Description

The Quail Springs Day Use Area is the first major landmark on your right if you are driving in from the West Entrance of the Park (i.e., the town of Joshua Tree). There is a paved parking area, restroom, etc. The main attraction here is Trashcan Rock, which hosts a high concentration of easier routes (5.0 - 5.6), a few moderates (5.7 - 5.9), and a few harder routes (5.10 - 5.11). Several routes warrant an 'R' or 'X' rating, and as such there are usually quite a few topropes. Not many of the climbs are all that great, but it is popular nonetheless.

In addition to Trashcan Rock, use the parking area to access Baskerville Rock, Hound Rock, and the White Cliffs of Dover. Be sure to check out Right Baskerville Crack (5.10a) on Baskerville Rock as well as Popular Mechanics (5.9) and Ace of Spades (5.9) on White Cliffs of Dover.

Getting There

The Quail Springs Day Use Area is the first major landmark on your right if you are driving in from the West Entrance of the Park (i.e., the town of Joshua Tree). It is about 6 miles from the West Entrance kiosk and is signed.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Quail Springs Area

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 16
The Ranch Hand
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 171
Tiptoe
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 124
Cranny
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 165
Ace of Spades
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 227
Popular Mechanics
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 106
Right Baskerville Crack
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 103
Tossed Green
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5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 9
B for Beers
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 21
Make or Break Flake
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 55
Left Sawdust Crack
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 86
Profundity
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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 31
Field and Stream
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5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 26
Good Housekeeping
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5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 33
Butterfly Crack
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5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 20
Boulder Crack
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Ranch Hand Vagmarken Hill > Ranch
 16
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Tiptoe Trashcan Rock > Trashcan Rock - W Face
 171
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Cranny Trashcan Rock > Trashcan Rock - W Face
 124
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Ace of Spades White Cliffs of… > White Cliffs of Dover…
 165
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Popular Mechanics White Cliffs of… > White Cliffs of Dover…
 227
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Right Baskerville Crack Baskerville Rock
 106
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Tossed Green Hound Rock
 103
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
B for Beers Negropolis Hill… > Negropolis
 9
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Make or Break Flake White Cliffs of… > White Cliffs of Dover…
 21
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Left Sawdust Crack Trashcan Rock > Trashcan Rock - E Face
 55
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Profundity Trashcan Rock > Trashcan Rock - W Face
 86
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad
Field and Stream White Cliffs of… > White Cliffs of Dover…
 31
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Good Housekeeping White Cliffs of… > White Cliffs of Dover…
 26
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Butterfly Crack Trashcan Rock > Trashcan Rock - E Face
 33
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Boulder Crack AFPA Rock
 20
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Trad
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Benjamin Chapman
Small Town, USA
Benjamin Chapman   Small Town, USA
Really pleased that Chris Miller at Mountainproject had the imagination, wisdom, and good sense to retain the name Quail Springs for this area and not follow Randy Vogel's guides and call it trashcan rock. Aug 28, 2011
Brandt Allen
Joshua Tree, Cal
Brandt Allen   Joshua Tree, Cal
I believe if you read any of the information above you'll see he does have the good sense to use the name Trashcan Rock, as it has been known to climbers for decades. Aug 28, 2011
RTM
RTM  
Bartlett also refers to it as Trashcan Rock, yet the old Wolfe guides call it Quail Springs. Curious? Aug 30, 2011
Murf  
The rock itself is Trashcan Rock, the area (including much more than Trashcan) is Quail Springs. It is the pullout itself that is in question; the so-called "Quail Springs Day Use Area". Aug 30, 2011
Randy  
Hahaha,

Actually, it was called Trashcan Rock by climbers long before Wolfe's 1976 guide (least of all the 1979 edition). By 1973, the name Trashcan Rock was firmly established. While the Park Service has long referred to the area as Quail Springs Picnic Area, they never named the formation.

BTW: No one I met ever called it "The Wye" or "Picnic Area." Sep 5, 2011