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Rat Rock is mostly made up of trad routes with a couple good sport routes as well. With just a short hike from the new Barker Dam parking lot, it is just across the dam as you walk the nature trail. Hosting at least 14 routes, there is anything from easy to moderate climbing on sun soaked stone with wonderful views of the dam and park area surounding it. Some crusty stone can be found on the less traveled routes but rock quality is fine all around. For a tour of this rock, climbing up from the dam on Rat Ledge (5.8) and then over the top to a short but fun single bolt line of Damm Dike (5.7) to set a toprope (or drop down for inspired trad lead) on a beautiful right-facing dihedral of The Way it Should Be (5.10a). Finally a couple of wild, moderate sport routes can be found with a shared two bolt anchor, just down the rock from The Way it Should Be to finish off the visit. Fun stuff...
Park at the new Barker Dam parking lot and hit the nature trail toward Barker Dam. Once at the dam, the routes can be reached either by crossing the dam itself (don't fall in...) or by skirting the water around to the east, along the base of Lakeside Rock.
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Bad Lizards 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
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Bad Lizards 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Rat Rock
Cross Barker Dam to Rat Rock; drop off the left side (west)and walk around the formation for about a hundred feet and up a slab. Look for bolts following a vertical, unobtrusive dike to the left of a upward, left sweeping crack system (Rat Ledge). Climb the dike to an overhang with a bolt. Surmount the overhang and proceed up and right by three more bolts to the top. No rap bolts. Downclimb to your left (north). ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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