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Wonderous Plants and Animals of Joshua Tree (?) 

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Joshua Tree National Park 


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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0122, -116.168 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, Adam Stackhouse, M.Morley, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
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OVERVIEW 

Joshua Tree is a world famous area with thousands of routes, countless boulder problems and a very limited number of campsites. Long popular as a winter destination, it's appeal has only grown throughout the years as climbers of all abilities have discovered the mild temperatures, grippy rock and surreal landscape which make it a must visit area on any climber's list.

Todayís park visitor comes from around the globe, with some here to climb and others simply here to gaze at the wonder. Looky-loos can crowd some areas during the weekends, but thatís part of the parkís mission allowing everyone the opportunity to enjoy the park.

That said, sometimes Joshua Tree's popularity outgrows its carrying capacity, and is often the case, overnight camping can become very scarce, very fast. While the park service has made strides to expand the number of campsites, it has strengthened its rules about the number of campers per site, along with the number of vehicles per site. Current prices of overnight camping can be found here, along with other specific campground information. Other overnight options are listed below.

The fee to enter Joshua Tree is currently $15 per vehicle, which is good for 7 days from the date on the receipt. When time permits, the rangers will check the out-going traffic for valid receipts. An annual pass is also available, and at $30, stands as an excellent value for those visiting the park more often. Both are purchased at the check stations at the entrances to the park. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

The rock itself is quartz monzonite and tends to be fairly solid, but the less traveled and/or newer routes can have the dreaded "ball bearings underfoot syndrome" making those friction moves a tad more dicey. The best rock sports a coating of "desert varnish" or patina which darkens and solidifies the rock appreciably.

Kudos to this page's founding father M.Morley. In June 2002 the website "climbingjtree" went online.




Kelby Burnham on The Wild Goose.
Kelby Burnham on The Wild Goose.


Visitor Information 760-367-5500




CAMPING 

There is no running water in the Park. Come prepared with a 5-gallon or more jug if planning on staying more than a day.

  • BLM land for the squeeze.

The rarely deserted Indian Cove Campground.
The rarely deserted Indian Cove Campground.



Sunset from site #2   <br /> <br /><a href='/v/hidden-valley-campground/105720573'>Hidden Valley Campground</a>
Sunset from site #2

Hidden Valley Campground



BLM overflow camping sites, Joshua Tree NP
BLM overflow camping sites, Joshua Tree NP


HOTELS, MOTELS, B&Bs, and VACATION HOMES 

Weekends are crowded during peak season! With its proximity to Los Angeles and San Diego, the Park draws more than 1 million visitors annually. Plan accordingly and have a backup plan if the campgrounds are full. There are numerous inexpensive motels in the nearby towns of Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and 29 Palms.
Lodging Overview


REST DAY ACTIVITIES 

  • The Integratron - "a one-of-a-kind building designed as a rejuvenation and time machine"
  • 29 Palms Murals - A collection of 20 murals scattered throughout this desert town.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES 


GEAR, SUPPLIES AND MEDICAL 

  • Just down the road in Yucca Valley, one can find most any service and supply necessary; from major grocery stores and ubiquitous fast food joints, to auto lube and tunes.

  • Nomad Ventures is the local place to get climbing gear, guidebooks and information about the climbing in Joshua Tree. The folks are friendly and very knowledgeable.

  • Guide books for the area range from the no frills Bartlett guides to the fairly exhaustive Vogel guides as well as a couple of bouldering specific guides. All have something that the other doesn't.

  • Nearest hospital is the High Desert Medical Center in the town of Joshua Tree. Cell phone coverage in the park IS SPOTTY AT BEST to NONEXISTENT AT WORST. There is an emergency phone in near the restrooms in Hidden Valley Campground/Intersection Rock. Use only in an emergency.


