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Elevation: 4,300'
Location: 33.9885, -116.1551 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: M.Morley on Mar 5, 2004
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Climbers atop Headstone Rock, Joshua Tree NP

Description 

Ryan Campground provides a nice alternative to those wishing to escape the HVCG "scene". The campsites are situated around a large central formation known as The Manure Pile, which, despite its size, has relatively few routes. The main attraction of Ryan is Headstone Rock, which lies just east of the campground. This 50' rock phallus is home of two super classic moderates - the airy SW Corner (5.6) and the steep, well-protected Cryptic (5.8). In addition, the area has some good bouldering. Slightly Ahead of Our Time, freeclimbed by Kevin Powell and Darrel Hensel in 1976, is the first reported 5.12 in the Park.


Getting There 

At an elevation of 4,300 feet, Ryan Campground lies 2.3 miles further down the road from Hidden Valley Campground, just past Cap Rock and the turnoff to Key's View. There are 31 sites. Camping is $5 per site per night. There is no water available.

Climbing Season



Weather station 11.5 miles from here

22 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',4],['5.8',4],['5.9',2],['5.10',4],['5.11',0],['5.12',4],['5.13',1],['>=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]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ryan Campground

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ryan Campground:
Barely Crankin'   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Manure Pile
SW Corner   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Headstone Rock
Tom Bombadil   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Manure Pile
The Allen Steck Memorial Route   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   The Manure Pile
Cryptic   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Headstone Rock
South Face Center   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Headstone Rock
Headmaster   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Headstone Rock
The Cutting Edge   5.13+ 8b 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Headstone Rock
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Featured Route For Ryan Campground
Rock Climbing Photo: Loving the exposure on the SW Corner

SW Corner 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Headstone Rock
Awesome setting, great summit, big air underneath you. This is a great climb. It's popular, and there's often a line, but it's still well worth doing. Ss soon as you hit the corner past the second bolt, it's like there's no one else around but you and a hundred feet of air. The crux is negotiating your way over a small bulge above the second bolt -- the holds are there and bomber, though, so fire away!! This is one climb that I intend to come back and do again, many times.For excellent phot...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Ryan Campground Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Classic Headstone shot
Classic Headstone shot
Rock Climbing Photo: Another stunning view of Joshua Tree
Another stunning view of Joshua Tree
Rock Climbing Photo: The moon and Venus from Ryan campground
The moon and Venus from Ryan campground
Rock Climbing Photo: Historic graffiti captioned: "Huntin' Willie ...
Historic graffiti captioned: "Huntin' Willie ...
Rock Climbing Photo: View from Ryan Mountain. Photo by Blitzo.
View from Ryan Mountain. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Beautiful night in Ryan.
Beautiful night in Ryan.
Rock Climbing Photo: Late afternoon light at Ryan Campground, Joshua Tr...
Late afternoon light at Ryan Campground, Joshua Tr...
Rock Climbing Photo: Giant Nolinas near Ryan Campground. Photo by Blitz...
Giant Nolinas near Ryan Campground. Photo by Blitz...
Rock Climbing Photo: Ryan Campground
BETA PHOTO: Ryan Campground
Rock Climbing Photo: Ryan Campground sits in a high vallel down below R...
BETA PHOTO: Ryan Campground sits in a high vallel down below R...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking north from Ryan Campground, Joshua Tree NP
Looking north from Ryan Campground, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking west from Ryan Campground, Joshua Tree NP
Looking west from Ryan Campground, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Tentus Gigantisaurous
Tentus Gigantisaurous
Rock Climbing Photo: Ryan Campground
Ryan Campground
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunrise Joshua Tree style.
Sunrise Joshua Tree style.
Rock Climbing Photo: View of Ryan Campground from the top of Headstone ...
BETA PHOTO: View of Ryan Campground from the top of Headstone ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Campsite 7: pretty sweet place to spend a weekend
Campsite 7: pretty sweet place to spend a weekend
Rock Climbing Photo: Ryan Campground
Ryan Campground
Rock Climbing Photo: Headstone Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Headstone Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ryan Campground from the highway. Spring Break, 19...
Ryan Campground from the highway. Spring Break, 19...
Rock Climbing Photo: Night time in Ryan Campground.
Night time in Ryan Campground.
Rock Climbing Photo: Camping and climbing at JTNP.
Camping and climbing at JTNP.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ryan Campground area from Ryan Mountain. Photo by ...
Ryan Campground area from Ryan Mountain. Photo by ...

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