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Short Wall Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 3,000'
Location: 34.0926, -116.1535 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Jun 21, 2002
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Short Wall 12-18-2008. Photo by Blitzo.


To say the Short Wall is a popular spot is an understatement and with it's distinct lack of approach, sunny south-facing orientation and abundance of easy to moderate crack and face routes it's no surprise. Although many of the routes can easily be lead, and are often soloed, it's toproping that rules here. Expect to find multiple ropes strung up on weekends as it's a popular spot with youth groups and other organizations teaching basic rock climbing - fortunately mid-week is more relaxed.

Getting There 

Make a left (heading southeast) at Billboard Buttress, which is the road leading to Rattlesnake Canyon. The Short Wall is on the left, facing south, just before two roads merge into one. Day use parking is available at the eastern end of the wall with room for approximately 8 vehicles.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.2 miles from here

30 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',18],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Short Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Short Wall:
Lateralus   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 190'   Short Wall - Left Side
Step 'n Out   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Short Wall - Left Side
Right V Crack   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Short Wall - Left Side
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Featured Route For Short Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber getting ready to launch up Double Trouble

Double Trouble 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Short Wall - Left Side
This would be a classic if some moron hadn't chopped the bolts. The one time I climbed it, one bolt existed to the right of the crack; it's gone. People that pull this nonsense should be hung by their tongues over hot coals. Getting off the ground is a good boulder problem in itself. From there on it's grip city to the crack. The way it stands now, it's X. TR seems the reasonable way to climb it at this point....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Yuccas in bloom at Short Wall. Photo by Blitzo.
Yuccas in bloom at Short Wall. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Short Wall. Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: Short Wall. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mojave Yucca near the Short Wall, Indian Cove.
Mojave Yucca near the Short Wall, Indian Cove.
Rock Climbing Photo: Beware of these critters atop the Right Side of Sh...
BETA PHOTO: Beware of these critters atop the Right Side of Sh...

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By Brian Reynolds
Jun 26, 2002
If you want to climb on the right of this formation (the REALLY "short" area), get there EARLY. Boy scouts and church groups love to to gang-rope this one.
By M.Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Oct 26, 2003
There are 6 fun cracks 5.6 and under on the Short Wall that make for a fun early morning or late afternoon solo circuit. From left to right: Mad Race (5.4), Linda's Crack (5.2), Double Crack (5.3), Toe Jam Express (5.3), S.O.B. (5.6), and Donna T's Route (5.5). Chockstone Chimney makes for the quickest descent.
By Locker
From: Yucca Valley, CA
Nov 29, 2004
the Short Wal as most know is usually crowded and of course really short. I have taken many, many groups there and feel it is a great formation to get newbies started. The easy walkup the back side and the many pro possibilities ad to this rock being a great one for teaching gear and the rest. It also is a fun rock to solo. Almost everyone that is reading this already knows all of what I have written. But the comments are few on this rock so I figured I toss some at it.............
By Rodger Raubach
Aug 30, 2012
On my (all too infrequent) trips to Joshua Tree, this area is invariably the first stop, snd is a great place to "work out the kinks" after a long drive.
By Gary Schenk
Jan 22, 2015
Too bad it's getting so slick. And the Boy Scouts act like they own the whole wall.

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