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Routes in Watergate Rock

Dirty Tricks T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Fifteen Minute Gap T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
H.R. Hardman T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
I Am Not A Crook T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Malicious Deception T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Pardon Me T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Political Asylum T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
T-N-T S 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
T. Gordon Liddy T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Tricky Dick S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Unsightly Blemishes T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
White Collar Crime T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
White House Plumbers TR 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

Description

Sitting all alone on the desert floor, across from the Cerro Torre Tower and the Comic Strip, is this smallish dome with a large number of routes from 5.6 to 5.11+ on it's slabby northeast face.

Many of the routes here are slabby in nature and in the 5.6 to 5.9 range; a few harder offerings are here as well for those so inclined.

Getting There

Approach as for the main Comic Book formation but veer off right following a faint path to the obvious formation. To reach the slab routes high on the northeast face walk past the route T-N-T, duck under the giant boulder it's located on (), and scramble up 4th class blocks (). The hike takes 15-20 minutes from the car.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Watergate Rock

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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
T-N-T
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T-N-T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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Blitzo  
The Africanized ones make strange clicking sounds when they talk. Sep 18, 2006
Locker
Yucca Valley, CA
Locker   Yucca Valley, CA
yesterday we were out messing around on the "Slabs" and had somewhat of a Bee problem. I am not sure if there is a hive right at the base, but the damned things were there in the hundreds flying around. We had to bail leaving the area completely. Could be Africanized bees??? Can you tell the difference by how the look? Oct 10, 2004
The area is a slab formation with some fun 5.7-5.9 problems. I think there are three top rope anchors for these slab problems. Lead bolts are present, but run out. To get to these routs you have to scramble up to a large deck (and further up for the anchors). Dec 5, 2003
C Miller   CA  
Click here for info on the Watergate scandal. Nov 6, 2003

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