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Moosedog Tower 


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Location: 34.0949, -116.1649 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Brian Reynolds on Jun 23, 2002
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Moosedog Tower Descent.
Photo by Blitzo.

Description 

Moosedog Tower is one of the high points in Indian Cove, and offers great views of the area, as well as some of the longer climbs in Indian Cove. The highlights are the climbs near the Direct South Face (5.9) (which turns a great roof!), including Wandering Winnebago (5.8+) and Third Time's a Charm (5.10b). Tranquility (5.6) is the easiest way up to the summit, but for the most part it's an awkward, unpleasant climb.

Descend by heading towards the back of the tower, where there is a two-bolt rap anchor. After a short, fun, free-hanging rappel, you can descend the southwest gully to your left or scramble to your right towards the group camp area.


Getting There 

Moosedog is the last formation on your right as you head out towards the western end of the family campsite area. You have to wander through a campsite or two to get to the base of the south buttress, where Tranquility and Direct South Face begin. A number of other routes ascend the steeper southwest face in the gully to the left of the formation (which doubles as the descent gully).


Climbing Season


13 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',3],['5.8',3],['5.9',2],['5.10',3],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Moosedog Tower:
Wandering Winnebago   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 160'   
Direct South Face   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   
Third Time's a Charm   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   
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Featured Route For Moosedog Tower
This is the route Tranquility follows if you read the guides written by Alan Bartlett, Randy Vogel, or the old guide by John Wolfe and Bob Dominick.  You don't walk around to the right above the roof, you move left to the exposed arete.  This felt like 5.6, maybe 5.5 to me.

Tranquility 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Moosedog Tower
Tranquility goes up the toe of the south buttess of Moosedog Tower and. At the alcove about 50 feet up, curve right around the overhang to the 1st "summit." Continue up slabby face climbing to the top of the formation.This climb gets one star only if you can't lead 5.8. Otherwise, skip this one and climb Direct South Face. Moosedog has a nice summit and a fun, free-hanging rappel descent, but this route is a fairly unpleasant way to get there. There are some nice moves off the ground, and t...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Moosedog Tower. <br />Photo by Blitzo,
Moosedog Tower.
Photo by Blitzo,
Moosedog Tower - SW Face
BETA PHOTO: Moosedog Tower - SW Face
Moosedog Tower. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Moosedog Tower.
Photo by Blitzo.
Moosedog Tower from the road, a very short approach- even shorter if you are camped at this site in Indian Cove. Photo 1/05 by Tony Bubb.
BETA PHOTO: Moosedog Tower from the road, a very short approac...
rappel off moosedog tower
rappel off moosedog tower
Turning the roof on Moosedog Tower
Turning the roof on Moosedog Tower
Agina Sedler atop Moosedog Tower near the rap chains.
Agina Sedler atop Moosedog Tower near the rap chai...
Moosedog Tower Beta photo from the classic 1979 edition of John Wolfe and Bob Dominick's guide.
BETA PHOTO: Moosedog Tower Beta photo from the classic 1979 ed...
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By M.Morley
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From: Sacramento, CA
Jan 3, 2003

Approach through family site 82.

By shelby beardslee
From: 29 Palms, CA
Mar 17, 2013

Moosedog Tower is closed to June 15, 2013

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