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 (
Access the upper slab routes by ducking into this cavern under the T-N-T Boulder, Joshua Tree NP ), and scramble up 4th class blocks (
Scramble up 4th class blocks to reach the slab routes on the upper northeast face, Joshua Tree NP ). The hike takes 15-20 minutes from the car.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Watergate Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Midday Lightning
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 14
T-N-T
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Midday Lightning
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
T-N-T
 14
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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C Miller   CA  
Click here for info on the Watergate scandal. Nov 6, 2003
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