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Areas in Indian Cove

Boy Scout Trail Area 6 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Group Campsites Road 61 / 14 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 80
Gunsight Canyon 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Indian Cove Campground 260 / 36 / 23 / 3 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 321
Johnson Canyon 6 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Northeast Hills 3 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Rattlesnake Canyon 143 / 55 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 207
Western Wilderness 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 3

Description

Indian Cove is a stand-alone section of the park, located to the north of the main park and around 1000 feet lower in elevation. This, plus the fact that it is relatively sheltered, make it a good destination on cold winter days. Additionally, unlike the main park, the
Campground Map as provided by the park (some editing for clarity) in Indian Cove can be reserved and cost (as of Jan 2011 $15/night) -- on the other hand, there's no park entrance fee.

The rock tends to be slightly grainier than some of the other popular areas (Lost Horse, Real Hidden Valley), and many of the routes are a bit shorter. Nonetheless, there's some great climbing here, probably close to a thousand routes from 5.0 all the way up, and as a bonus most of it is within a hundred yards or so of the road, so the approaches are practically non-existent. A few less populated crags lie up on the slope of the Wonderland of Rocks (the south side of IC) or up Rattlesnake Canyon in the Wonderland.

Certain formations at Indian Cove can be overrun with gang-ropers (Feudal Wall, Short Wall, Billboard Buttress, Pixie Rock), so plan accordingly. Other great areas to check out include Moosedog Tower, Dos Equis Wall, Corral Wall, Wonder Bluffs, and more that I don't have time to list here. One general word of warning: the further north you get, the grainier and more crumbly the rocks tend to get. Grain Central Station has that name for a reason, and although Morbid Mound is relatively popular, I can't figure out why.

Campground Map as provided by the park (some editing for clarity)

Getting There

Follow the 29 Palms Highway past the entrance to the main park in the town of Joshua Tree. The entrance to Indian Cove is between the towns of Joshua Tree and Twentynine Palms. Keep a look out for Indian Cove Road, on the right side of the highway. If you're approaching from the west, look for a Del Taco billboard to mark the spot.

Turn south on Indian Cove Road and head straight into the park. After a couple of miles, you'll pass a small ranger station, and after another mile or so, you're there.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Indian Cove

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
 85
Who's First
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 76
Tranquility
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 54
I Love my Marine
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 77
The Mikado
Trad
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 44
Taken for Granite
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 84
We Dive At Dawn
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 68
The Reverend
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 57
Palmreader
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 46
200 Motels
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 71
El Chivo
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 109
Direct South Face
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 81
Silent Scream (aka Shock the Monkey)
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 48
Apparition
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 77
Right V Crack
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 47
Party in the Desert
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Who's First Indian Cove Cam… > Pixie Rock
 85
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R Trad
Tranquility Indian Cove Cam… > Moosedog Tower
 76
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
I Love my Marine Indian Cove Cam… > Campfire Crag > Campfire Crag - S Face
 54
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
The Mikado Indian Cove Cam… > Feudal Wall > Feudal Wall (Right Side)
 77
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Taken for Granite Rattlesnake Canyon > Rattlesnake Buttress
 44
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
We Dive At Dawn Indian Cove Cam… > Billboard Buttress
 84
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
The Reverend Indian Cove Cam… > Billboard Buttress
 68
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Palmreader Indian Cove Cam… > Palmreader Wall
 57
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
200 Motels Rattlesnake Canyon > Rattlesnake Buttress
 46
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
El Chivo Indian Cove Cam… > Bilbo Buttresses
 71
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Direct South Face Indian Cove Cam… > Moosedog Tower
 109
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Silent Scream (aka Shock th… Indian Cove Cam… > Pixie Rock
 81
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Apparition Indian Cove Cam… > Apparition Rock > Apparition Rock (Front)
 48
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Right V Crack Indian Cove Cam… > Short Wall > Short Wall - Left Side
 77
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Party in the Desert Rattlesnake Canyon > Corral Wall > Corral Wall - Left Side
 47
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
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Indian Cove is a great place to hang out and do some toprope climbing during bad weather elsewhere in the Park. Short Wall has some fun topropes or 3rd class for getting used to the rock as a noob visitor, but can also wear down the fingertips in a very short time. The rock is particularly grainy and abrasive. Have fun sparingly here. Sep 8, 2010
About 9 miles from the west entrance road to Indian Cove Road. Del Taco sign is still standing proud. Jan 15, 2011
Dominic DePalma
Ventura
Dominic DePalma   Ventura
Found some gear left behind Saturday night. If it's your respond to this post. I would love to get it back to you Nov 27, 2016
steverett
San Diego, CA
steverett   San Diego, CA
Camping fee is now $20 a night Dec 5, 2017

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