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Stirrup Rock Rock Climbing 

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Location: 33.9593, -116.0184 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: Stirrup Rock. Photo by Blitzo.


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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 12.1 miles from here

13 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Stirrup Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Stirrup Rock:
Jugular Vein   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Stirrup Rock - North Face
Dancin' Daze   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Stirrup Rock - South Face
Peter Eater Pumpkin Eater   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Stirrup Rock - South Face
Freckle Face   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Stirrup Rock - North Face
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Featured Route For Stirrup Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Carlos Danger

Carlos Danger 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Stirrup Rock - South Face
Climb up a slab past two bolts, then run it out (easy) to the headwall. Climb up and then right to the blunt arete, pasting more bolts, until you reach the slabby finish. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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