GETTING HERE 

* From Palm Springs Airport (PSP) to the West Entrance is 43.6 miles

* From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the West Entrance is 148 miles

* From Las Vegas International Airport (LAS) to the North Entrance is 225 miles

* From Phoenix International Airport (PHX) through the South Entrance to Belle Campground is 259 miles

* From Yosemite National Park via Tioga Pass Entrance to the West Entrance is 375 miles


Other Interesting Stuff 

What makes the largest variety of Yucca special? See here

Some formations are in designated Wilderness Areas, while others are not? Which is where?


Sport climbs of Joshua Tree 

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Me on the FA (?), mid crux. <br />Jimi Thornburg photo.
Me on the FA (?), mid crux.
Jimi Thornburg photo.
Erik on "Is that a Munchkin in your Pocket". <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Erik on "Is that a Munchkin in your Pocket".
Photo by Blitzo.
Bob Gaines leading Out of Order on the first ascent. Photo by Bruce Boe.
Bob Gaines leading Out of Order on the first ascent. Photo by Bruce Boe.


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4,965 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Joshua Tree National Park:
Gunsmoke   V3 6A     Boulder, 80'   Gunsmoke Area : Gunsmoke Wall
White Rastafarian   V3 6A R     Boulder, 20'   Outback Bouldering : White Rastafarian Boulder
Right On   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
SW Corner   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Ryan Campground : Headstone Rock
Double Cross   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face
Mental Physics   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Wonderland of Rocks : Lenticular Dome
Sail Away   5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Real Hidden Valley : Hidden Tower
Walk on the Wild Side   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Dappled Mare   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   Lost Horse Wall : Lost Horse Wall - Right Sid...
Pope's Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Echo Rock : Echo Rock - South Face
Touch and Go   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Echo Rock Area : Touch and Go Face
Bird of Fire   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Split Rocks : Isles in the Sky
Figures on a Landscape (aka Monkey on My Back)   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   North Astro Dome : North Astro Dome - Northeas...
Illusion Dweller   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Sentinel : The Sentinel - West Face
O'Kelley's Crack   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Echo Rock Area : Rusty Wall
Rubicon   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Split Rocks : Rubicon Formation
Clean and Jerk   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Sports Challenge Rock : Sports Challenge Rock - Eas...
Coarse and Buggy   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Roadside Rocks : Dihedral Rock
Leave it to Beaver (aka The Beaver)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Sports Challenge Rock : Sports Challenge Rock - Eas...
Equinox   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Jerry's Quarry and Lost Pen... : Jerry's Quarry
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A true fixture in the Park. <br /><a href='http://www.EarthworksImagery.com' target='_blank' rel='nofollow' >www.EarthworksImagery.com</a>
A true fixture in the Park.
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Joshua Tree Sunset
Joshua Tree Sunset
A hopping roadrunner. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
A hopping roadrunner.
Photo by Blitzo.
Bird and Brodie launching the Space Pod. Photo: Eric Draper
Bird and Brodie launching the Space Pod. Photo: Er...
This is my favorite reason to be in Jtree.
This is my favorite reason to be in Jtree.
Saddle Rocks at sunset. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Saddle Rocks at sunset.
Photo by Blitzo.
Night Sky. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Night Sky.
Photo by Blitzo.
I beg to differ.
I beg to differ.
whitetank campground jt ca
whitetank campground jt ca
Bob Cat. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Bob Cat.
Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Lily at sunset. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Lily at sunset.
Photo by Blitzo.
One of my bros... <br /> <br />Barker Dam area
One of my bros...

