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Jailhouse Rock is a jumbled up kind of an area over at the far west end of Indian Cove. There are three short routes listed in the guidebooks, although I'm not sure any of them are worth the effort. There are some interesting dikes and crystals to check out on the more or less south-facing rock.
Park at the loop at the far west end of the family campground road. You will be looking at a north-facing, low angle slab with a couple of prominent dikes cutting through it. A lot of people call this slab Jailhouse Rock, but it's not -- it's Nature Trail Wall. For Jailhouse, walk south on a well-esstablished trail about 50 yards or so and hang a left behind the corner of the formation. There is a small flat area, but you have to do a little bit of scrambling up the wide gully to get to the climbs. Cellbound (5.5) is at the top of gully (right side of the south face), and the other two climbs are a bit left of Cellbound. Head north from the top of the climbs to the obvious descent through the gully between Jailhouse and Nature Trail rocks.
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Cellbound 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Jailhouse Rock
Cellbound ascends the arete at the right side of Jailhouse Rock (more or less). Start on a crystal protrusion around the corner, ascend a short dike and thin crack to an extremely low-angle lieback that continues to the summit.Vogel and Bartlett both rate this a 5.5, and Vogel gives it two stars. Personally, I thought it was a worthless piece of crap climb that wasn't worth the 3 minute approach. We climbed it the same day as Right On (also 5.5) on Saddle Rocks, and this is a MUCH easier clim...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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