Stirrup Rock has something for everyone, anytime of the year. The south face is a wind-sheltered sunbowl on the most frigid days of winter, while the north face catches shade in the warmer seasons. The crag is notable for its bulletproof dark-brown patina, which is flawless, with a smattering of light-colored stone, which isn't. On the south side, Peter Eater Pumpkin Eater is a tricky .10 finger crack with a low crux, while Overpowered By Funk just to the right is an ultra classic 5.12b toprope (or exciting lead). On the north face, Jugular Vein (5.8) is an amazing moderate that swallows gear, while Freckle Face (5.11a) will elicit a smile even as your fingers and forearms pump out for the finishing crux.
From the parking area, head west to Zippy rock, then turn right and head north to the major big brown crag with the long tall fingercrack. Scramble around the right(east) end to access the routes on the north side. Descend the slab on the east end to a rap from bolts or a couple easy fifth-class smears down to the boulders.
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Freckle Face 5.11a/b CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Stirrup Rock - North Face
This route starts off the left side of a boulder/ledge at the base of the wall, and climbs the nice face between "Jugular Vein" and "Do or Dike".The first lead went straight up to the second bolt. Now it is led to the left. A line of holds goes up excellent grey rock to a fairly new looking bolt. Move up and right to another bolt. Steep climbing up freckled rock passes two more bolts. The crux is after the last bolt.There is a two bolt anchor on top.There is a mystery bolt in the middle of three...[more] Browse More Classics in CA