Watergate Rock Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Topo for Watergate Rock, Joshua Tree NP A. Unsigh...
Sitting all alone on the desert floor, across from the Cerro Torre Tower and the Comic Strip, is this smallish dome with a large number of routes from 5.6 to 5.11+ on it's slabby northeast face.
Many of the routes here are slabby in nature and in the 5.6 to 5.9 range; a few harder offerings are here as well for those so inclined.
Approach as for the main Comic Book formation but veer off right following a faint path to the obvious formation. To reach the slab routes high on the northeast face walk past the route T-N-T
, duck under the giant boulder it's located on (Photo
), and scramble up 4th class blocks (Photo
). The hike takes 15-20 minutes from the car.
Climbing Season For the Comic Book Area area.
Weather station 9.8 miles from here
13 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',2]
Classic Climbing Routes in Watergate Rock
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Watergate Rock:
T-N-T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Featured Route For Watergate Rock
T-N-T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Watergate Rock
A short but fun sprint up the north face of the large block leaning against the northeast face of Watergate Rock.An overhung start plants you onto a narrow flake/ramp which leads upwards to the crux - delicate smearing where the ramp ends. Well-protected and fun with a variety of moves on good rock. Two stars out of five....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Harrison Hood at the start of T-N-T. Photo posted...
BETA PHOTO: Watergate Rock detail, Joshua Tree NP A. Dirty Tr...
The base of the upper northeast face slab routes o...
Watergate Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Scramble up 4th class blocks to reach the slab rou...
BETA PHOTO: Watergate Rock
Access the upper slab routes by ducking into this ...
By Anonymous Coward
Dec 5, 2003
The area is a slab formation with some fun 5.7-5.9 problems. I think there are three top rope anchors for these slab problems. Lead bolts are present, but run out. To get to these routs you have to scramble up to a large deck (and further up for the anchors).
From: Yucca Valley, CA
Oct 10, 2004
yesterday we were out messing around on the "Slabs" and had somewhat of a Bee problem. I am not sure if there is a hive right at the base, but the damned things were there in the hundreds flying around. We had to bail leaving the area completely. Could be Africanized bees??? Can you tell the difference by how the look?
Sep 18, 2006
The Africanized ones make strange clicking sounds when they talk.