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Elevation: 3,200 ft 975 m
GPS: 34.482, -117.1294
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Shared By: Bill Olszewski on Dec 7, 2007
Admins: C Miller, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer Ski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description Suggest change

The Cemetery is a large collection of crags spread across an area to the southeast of the Horseman's Center. 

It is home to many nice sport routes on fine granite reminiscent of the domes of Joshua Tree and one has only to walk around for a couple minutes to find the grade and sun exposure they like.

 Although most of the crags stand only about 30 to 40 feet high the climbing is great, the protection excellent, and there is a nice variety of routes generally between 5.8 and 5.11 making this a great destination for the moderate/advanced climber.

 Due to the quality of rock and routes, as well as the protection, this is a good area for leaders just breaking into these levels of difficulty. Most routes have chain anchors for top rope/rappel.

Getting There Suggest change

From the dirt parking lot walk to where the chain link fence ends at the hillside and go left into the park. Follow the rock-lined path around to the right, passing the Lightning Bolt formation on your right and the equestrian arena on the left. Continue straight towards the far hillside, picking up the trail that heads south (right). 

Follow this trail up and over a small rise. From here you can see the Cemetery to the southeast.

 Continue along the trail into the heart of the formations, or take another obvious trail that leads around the south end of the Cemetery, circling left around the twin pillars of Despair and Hope. 

Allow about 15 minutes of easy hiking from the parking lot.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Cemetery

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 39
Mojave Green Arete
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 73
Umbilical Cord
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 43
Brewser
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 29
Crown of Thorns
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 42
Beg to Differ
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 36
The Shunned
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 49
Dismembered
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 58
Rise and Devour
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 83
Necessary Evil
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 27
Changing Forms
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 29
Existence Denied
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 29
Evil Twin
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 24
Return to Hell
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 22
War Machine
Sport
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 11
World Full of Hate
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Mojave Green Arete Brown Corridor
 39
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Umbilical Cord Black Tower
 73
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Brewser Pillar of Hope
 43
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Crown of Thorns Black Tower
 29
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Beg to Differ Tombstones
 42
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
The Shunned Tombstones
 36
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Dismembered Pillar of Hope
 49
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Rise and Devour Pillar of Hope
 58
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Necessary Evil Evil Pillar
 83
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Changing Forms Tombstones
 27
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Existence Denied Gate Keeper
 29
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Evil Twin Black Tower
 29
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Return to Hell Gate Keeper
 24
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
War Machine Pillar of Despair
 22
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
World Full of Hate Brown Corridor
 11
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
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