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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
Midday Lightning S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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
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Elevation: 4,400 ft
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Shared By: C Miller on Nov 6, 2003
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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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

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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Midday Lightning
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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
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T-N-T
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Midday Lightning
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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

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