Headstone Rock Climbing
Routes in Headstone Rock
|Cryptic S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Cutting Edge, The S 5.13+ 8b 30 X- 31 E7 7a|
|Headbanger's Ball T 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b|
|Headmaster TR 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b|
|Headstone Crack Left T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Headstone Crack Right T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|SW Corner T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|South Face Center TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|GPS:||33.984, -116.154 Google Map · Climbing Map|
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|Shared By:||Brian Reynolds on Jun 26, 2002|
|Admins:||C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionThe original name given this formation by Mark Powell and Bill Feuerer in 1958 was "The Can Opener." Later, early Wolfe guides called it "Balance Rock." Wolfe changed the name again to "Headstone Rock" since there is some evidence that this name was used before climbers named it (a couple of miners are buried nearby).
Whatever you call it, Headstone is one of the true classic locations at JTree, and home to two of the parks most popular moderate routes: SW Corner (5.6 ***) and Cryptic (5.8 ***). Although the SW Corner offers spectacular exposure (due to the positioning of the rock), both routes are well bolted by JTree standards. In addition to these two routes, the South Face Center goes at 5.9, and there are some bolted 5.reallyhard sport climbs on the blank, overhanging north face of the rock as well.
Quickdraws are all you'll need for protection, although a couple of double-length slings will help for setting a belay on the top of the SW Corner.
Rappel descent from bolts and chains on top of the rock.
Like I said, these routes are POPULAR, so get there early in the morning or climb them late in the evening. But they're well worth it!
Classic Climbing Routes at Headstone Rock
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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