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This is the first tall crag encountered on the way to the Comic Strip, the large formation the route Comic Book (5.9) is found on. Routes on this formation face southwest so plan on lots of sun unless you get there early in the morning. Climbs tend to be traditionally bolted face climbs on decent rock-fun but not the best in the Park-in a nice quiet setting. Here one can escape the circus-like atmosphere of Echo Rock and other popular spots.

The climbs range from the well protected Bottle In Front Of Me (5.10a) to the fun, two pitch Welcome To Joshua Tree (5.10c). There aren't many routes to do here but it is a nice area to check out. Often when several parties are at the Comic Strip one can climb in solitude at this crag.

Getting There 

Parking area for the Comic Book area is about 1/2 mile from the Echo Rock parking area in some turnouts. The Comic Book is easily visible as a large group of rocks set against a hillside, and in fact the namesake climb Comic Book is visible from certain spots of Hidden Valley Campground. The trail, which is marked with brown Access fund markers starts from the south (right if heading to Barker Dam) side of the road and winds it's way through the desert to the various formations.

5 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',2]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mary Worth Buttress:
Bottle in Front of Me   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Welcome to Joshua Tree   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   
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Distant Episode, 5.10

Distant Episode 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Mary Worth Buttress
This is the left-most bolted route on the Mary Worth Buttress and it starts about 20' left of Bottle In Front Of Me. Cruxy moves past the first bolt give way to runout but easier moves on suspect flakes and edges. Single rope rap (95') from anchors with a 60 meter rope. Two stars out of five....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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