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The Oyster Bar  

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On the lower right end of the Cowboy Crags area as viewed from the road, this rock features a handful of generally south facing dihedrals and face routes and around on the eastern side, it's namesake routes Oyster Bar 5.11b and Path of the Oyster 5.11c.

Getting There 

Park at the paved parking (not just a turnout but a small lot) a short distance past Ryan Campground. A trail leads from here to the base of Target Rock. At the base of the crag head left and follow the base of the crag to a large rocky and vegetated ravine. Travel up this (stay right, easy) and towards the top turn left to keep the terrain easiest. This should eventually deposit you at the Oyster Bar. Maybe 20 minutes from the road.

Climbing Season

Weather station 11.0 miles from here

7 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Oyster Bar:
Path Of The Oyster   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Oyster Bar   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Stress Puppet 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Oyster Bar
Just left of the Oyster Bar proper is this 5 bolt route. The first bolt can be clipped by leaning off a boulder on the right instead of climbing up to it. Two bolts of steep climbing lead to the top of a large flake/horn type feature. From here easy moves lead to the fourth bolt, the third bolt seems a ways right and difficult to get to / bother clipping. Fun moves with more holds than are visible from the ground lead to the top. 2 bolt anchor, rappell the Oyster Bar routes to descend or downcli...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By C Miller
Apr 20, 2013
Another, perhaps better, approach to the upper Oyster Bar routes is to head around past Conrad Rock and the southern entrance to The Asylum and then contour across the hillside to the east-facing Oyster Bar routes. Although this way may be a little longer, the elevation gain is more gradual and as a bonus you hike past all of the best climbs in the area.