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 with improvements by Nick R and 1 other
Admins: Greg Opland, C Miller, M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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
 99
Double Crack
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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
 104
Who's First
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 98
Tranquility
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 74
Willit Slab
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 68
I Love my Marine
Sport
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 55
Taken for Granite
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 99
We Dive At Dawn
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 87
The Reverend
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 75
Palmreader
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 96
El Chivo
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 136
Direct South Face
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 95
Silent Scream (aka Shock the Mon…
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 71
Apparition
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 103
Right V Crack
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 61
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
 99
5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Trad
Who's First Indian Cove Cam… > Pixie Rock
 104
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R Trad
Tranquility Indian Cove Cam… > Moosedog Tower
 98
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 2 pitches
Willit Slab Indian Cove Cam… > Indian Palisades Corr…
 74
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
I Love my Marine Indian Cove Cam… > Campfire Crag Area > Campfire Crag - S Face
 68
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Taken for Granite Rattlesnake Canyon > Rattlesnake Buttress
 55
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
We Dive At Dawn Indian Cove Cam… > Billboard Buttress
 99
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
The Reverend Indian Cove Cam… > Billboard Buttress
 87
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Palmreader Indian Cove Cam… > Palmreader Wall
 75
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
El Chivo Indian Cove Cam… > Bilbo Buttresses
 96
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Direct South Face Indian Cove Cam… > Moosedog Tower
 136
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
Silent Scream (aka Shock th… Indian Cove Cam… > Pixie Rock
 95
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Apparition Indian Cove Cam… > Apparition Rock > Apparition Rock (Front)
 71
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Right V Crack Indian Cove Cam… > Short Wall > Short Wall - Left Side
 103
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Party in the Desert Rattlesnake Canyon > Corral Wall > Corral Wall - Left Side
 61
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
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