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Gunsmoke Area  Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0285, -116.1451 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Jan 31, 2008
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Description 

This very popular area includes the famous Gunsmoke traverse as well as a number of other quality problems scattered about a large open valley. Notable problems here include The Chube (V2), Gunsmoke (V3), High Noon (V5), Streetcar Named Desire (V6+) and currently the hardest boulder problem in Joshua Tree - Iron Resolution (V12+).

Getting There 

Park in the large paved lot and follow a trail past the old parking lot and then straight on for a bit until a sharp turn to the left midway along a worn trail (continuing straight ahead leads to Barker Dam), pass a short rocky section, go a bit further and turn right to enter a broad open valley - the Gunsmoke traverse will soon be visible at about one o'clock (slightly to the right). Plan on a 10 minute hike from the car.

Climbing Season



Weather station 8.8 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',5],['V2-3',7],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',3],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Gunsmoke Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Gunsmoke Area :
Piano Crack   V-easy 3     Boulder, 23'   Piano Rock
Corner Problem   V0 4     Boulder, 15'   Gunsmoke Wall
Friction 101   V1 5     Boulder, 11'   Friction Slab
The Chube   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Chube Boulder
Gunsmoke   V3 6A     Boulder, 80'   Gunsmoke Wall
High Noon   V5 6C     Boulder, 16'   Gunsmoke Wall
Secret Samurai   V6 7A PG13     Boulder, 12'   Ninja Boulder
Streetcar Named Desire   V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 13'   Streetcar Boulder
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Featured Route For Gunsmoke Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Ian Huang playing around on High Noon

High Noon V5 6C  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Gunsmoke Wall
A vertical, flaring crack that rises 15 ft. above the center of the Gunsmoke traverse.Climb juggy rails up to a vertical crack with a big move to the sloping lip. An easy mantel gets you onto the ledge, ending the problem. Walk off the ramp to the left....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Gunsmoke Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking towards Gunsmoke from The Chube.
Looking towards Gunsmoke from The Chube.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking west from The Chube.
Looking west from The Chube.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Chube (V0+), Joshua Tree NP
The Chube (V0+), Joshua Tree NP

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By Danche
May 13, 2016
Here's my approach beta: from the Barker Dam parking lot, follow the "Barker Dam trail". Continue past the section of the trail which is neatly lined with rocks. You will soon encounter a "roundabout" with a shrub in the center. Turn left and you will see a brown trail marker with a climber icon labeled Gunsmoke. Follow this trail for about 5 minutes, continuing alongside the rocks on the right into the open valley. Gunsmoke will be on your right.

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