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Watergate Rock Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,400'
Location: 34.0115, -116.14631 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Nov 6, 2003
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Description 

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.

Getting There 

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]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',2],['5.8',3],['5.9',2],['5.10',1],['5.11',3],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Watergate Rock

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'   
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Featured Route For Watergate Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Steve Aho leading up Fifteen Minute Gap.

Fifteen Minute Gap 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Watergate Rock
This is not a particularly memorable climb, but it does provide an easy way to the top of the formation where TRs can be set for other routes if desired. It is a crack but there are plenty of face moves to augment it as well. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Watergate Rock Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Harrison Hood at the start of T-N-T.  Photo posted...
Harrison Hood at the start of T-N-T. Photo posted...
Rock Climbing Photo: Joshua Tree Granite
Joshua Tree Granite
Rock Climbing Photo: Watergate Rock detail, Joshua Tree NP  A. Dirty Tr...
BETA PHOTO: Watergate Rock detail, Joshua Tree NP A. Dirty Tr...
Rock Climbing Photo: The base of the upper northeast face slab routes o...
The base of the upper northeast face slab routes o...
Rock Climbing Photo: Watergate Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Watergate Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Scramble up 4th class blocks to reach the slab rou...
Scramble up 4th class blocks to reach the slab rou...
Rock Climbing Photo: Watergate Rock
BETA PHOTO: Watergate Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Access the upper slab routes by ducking into this ...
Access the upper slab routes by ducking into this ...

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By C Miller
Administrator
Nov 6, 2003
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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).
By Locker
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?
By Blitzo
Sep 18, 2006
The Africanized ones make strange clicking sounds when they talk.

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