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).
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.
Browse More Classics in Watergate Rock
Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Watergate Rock:
T-N-T 5.10c Sport, 1 pitch, 40 feet
Malicious Deception 5.11b Trad, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Dirty Tricks 5.11d Trad, 1 pitch, 60 feet
Featured Route For Watergate Rock
H.R. Hardman 5.8 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