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Areas in Joshua Tree National Park

*Joshua Tree Bouldering* 3 / 0 / 0 / 1032 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1032
Barker Dam Area 79 / 16 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 102
Belle Campground Area 42 / 5 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 51
Black Rock Canyon CG 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Comic Book Area 61 / 9 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 74
Cottonwood Area 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Coxcomb Mountains 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Del Taco Crags Area 2 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Desert Queen Mine 37 / 9 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 47
Echo Rock Area 282 / 67 / 40 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 381
Forty Nine Palms Oasis Area 7 / 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Geology Tour Road 137 / 30 / 12 / 1 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 179
Hidden Valley Campground 149 / 4 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 162
Hospital Crags 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Indian Cove 479 / 112 / 39 / 3 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 630
Indian Head Area 10 / 11 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 25
Interstate 10 Crags 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Jumbo Rock Area 110 / 17 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 137
Live Oak Picnic Area 37 / 3 / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 41
Lost Horse Area 493 / 20 / 66 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 552
Loveland 38 / 7 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 48
North Forty, aka Doolittle House Area 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
OZ Area 55 / 26 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 82
Outback, The 130 / 3 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 145
Quail Springs Area 151 / 14 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 177
Queen Mountain 73 / 5 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 78
Real Hidden Valley 244 / 17 / 24 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 279
Roadside Rocks 122 / 5 / 30 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 137
Sheep Pass Area 306 / 49 / 47 / 3 / 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 400
Split Rocks 115 / 27 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 146
Stirrup Tank 86 / 27 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 120
White Tank Campground 9 / 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Wonderland of Rocks 479 / 70 / 39 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 588

OVERVIEW

Joshua Tree is a world famous area with thousands of routes, countless boulder problems and a very limited number of campsites. Long popular as a winter destination, it's appeal has only grown throughout the years as climbers of all abilities have discovered the mild temperatures, grippy rock and surreal landscape which make it a must visit area on any climber's list.

Today’s park visitor comes from around the globe, with some here to climb and others simply here to gaze at the wonder. Looky-loos can crowd some areas during the weekends, but that’s part of the park’s mission allowing everyone the opportunity to enjoy the park.

That said, sometimes Joshua Tree's popularity outgrows its carrying capacity, and is often the case, overnight camping can become very scarce, very fast. While the park service has made strides to expand the number of campsites, it has strengthened its rules about the number of campers per site, along with the number of vehicles per site. Current prices of overnight camping can be found here, along with other specific campground information. Other overnight options are listed below.

The fee to enter Joshua Tree is currently $25 per vehicle, which is good for 7 days from the date on the receipt. When time permits, the rangers will check the out-going traffic for valid receipts. An annual pass is also available, and at $40, stands as an excellent value for those visiting the park more often. Both are purchased at the check stations at the entrances to the park. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

The rock itself is quartz monzonite and tends to be fairly solid, but the less traveled and/or newer routes can have the dreaded "ball bearings underfoot syndrome" making those friction moves a tad more dicey. The best rock sports a coating of "desert varnish" or patina which darkens and solidifies the rock appreciably.

Kudos to this page's founding father M. Morley. In June 2002 the website "climbingjtree" went online.

Visitor Information 760-367-5500






2 New Important Updates!! Seasonal Raptor Closure Details

CAMPING

Water is not available in the Park. Please come prepared with water containers if planning on staying more than a day.



HOTELS, MOTELS, B&Bs, and VACATION HOMES

Weekends are crowded during peak season! With its proximity to Los Angeles and San Diego, the Park draws more than 1 million visitors annually. Plan accordingly and have a backup plan if the campgrounds are full. There are numerous inexpensive motels in the nearby towns of Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and 29 Palms.

Lodging Overview

SHOWERS

Showers are available at:
6535 Park Blvd, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
(760) 366-9683

73782 2 Mile Rd, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
(760) 361-8010
$5 a shower includes towel, open 7 days a week.

