Elevation: 3,000 ft
GPS: 34.094, -116.157 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Brian Reynolds on Jun 20, 2002 · Updates
Admins: Greg Opland, C Miller, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen

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 campsites in Indian Cove can be reserved and cost (as of Jan 2019 $20/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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5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
 113
Double Crack
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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
 111
Who's First
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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 113
Tranquility
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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 78
I Love my Marine
Sport
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 65
Taken for Granite
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 110
We Dive At Dawn
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 95
The Reverend
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 83
Palmreader
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 66
200 Motels
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 103
El Chivo
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 153
Direct South Face
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 99
Silent Scream (aka Shock the Mon…
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 86
Apparition
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 108
Right V Crack
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 66
Party in the Desert
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Double Crack Indian Cove Cam… > Short Wall > Short Wall - Right Side
 113
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad
Who's First Indian Cove Cam… > Pixie Rock
 111
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R Trad
Tranquility Indian Cove Cam… > Moosedog Tower
 113
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
I Love my Marine Indian Cove Cam… > Campfire Crag Area > Campfire Crag - S Face
 78
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Taken for Granite Rattlesnake Canyon > Rattlesnake Buttress
 65
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
We Dive At Dawn Indian Cove Cam… > Billboard Buttress
 110
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
The Reverend Indian Cove Cam… > Billboard Buttress
 95
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Palmreader Indian Cove Cam… > Palmreader Wall
 83
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
200 Motels Rattlesnake Canyon > Rattlesnake Buttress
 66
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
El Chivo Indian Cove Cam… > Bilbo Buttresses
 103
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Direct South Face Indian Cove Cam… > Moosedog Tower
 153
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Silent Scream (aka Shock th… Indian Cove Cam… > Pixie Rock
 99
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Apparition Indian Cove Cam… > Apparition Rock > Apparition Rock (Front)
 86
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Right V Crack Indian Cove Cam… > Short Wall > Short Wall - Left Side
 108
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Party in the Desert Rattlesnake Canyon > Corral Wall > Corral Wall - Left Side
 66
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
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