Barker Dam area
Joshua Tree sunset. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Joshua Tree sunset.
Photo by Blitzo.
The first sunset of 2010, Joshua Tree NP
The first sunset of 2010, Joshua Tree NP
Quite the sunset
Quite the sunset
One of the many cool things about this park...  Maybe an early 30's pickup?  Anyone a car buff?
One of the many cool things about this park... Ma...
The rarely deserted Indian Cove Campground.
The rarely deserted Indian Cove Campground.
Headstone Rock
Headstone Rock
Loner
Loner
Below Loose Lady (10a).
Below Loose Lady (10a).
Joshua Tree, the early days-1974
Joshua Tree, the early days-1974
Hummingbird and Ocotillo, Joshua Tree NP
Hummingbird and Ocotillo, Joshua Tree NP
Horny Toad. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Horny Toad.
Photo by Blitzo.
Datura blossom
Datura blossom
A typical Josh spring flower show...
A typical Josh spring flower show...
Bachar collection....
Bachar collection....
Desert Tortoise. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Tortoise.
Photo by Blitzo.
Joshua Tree Shadow at Sunset
Joshua Tree Shadow at Sunset
Spring bloom at the cholla garden.  April 08.
Spring bloom at the cholla garden. April 08.
Winter can bring snow and a different look to the desert. Joshua Tree near Jumbo Rocks.
Winter can bring snow and a different look to the ...
Ryan Campground
Ryan Campground
Yucca/Rock/Moon
Yucca/Rock/Moon
scrap metal welded together, including rebar rope
scrap metal welded together, including rebar rope
Just another gorgeous afternoon in the Tree
Just another gorgeous afternoon in the Tree
Joshua Tree-snow. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Joshua Tree-snow.
Photo by Blitzo.
Rainbows are nice! <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Rainbows are nice!
Photo by Blitzo.
Tarantula. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Tarantula.
Photo by Blitzo.
Another scrub oak jay.
Another scrub oak jay.
Wacky clouds on a gorgeous afternoon.
Wacky clouds on a gorgeous afternoon.
The venerable Joshua Tree.
The venerable Joshua Tree.
Wildlife
Wildlife
Figures on a landscape...
Figures on a landscape...
Tarantula
Tarantula
Left Ski Track, 5.11- <br />Intersection Rock <br /> <br />
Left Ski Track, 5.11-
Intersection Rock

