down and right from the top to rappel anchors atop British Airways....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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How the cool kids get down the walk off on Echo Rock.
How the cool kids get down the walk off on Echo Ro...
Echo Rock - West Face Left
BETA PHOTO: Echo Rock - West Face Left
Jeremy Freeman rounding the corner on pitch 1 of 'Swept Away'
Jeremy Freeman rounding the corner on pitch 1 of '...
Climber's info sign from NPS
Climber's info sign from NPS
Echo Rock. <br />photo by Blitzo.
Echo Rock. photo by Blitzo.
Echo Rock-South End. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Echo Rock-South End. Photo by Blitzo.
Echo Rock from the road, Joshua Tree NP.
Echo Rock from the road, Joshua Tree NP.
Springtime at Echo Rock, JTNP.
Springtime at Echo Rock, JTNP.
Joshua Tree with Echo Rock in the distance, Joshua Tree NP
Joshua Tree with Echo Rock in the distance, Joshua...
my daughter on the lower section of Stitcher Quits.  This shot shows the plethora of bolts on Echo Rock.
BETA PHOTO: my daughter on the lower section of Stitcher Quits...
Echo Rock weekend warriors!
Echo Rock weekend warriors!
Stichter Quits (Black Tide) area from approach trail.
Stichter Quits (Black Tide) area from approach tra...

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