Trashcan Rock Rock Climbing
Pictured here are the route The Trough through Bab...
Trashcan Rock hosts a high concentration of easier routes (5.0 - 5.6), a few moderates (5.7 - 5.9), and a few harder routes (5.10 - 5.11). None of the climbs are super-megaclassics, but it is a popular destination nonetheless. Several routes warrant an 'R' or 'X' rating, and as such there are usually quite a few topropes and the accompanying mayhem of beginner groups. Perhaps a good place to avoid on the weekends.
Descend all routes by walking down the north side.
The Quail Springs Day Use Area is the first major landmark on your right if you are driving in from the West Entrance of the Park (i.e., the town of Joshua Tree). It is about 6 miles from the West Entrance kiosk and is signed.
Trashcan Rock lies about 10' from the parking area. It's east face faces the main road.
Weather station 9.0 miles from here
29 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',1]
Classic Climbing Routes in Trashcan Rock
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Trashcan Rock:
Featured Route For Trashcan Rock
Left Sawdust Crack 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Trashcan Rock - East Face
Just to the left of Right Sawdust crack, climb the thinner and much more difficult crack, avoiding using Right Sawdust crack at the top where it gets a little cruxy. Not too bad though, just move fast enough to avoid the pump. Would be worth another star if it wasn't so close to Right Sawdust Crack, at the top it could be pretty tempting to use the other crack just 2-3' away....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
By Steve Powell
Dec 11, 2002
I happen to think that Quail Springs is a good area for both the beginning climber, and the beginning lead climber. there are also some nice moderate routes to 5.12 that are on the side facing the road.
By Adam Stackhouse
Feb 8, 2010
This is a very family friendly area, offering picnic tables, bbqs, restrooms and zero approach; all just steps from the car.
By Patrick Dyson
May 4, 2010
Watch for the tricky pro to setup the anchors on top (no bolts/chains that I saw). Take some big gear & moderately long slings.