In the Jumbo Rocks Area. 3-7-10
In the Jumbo Rocks Area. 3-7-10
Trees, rocks, and sky...
Trees, rocks, and sky...
jtree night sky.
jtree night sky.
Balanced boulder...
Balanced boulder...
Dead tree out by Dutzi Rock with Saddle Rocks in the background
Dead tree out by Dutzi Rock with Saddle Rocks in t...
Sunrise.
Sunrise.
More cool history from the park. Would love to know more about this one...
More cool history from the park. Would love to kno...
Lightning in JTNP
Lightning in JTNP
Anyone know what kind of cactus this is??
Anyone know what kind of cactus this is??
My 1000th photo submission!
My 1000th photo submission!
Stinkbug. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Stinkbug.
Photo by Blitzo.
Joshua tree blossom. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Joshua tree blossom.
Photo by Blitzo.
Mountain Project gets around.....
Mountain Project gets around.....
Juvenile Sidewinder Rattlesnake.  Photographed at the base of Mindless Mound in Joshua Tree National Park.
Juvenile Sidewinder Rattlesnake. Photographed at ...
Springtime 08 at the Cholla Garden.
Springtime 08 at the Cholla Garden.
Furry creatures at the Cholla Garden, Joshua Tree NP
Furry creatures at the Cholla Garden, Joshua Tree ...
Patty Fienup and one very large Joshua Tree.
Patty Fienup and one very large Joshua Tree.
Labeled this one (see other shot), I think they are pretty much all correct.  Not to be used for navigation, ha.
Labeled this one (see other shot), I think they ar...
Joshua Tree Sunset
Joshua Tree Sunset
A golden afternoon in Josh
A golden afternoon in Josh
Cap Rock
Cap Rock
GP memorial area
GP memorial area
Kris Solem on Headstone.
Kris Solem on Headstone.
Quit your job, Joshua Tree NP
Quit your job, Joshua Tree NP
Bouldering at the Meadows Boulder, Joshua Tree NP
Bouldering at the Meadows Boulder, Joshua Tree NP
Mrs. C Schaumann enjoying Peet's in the morning sun.
Mrs. C Schaumann enjoying Peet's in the morning su...
Recycle
Recycle
beware the coyote shoe thief. he steals one of your lame amagos or whatever they're called and then makes you cry about it and have everyone help you look for it for 3 hours. you will be left with the saddest rack in the world. its like a wearable frown
beware the coyote shoe thief. he steals one of you...
A view of San Gorgonio.
A view of San Gorgonio.
la luna
la luna
This sunset only got better.
This sunset only got better.
desert tortous jt ca
desert tortous jt ca
And the culmination.
And the culmination.
Dusk in Indian Cove Campground
Dusk in Indian Cove Campground
best end to a day
best end to a day
Just getting started...
Just getting started...
Flourescent Cactus
Flourescent Cactus
Climbers on Loose Lady
Climbers on Loose Lady
Dune Primrose. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Dune Primrose.
Photo by Blitzo.
Another spectacular sunset in Joshua Tree, CA
Another spectacular sunset in Joshua Tree, CA
Hawks and moon. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Hawks and moon.
Photo by Blitzo.
Joshua Tree NP
Joshua Tree NP
Jtree
Jtree
The Fish
The Fish
 "L"
"L"
If you stare long enough something happens....
If you stare long enough something happens....
49 Palms Oasis. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
49 Palms Oasis.
Photo by Blitzo.
Joshua Tree Sunrise
Joshua Tree Sunrise
One Joshua Tree helping out another...
One Joshua Tree helping out another...
Cooling down in early season.
Cooling down in early season.
Road Runner in a willow. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Road Runner in a willow.
Photo by Blitzo.
action figure
action figure
All the pretty colors of the native grasses and shrubs
All the pretty colors of the native grasses and sh...
Instead of Glinda, good witch of the North, it was a 10 ton black boulder, perched atop the slab....
Instead of Glinda, good witch of the North, it was...
Desert Blooms
Desert Blooms
The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers
Classic Desert Sunset in Joshua Tree
Classic Desert Sunset in Joshua Tree
Only a shadow of himself...
Only a shadow of himself...
Ryan Ranch ruins
Ryan Ranch ruins
An ugly plant yields a stunning bloom in April.
An ugly plant yields a stunning bloom in April.
Captured aura atop a small unknown formation
Captured aura atop a small unknown formation
chuckawalla
chuckawalla
No sunsets like J-Tree...
No sunsets like J-Tree...
My version of a Josh sunset...
My version of a Josh sunset...
<a href='/v/hall-of-horrors-area/106239037'>Hall of Horrors Area</a> and <a href='/v/saddle-rocks-area/106239042'>Saddle Rocks Area</a>
Old film shot from the Wonderland, when extra saturation was actually done at a lab.
Old film shot from the Wonderland, when extra satu...
Pinto Mountain (elev. 3983) surrounded by the lowland Colorado Desert.
Pinto Mountain (elev. 3983) surrounded by the lowl...
A joshua tree that died and went to heaven long ago...
A joshua tree that died and went to heaven long ag...
A view to the east...
A view to the east...
Love those desert town murals...
Love those desert town murals...
There's a guy up there, hanging from the rock!
There's a guy up there, hanging from the rock!
Afghan hound or indian headdress?
Afghan hound or indian headdress?
