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Stirrup Towers Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: Star Trek Tower. Photo by Blitzo.


The Stirrup Towers consist of a series of crags oriented northwest to southeast for a few hundred yards.

Individual rock formations on the west side, from north to south, include the Star Trek Tower, Frolic Towers, Pyramid Tower, and the Stirrup. The routes are generally moderate in grade (5.8 - 5.10), on fairly good quality rock and are mixed or bolt protected.

The Mental Block, on the east side, sports two excellent bolted climbs that share the initial bolt and anchor. Paranoia (5.11b) ascends a steep face on edges while Manic Depression (5.11b) involves smearing on shallow depressions.

The Hand Grenade Corridor is near the north end of the Stirrup towers, east of the Frolic Towers and is hidden from view. The best routes are Hand Grenade (5.10a), a fun hand to fist crack climb and Horseshoe (5.11c), a steep, runout face climb to hand crack.

Getting There 

The northern edge of the Stirrup Towers are easily accessed by walking east from the Stirrup Tank parking lot.

Climbing Season

Weather station 12.1 miles from here

8 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Stirrup Towers

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Stirrup Towers:
Bublinki   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Featured Route For Stirrup Towers
Rock Climbing Photo: "Beam Me Up Scottie". Photo by Blitzo.

Beam Me Up Scottie 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Stirrup Towers
Located on the west face of a Star Trek Tower, a small free-standing formation which sits in front of the actual Stirrup Towers. From the parking area walk south past the toilets until the formation comes into view and then make an easy scramble up to the formation where you'll find a flat ledge to belay from. Starting in dark rock, make a high-step to reach the first bolt and then reach left (may be reachy for shorter people) to gain some lumpy holds which are mantled to reach the second bolt....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Rock Climbing Photo: Stirrup Towers in afternoon light. Beam Me Up Scot...
BETA PHOTO: Stirrup Towers in afternoon light. Beam Me Up Scot...
Rock Climbing Photo: Pyramid Tower and The Stirrup, Joshua Tree NP
BETA PHOTO: Pyramid Tower and The Stirrup, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: The Stirrup. Photo by Blitzo.
The Stirrup. Photo by Blitzo.

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