Elevation: 4,400 ft
GPS: 34.012, -116.146 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: C Miller on Nov 6, 2003
Admins: Greg Opland, C Miller, M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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
 16
T-N-T
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Midday Lightning
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
T-N-T
 16
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
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