Joshua Tree sunset
Joshua Tree sunset
One of a million Joshua Tree pebbles
One of a million Joshua Tree pebbles
Pretty yucca
Pretty yucca
There's a new Pizza joint in town. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
There's a new Pizza joint in town.
Photo by Blitzo...
Welcome to Joshua Tree
Welcome to Joshua Tree
Odd looking rock.
Odd looking rock.
JT Sunset
JT Sunset
alcove
alcove
A typical Jtree sunset
A typical Jtree sunset
Sunset brought to you by Joshua Tree
Sunset brought to you by Joshua Tree
Butterfly.  <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Butterfly.
Photo by Blitzo.
Key's View; Mt. San Jacinto (L) and San Gorgonio (R)
Key's View; Mt. San Jacinto (L) and San ...
Desert Blooms
Desert Blooms
Climbers on SW
Climbers on SW
Look up to Grit Roof
BETA PHOTO: Look up to Grit Roof
Horny toad spotted by my wife on the Oasis hike.
Horny toad spotted by my wife on the Oasis hike.
We've been approved to open and In-n-Out in the Hidden Valley Campground!  Apply today!
We've been approved to open and In-n-Out in the Hi...
A Climber's Friend. Scrub Oak Jay on top of an old Joshua bloom.
A Climber's Friend. Scrub Oak Jay on top of an old...
The Cholla Garden looked really nice with all the flowers blooming.
The Cholla Garden looked really nice with all the ...
Weekly rentals, great location, cheap!
Weekly rentals, great location, cheap!
Hidden Valley Campground
Hidden Valley Campground
It's an artsy kinda thing...
It's an artsy kinda thing...
Screen shot of old "climbingjtree.com" home page as it looked in 2002. Seems like a long time ago!
Screen shot of old "climbingjtree.com" home page a...
Bring tape!
Bring tape!
Too bad about the LA smog but the view was cool flying out of Palm Springs right over the park.  I labeled the places I recognized on the next shot.
Too bad about the LA smog but the view was cool fl...
Roadside Ocotillos
Roadside Ocotillos
Yucca and stars.
Yucca and stars.
right near the entrance of The 29 Palms Inn is this cool installation.
right near the entrance of The 29 Palms Inn is thi...
Key's View
Key's View
Beavertail in bloom.  <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Beavertail in bloom.
Photo by Blitzo.
Yum
Yum
March of the Joshua Trees!
March of the Joshua Trees!
Another stunning January day of romping around in Joshua Tree...
Another stunning January day of romping around in ...
More here than just Joshua Trees!
More here than just Joshua Trees!
Spring bloom in the Ocotillo patch.  April '08.
Spring bloom in the Ocotillo patch. April '08.
Beavertail cactus.
Beavertail cactus.
Barbar-like boulder
Barbar-like boulder
Blooming Joshua Tree.
Blooming Joshua Tree.
Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree
Climbers on Figures
Climbers on Figures
Let it snow
Let it snow
Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree
The vast Pinto Basin
The vast Pinto Basin
let it snow 2
let it snow 2
Cholla cactus (Opuntia genus)
Cholla cactus (Opuntia genus)
Evening Sky at Joshua Tree
Evening Sky at Joshua Tree
Sunset in Jtree- stop the car and get out... you can get back to camp and cook later. Photo by Tony Bubb 4/02.
Sunset in Jtree- stop the car and get out... you c...
Days forthcoming...
BETA PHOTO: Days forthcoming...
Sunset in Jtree
Sunset in Jtree
The Joshua Tree Saloon
The Joshua Tree Saloon
Leafing Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) in Pinto Basin.
Leafing Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) in Pinto B...
Hedgehog flower. <br />photo by Blitzo.
Hedgehog flower.
photo by Blitzo.
Unusual sand dune formation in Pinto Basin
Unusual sand dune formation in Pinto Basin
Good short double Hand crack.
Good short double Hand crack.
The little town of Joshua Tree at night. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
The little town of Joshua Tree at night.
Photo by ...
Metallic Bighorn, Joshua Tree NP
Metallic Bighorn, Joshua Tree NP
San Gorgonio from Queen Valley. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
San Gorgonio from Queen Valley.
Photo by Blitzo.
J Tree in the fall
J Tree in the fall
close up of notations
close up of notations
Given all that it had...
Given all that it had...
Nomad Ventures, Joshua Tree
Nomad Ventures, Joshua Tree
Giant Nolina. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Giant Nolina.
Photo by Blitzo.
The Park's namesake.
The Park's namesake.
Focus now...
Focus now...
Hidden Valley Campground, Spring, 1982.
Hidden Valley Campground, Spring, 1982.
Snow Bluejay
Snow Bluejay
Springtime in Joshua Tree brings out the cactus blooms.
Springtime in Joshua Tree brings out the cactus bl...
Santa Claus?
Santa Claus?
View of Ryan Mountain and Saddle Rocks from Sheep Pass.
View of Ryan Mountain and Saddle Rocks from Sheep ...
Desert Willow. <br />Photo by  Blitzo.
Desert Willow.
Photo by Blitzo.
Juyen Lee on a beautiful day in Sheep Pass.
Juyen Lee on a beautiful day in Sheep Pass.
Cottonwood Springs
Cottonwood Springs
Dropping into the beautiful and vast Pinto Basin.
Dropping into the beautiful and vast Pinto Basin.
Flowering barrel cactus, HVCG
Flowering barrel cactus, HVCG
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By Chris treggE
Administrator
From: Madison, WI
Oct 13, 2008