REST DAY ACTIVITIES

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

GEAR, SUPPLIES AND MEDICAL

  • Just down the road in Yucca Valley, one can find most any service and supply necessary; from major grocery stores and ubiquitous fast food joints, to auto lube and tunes.
  • Nomad Ventures is the local place to get climbing gear, guidebooks and information about the climbing in Joshua Tree. The folks are friendly and very knowledgeable.
  • Guide books for the area range from the no frills Bartlett guides to the fairly exhaustive Vogel guides as well as a couple of bouldering specific guides. All have something that the other doesn't.
  • Nearest hospital is the High Desert Medical Center in the town of Joshua Tree. Cell phone coverage in the park IS SPOTTY AT BEST to NONEXISTENT AT WORST. There is an emergency phone in near the restrooms in Hidden Valley Campground/Intersection Rock. Use only in an emergency.

GETTING HERE

  • From Palm Springs Airport (PSP) to the West Entrance is 43.6 miles
  • From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the West Entrance is 148 miles
  • From Las Vegas International Airport (LAS) to the North Entrance is 225 miles
  • From Phoenix International Airport (PHX) through the South Entrance to Belle Campground is 259 miles
  • From Yosemite National Park via Tioga Pass Entrance to the West Entrance is 375 miles

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Classic Climbing Routes at Joshua Tree National Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2 5+ R
White Rastafarian
Boulder
V3 6A
Gunsmoke
Boulder
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Double Cross
Trad
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Sail Away
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Bird of Fire
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Figures on a Landscape (aka Monkey on…
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Illusion Dweller
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Run For Your Life
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Clean and Jerk
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Rubicon
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
O'Kelley's Crack
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Heart of Darkness
Trad
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Coarse and Buggy
Trad
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Hot Rocks
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Wangerbanger
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White Rastafarian *Joshua Tree Boul… > Outback Bouldering > White Rastafarian Boulder V2 5+ R Boulder
Gunsmoke *Joshua Tree Boul… > … > Gunsmoke Area > Gunsmoke Wall V3 6A Boulder
Double Cross Hidden Valley Cam… > Old Woman > Old Woman - W Face 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Sail Away Real Hidden Valley > Hidden Tower 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Bird of Fire Split Rocks > Isles in the Sky 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Figures on a Landscape (aka… Wonderland of Rocks > … 1 2 3 > N Astro Dome > N Astro Dome - Northeast Face 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad 3 pitches
Illusion Dweller Real Hidden Valley > Sentinel > Sentinel - W Face 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Run For Your Life Real Hidden Valley > Tumbling Rainbow Formation 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad
Clean and Jerk Real Hidden Valley > Sports Challenge… > Sports Challenge Rock - E Face 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Rubicon Split Rocks > Rubicon Formation 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
O'Kelley's Crack Echo Rock Area > Rusty Wall 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Heart of Darkness Sheep Pass Area > … > Conrad Rock > Conrad Rock - Heart of Darkness… 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Coarse and Buggy Rdside Rocks > Dihedral Rock 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Hot Rocks Outback > Rock Hudson 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Wangerbanger Echo Rock Area > Rusty Wall 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
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Jerimiah Gentry
Denver, CO
Jerimiah Gentry   Denver, CO
Hello I'll be working in JT this winter but have no car. Are there any shuttle services that go into the park? Nov 10, 2017
C Miller   CA  


Note that the elevation for the given temperatures is slightly under 2000 feet while Hidden Valley Campground is over 4000 feet which will mean slightly cooler temperatures.

There are scads of fun and enjoyable routes facing every direction of the compass, even south for when it's cold, so head out and climb for as long as your fingertips can take it! Dec 16, 2013
How is josh in april? was looking to spend a week there towards the end of the month.

Essentially looking for the following.

-how cold is it?

-If quite cold are there certain aspects that face the sun for tolerable climbing conditons....and if so is it worth coming for 7 days to do so....

thanks Dec 14, 2013
Michael Reardon ripping up Josh, solo style...


youtube.com/watch?v=dojDFso… Jan 3, 2010
C Miller   CA  
Brad "Stonyman" Killough   Alabama  
Such an awesome place!!! Great pictures...! Dec 5, 2008

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