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Watergate Rock

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Dirty Tricks T 
Fifteen Minute Gap T 
H.R. Hardman S 
I Am Not A Crook T 
Malicious Deception T 
Pardon Me T 
Political Asylum T 
T-N-T S 
T. Gordon Liddy T 
Tricky Dick TR 
Unsightly Blemishes T 
White Collar Crime T 
White House Plumbers TR 

Watergate Rock  

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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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Several hundred yards southwest of the Comic Strip formation is this solitary crag sitting on the desert floor. The majority of routes tend to be short face climbs, although some cracks are to be found here as well. Routes range in difficulty from 5.6 to 5.11d with most in the 5.10 and under range making this a good location for climbers seeking that range. Highlights include H.R. Hardman (5.8), T-N-T (5.10c) and Dirty Tricks (5.11d).

Getting There 

Approach as for the main Comic Book formation, but veer off right following a faint path to the obvious formation. The hike takes about 15 minutes from the car.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.8 miles from here

13 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',2]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated 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
H.R. Hardman, 5.8

H.R. Hardman 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Watergate Rock
This is the face route just left of the large block leaning against the northeast face. Well-protected climbing on above average rock lead into an easy crack, making this a nice moderate route to seek out if in the area. The anchors are above and left atop White Collar Crime. The name is a take-off on H.R. Haldeman, President Nixon's White House Chief Of Staff, who was involved in the Watergate Scandal and forced to resign....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By C Miller
Nov 6, 2003
Click here for info on the Watergate scandal.
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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