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The Gunsmoke Traverse (V3) is the main attraction here, but several other quality problems can be found in the vicinity. Southern exposure makes this a hot one during mid-day.

Note: A large boulder fell off to the right of Gunsmoke in February 2003. The routes Fists of Fury and Enter the Dragon no longer exist, as well as a newer bolted line that had been put up several weeks before. Gunsmoke was unaffected.

Getting There 

Bike, walk, or drive to Barker Dam Day Use Area, 1.5 miles northeast of Hidden Valley Campground along newly paved road. From the parking area, walk the Barker Dam Loop Trail clockwise until you see an interpretive sign for 'Manzanita - Little Apples'. (If the first sign you pass says 'Turbinella Oak - Co-Evolution', you're going the wrong direction). Bear right (north) off main trail for approximately 150 yards to the Gunsmoke alcove, or just follow the throng of other boulderers.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.7 miles from here

3 Total Routes

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A good shot of Jack the Ripper in Joshua Tree.

Jack the Ripper 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Gunsmoke Area
This route is mapped out in Randy Vogel's book, but no mention anywhere else. Starts off inside a shaded area with a chimney. Fun climb. Set your pro high on the traverse to avoid getting your rope snagged. Extend your quickdraw at the end of the traverse to avoid drag. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Looking west from near Gunsmoke, Joshua Tree NP
Looking west from near Gunsmoke, Joshua Tree NP

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Feb 16, 2003
I heard a rumor that a massive boulder dislodged and fell in front of gunsmoke earlier this week. Apparently the Killer cracks (right of Gunsmoke) are no more, including a new bolt route that was just put up several weeks before.
By Kevin Lockwood
Feb 25, 2003
I saw photos at boldering.com.looks like gunsmoke is unaffected, and a few new bouldering problems have opened up. High ballish.
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