Description

This is the large region of southeastern California. There are several places with climbable rock. The area is vast and places can be remote. The desert is a harsh place; bring lots of water and an adventurous spirit. Areas of interest are: Apple Valley Crags, Granite Pass, New Jack City (aka Sawtooth Canyon) and Teutonia Peak.

Getting There

Most areas are accessed from Interstate 15.

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Classic Climbing Routes at High Desert

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 136
Crooked Dick Spire
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 160
Reaching Rayane
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 152
Route 66
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 180
Welcome to New Jack City
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 91
Little Red Book
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 144
Three Giant Steps
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 97
Change of Scene
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 107
Step Across
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 156
Holey Moley
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 90
Make a Way
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 79
Chick Flakey
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 183
Espresso
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 81
Love Onsite
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 94
Gun For Hire
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 88
The Scene Is Not For Sale
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Crooked Dick Spire New Jack City > Box Canyon East > Crooked Dick Spire (a…
 136
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Reaching Rayane New Jack City > Box Canyon East > Boy Scout Wall
 160
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Route 66 New Jack City > … > Raven Rocks > Raven Rocks South
 152
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Welcome to New Jack City New Jack City > … > Raven Rocks > Raven Rocks W (Warm-u…
 180
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Little Red Book New Jack City > … > Raven Rocks > Raven Rocks: E Face
 91
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Three Giant Steps New Jack City > Box Canyon East > Boy Scout Wall
 144
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Change of Scene New Jack City > Box Canyon East > Crossfire Crag
 97
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Step Across New Jack City > … > Raven Rocks > Raven Rocks W (Warm-u…
 107
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Holey Moley New Jack City > … > Raven Rocks > Raven Rocks N Face "P…
 156
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Make a Way New Jack City > Box Canyon East > Boy Scout Wall
 90
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Chick Flakey New Jack City > Box Canyon East > Sunnyside
 79
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Espresso New Jack City > … > Raven Rocks > Raven Rocks N Face "P…
 183
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Love Onsite New Jack City > … > Raven Rocks > Raven Rocks W (Warm-u…
 81
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Gun For Hire New Jack City > Box Canyon East > Hueco Wall
 94
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Scene Is Not For Sale New Jack City > Box Canyon East > Crossfire Crag
 88
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
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Lots of virgin granite at the NASA Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex (20 miles west of Fort Irwin, north of Barstow). But you'll need a NASA pass to get there! Feb 14, 2008
We just spent some time out at Goldstone last week- My BF's father used to work there as an engineer back in the day, and arranged a nice tour for us. Cool place, incredible antennas, cool rock, and crags for the chosen ones for sure- Go NASA! Yay UFOs, woohoo aliens... climb on! Oct 31, 2010