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High Desert Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 34.6663, -116.9784 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Francis Baker (fran) on Sep 26, 2006
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Description 

This is the large region of southeastern California. There are several places with climbable rock. The area is vast and places can be remote. The desert is a harsh place; bring lots of water and an adventurous spirit. Areas of interest are: Apple Valley Crags, Granite Pass, New Jack City (aka Sawtooth Canyon) and Teutonia Peak.

Getting There 

Most areas are accessed from Interstate 15.

Climbing Season



Weather station 16.3 miles from here

839 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',35],['3 Stars',229],['2 Stars',348],['1 Star',176],['Bomb',4]
['<=5.6',35],['5.7',55],['5.8',74],['5.9',86],['5.10',217],['5.11',163],['5.12',74],['5.13',15],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',51],['V2-3',43],['V4-5',16],['V6-7',5],['V8-9',2],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in High Desert

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for High Desert:
Jack Be Nimble   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Box Canyon East : Boy Scout Wall
Cool Enough   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Box Canyon East : Boy Scout Wall
Route 66   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Raven Rocks : Raven Rocks South
Reaching Rayane   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Box Canyon East : Boy Scout Wall
Overhanger   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   South Area : VD (Very Direct) Wall
Welcome to NJC   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Raven Rocks : Raven Rocks West (Warm-up W...
Three Giant Steps   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Box Canyon East : Boy Scout Wall
Red Hulk   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Fairview Dome : South Face
Holey Moley   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Raven Rocks : Raven Rocks North Face "Pow...
Necessary Evil   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Cemetery : Evil Pillar
Espresso   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Raven Rocks : Raven Rocks North Face "Pow...
Circus   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   BMX Crags : Carousel Rock
The Scene Is Not For Sale   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Box Canyon East : Crossfire Crag
Fantasia   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Box Canyon East : Fantasy Island
Crucified   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Box Canyon East : Crucified Crag
The Minute Men Arete   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Box Canyon East : Fantasy Island
Freakshow   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Box Canyon East : Fairway
Crossfire   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Box Canyon East : Crossfire Crag
Double Kneebar Ranch   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Box Canyon East : Crossfire Crag
The Travesty   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Box Canyon West : Arch Rocks
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Featured Route For High Desert
Rock Climbing Photo: Arch rocks with the route "Ride The Wild"...

Ride The Wild 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  CA : High Desert : ... : Arch Rocks
Climbs the steep, longer bolted route on the right. Shares anchors with No Use For A Name. Pockets, long reaches, side pulls, heel hook, underclings....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: High Desert Sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
High Desert Sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Face in The High Desert. Photo by Blitzo.
Face in The High Desert. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Desert storm.  Photo by Blitzo.
Desert storm. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Desert moon. Photo by Blitzo.
Desert moon. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Desert Lightning. Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Lightning. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Kelso Dunes, Mojave National Preserve. March 2008
Kelso Dunes, Mojave National Preserve. March 2008
Rock Climbing Photo: Desert Chicory. Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Chicory. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Somewhere in the High Desert. Photo by Blitzo.
Somewhere in the High Desert. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Goldstone Mars Station 70m dish.
Goldstone Mars Station 70m dish.
Rock Climbing Photo: Apollo Valley - 3x 34m Beam Wave Guide antennas.
Apollo Valley - 3x 34m Beam Wave Guide antennas.
Rock Climbing Photo: Desert Wash. Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Wash. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Alone in the desert. Photo by Blitzo.
Alone in the desert. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Soda Lake, Devil's Playground and Granite Mountain...
Soda Lake, Devil's Playground and Granite Mountain...
Rock Climbing Photo: Boulder-Granite Mountains. Photo by Blitzo.
Boulder-Granite Mountains. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tarantula Wasp. Photo by Blitzo.
Tarantula Wasp. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Granite Mountains-storm. Photo by Blitzo.
Granite Mountains-storm. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Desert Five Spot. Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Five Spot. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset at Wagonwheel.
Sunset at Wagonwheel.
Rock Climbing Photo: Margaritaville. Photo by Blitzo.
Margaritaville. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: High Desert. Photo by Blitzo.
High Desert. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: The road to Margheritaville, High Desert
The road to Margheritaville, High Desert
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset at Margheritaville, High Desert
Sunset at Margheritaville, High Desert
Rock Climbing Photo: Desert sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
Desert sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bee on Bladderpod. Photo by Blitzo.
Bee on Bladderpod. Photo by Blitzo.

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By Chris Owen
Administrator
From: Big Bear Lake
Feb 14, 2008
TEASER:

Lots of virgin granite at the NASA Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex (20 miles west of Fort Irwin, north of Barstow). But you'll need a NASA pass to get there!
By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From: Vegas
Oct 31, 2010
We just spent some time out at Goldstone last week- My BF's father used to work there as an engineer back in the day, and arranged a nice tour for us. Cool place, incredible antennas, cool rock, and crags for the chosen ones for sure- Go NASA! Yay UFOs, woohoo aliens... climb on!

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