Average temps

By Brad "Stonyman" Killough
Administrator
From: Alabama
Dec 5, 2008

Such an awesome place!!! Great pictures...!

By C Miller
Administrator
Nov 4, 2009

A recent article on obscure Joshua Tree routes - www.climbing.com/travel/jtree_gems/.

By C Miller
Administrator
Dec 21, 2009

Top 5 climbs in Joshua Tree?

By J.J
Dec 31, 2009

Just to let everyone know, there is a CHP station a few miles from the entrance to the West Entrance, and they're tricky ones those CHP officers!

By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Jan 3, 2010

Michael Reardon ripping up Josh, solo style...


By Chris Leitz
Nov 23, 2013

I was just in Jtree with my family, wife and two boys, 5 and 6 who love to climb and we wanted to get on some easier routes for them. Is it common practice here to have top ropes hanging on every climb at a crag and not let anyone else climb? I have climbed extensively throughout the west (colorado, utah, california), and even at places like potash road in Maob I have never ever seen this type of behavior. I had to listen to my sons asking "daddy, are we going to climb? why are those people not letting us climb?" This is a disgraceful practice, and next time I am just going to start pulling ropes! These routes sat there while groups had lunch with no one climbing them!!!! and we were told we could not climb. I did not want to make a scene in front of my kids and this happened at 3 crags! as I said, next time, I am just going to pull ropes, if you don't have anyone in your group that can lead a 5.5/5.6 then too bad. I guess I am just venting, would be interested in others feedback on this.

By toddgordon
From: Joshua Tree, California
Nov 24, 2013

Chris L. Sorry that this situation happened to you. I live in Joshua Tree and I rarely see this happen. You would not be out of line at all to ask these groups to share the crags or their ropes or whatever. Most people I meet go out of their way to share and accomodate. Next time, politely voice your concerns and see what happens;...it's worth a try anyways..

By David Carrera
Nov 24, 2013

Chris, that sucks. I say pull the ropes.
Was it guides or some meet-up group?
Also, so I know what areas to avoid, what were the 3 areas?

By AST
Nov 25, 2013

What? Seriously? I'm in the car right now headed to Jtree from Vegas. If I see anyone doing that crap, ropes will be pulled and defacated upon. My first time back in the park in over 15 years. I hope erosion hasn't made too many of the classics harder since then. :-)

By burlap submariner
Dec 14, 2013

How is josh in april? was looking to spend a week there towards the end of the month.

Essentially looking for the following.

-how cold is it?

-If quite cold are there certain aspects that face the sun for tolerable climbing conditons....and if so is it worth coming for 7 days to do so....

thanks

By C Miller
Administrator
Dec 16, 2013

Average temperatures
Average temperatures


Note that the elevation for the given temperatures is slightly under 2000 feet while Hidden Valley Campground is over 4000 feet which will mean slightly cooler temperatures.

There are scads of fun and enjoyable routes facing every direction of the compass, even south for when it's cold, so head out and climb for as long as your fingertips can take it!

By Brad Alexander
From: Costa Mesa, CA
Dec 17, 2013