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Trashcan Rock - East Face 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Trashcan Rock - West Face 18 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 19
Elevation: 4,200 ft
GPS: 34.04, -116.197 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: M. Morley on Nov 20, 2002
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

Trashcan Rock 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). None of the climbs are super-megaclassics, but it is a popular destination nonetheless. Several routes warrant an 'R' or 'X' rating, and as such there are usually quite a few topropes and the accompanying mayhem of beginner groups. Perhaps a good place to avoid on the weekends.

Descend all routes by walking down the north side.

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.

Trashcan Rock lies about 10' from the parking area. It's east face faces the main road.

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Many beginners' first encounter with J-Tree. I always feel bad to say "you just did a 5.3 and it required a hand jam". The climbs can be more weird than hard and of course they are very run out AND with no simple anchors. Probably not the best beginner place in the park.

Great for free soloing -- and in fact many locals do after work. Oct 31, 2016
Watch for the tricky pro to setup the anchors on top (no bolts/chains that I saw). Take some big gear & moderately long slings. May 4, 2010
This is a very family friendly area, offering picnic tables, bbqs, restrooms and zero approach; all just steps from the car. Feb 8, 2010
I happen to think that Quail Springs is a good area for both the beginning climber, and the beginning lead climber. there are also some nice moderate routes to 5.12 that are on the side facing the road. Dec 11, 2002

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