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This covers the extensive bouldering along the Geology Tour Road. While a majority of the problems are close to the road some problems require hiking as much as 30 minutes or more. Good coverage exists in the Joshua Tree Bouldering Guide (Miramontes) but lots of new stuff has gone up since it's publication.

The unpaved, but occasionally graded, Geology Tour Road is a fairly good dirt road with lots of washboards and ruts in the first few miles and then a fair bit of soft sand after that. While having a 4WD vehicle is not a necessity it is advisable to have a vechicle with a bit of clearance and one that you feel comfortable driving over the odd rough spot. Be aware that some of the parking spots have a fair bit of soft sand which can spell trouble for those without 4WD, especially if trying to turn around in it. Better to keep the vehicle pointed downhill and drive the extra bit to Squaw Tank where a good turnaroud exists.

* Below is a list of mileage for various spots along the road (mileages listed from the start of the Geology Tour Road).

1.5 - Backcountry Board (on left/east side of road)

3.2 - Western Belt (on right/west side of road)

3.6 - Western Belt (on right/west side of road and at marker #5)

3.8 - Shark Fin Area (on left/east side of road)

4.2 - Volcano Boulder Area/Human Sacrifice Cove (on either side of road at marker #6)

4.5 - Tour Boulders/Dike Boulder (on either side of road)

5.3 - Squaw Tank (on left/east side of road at marker #9)

Getting There Suggest change

Approach by driving down the Geology Tour Road and park as noted in the particular bouldering area description.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Geology Tour Road Bouldering

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
 14
Slash Babyface
Boulder
V0 4
 4
3-Star-Crack
Boulder
V1 5
 4
Dripper Right
Boulder
V1 5
 10
Purple Helmet
Boulder
V1-2 5
 4
Base Layer
Boulder
V2+ 5+
 7
Dripper Left
Boulder
V2+ 5+
 4
Tour of Duty
Boulder
V2-3 5+
 12
Mirage
Boulder
V3 6A R
 124
Slashface
Boulder
V3 6A
 7
Slashdance
Boulder
V5- 6C
 19
Dike Face
Boulder
V5+ 6C+
 11
Tips Be Gone
Boulder
V6 7A
 18
Pinched Loaf
Boulder
V6 7A
 5
4-Star Dyno
Boulder
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a V0- 4-
 13
3-Star Lieback
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Slash Babyface Western Belt > Baby Face Boulder
 14
V0 4 Boulder
3-Star-Crack Western Belt > Star Boulder
 4
V0 4 Boulder
Dripper Right Virgin Islands… > … > Human Sacrifice… > Dripper Boulder
 4
V1 5 Boulder
Purple Helmet Western Belt > Purple Helmet
 10
V1 5 Boulder
Base Layer Towers of Uncer… > Base Layer Boulder
 4
V1-2 5 Boulder
Dripper Left Virgin Islands… > … > Human Sacrifice… > Dripper Boulder
 7
V2+ 5+ Boulder
Tour of Duty Virgin Islands… > … > Tour Boulders > Tour Boulder Two
 4
V2+ 5+ Boulder
Mirage Western Belt > Mirage Boulder
 12
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Slashface Western Belt > Slash Boulder
 124
V3 6A R Boulder
Slashdance Western Belt > Slash Boulder
 7
V3 6A Boulder
Dike Face Virgin Islands… > Lechlinski Crac… > Dike Boulder
 19
V5- 6C Boulder
Tips Be Gone Western Belt > Tips Be Gone Wall
 11
V5+ 6C+ Boulder
Pinched Loaf Western Belt > Pinched Loaf Boulder
 18
V6 7A Boulder
4-Star Dyno Western Belt > Star Boulder
 5
V6 7A Boulder
3-Star Lieback Western Belt > Star Boulder
 13
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a V0- 4- Boulder
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