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Chube Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Friction Slab 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Gunsmoke Wall 0 / 0 / 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Iron Resolution Block 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Ninja Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
No Name Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Piano Rock 0 / 0 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Streetcar Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Elevation: 4,200 ft
GPS: 34.029, -116.145 Google Map · Climbing Map
Page Views: 37,132 total, 309/month
Shared By: C Miller on Jan 31, 2008
Admins: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

Description

This very popular area includes the famous Gunsmoke traverse as well as a number of other quality problems scattered about a large open valley. Notable problems here include The Chube (V2), Gunsmoke (V3), High Noon (V5), Streetcar Named Desire (V6+) and currently the hardest boulder problem in Joshua Tree - Iron Resolution (V12+).

Getting There

Park in the large paved lot and follow a trail past the old parking lot and then straight on for a bit until a sharp turn to the left midway along a worn trail (continuing straight ahead leads to Barker Dam), pass a short rocky section, go a bit further and turn right to enter a broad open valley - the Gunsmoke traverse will soon be visible at about one o'clock (slightly to the right). Plan on a 10 minute hike from the car.

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Here's my approach beta: from the Barker Dam parking lot, follow the "Barker Dam trail". Continue past the section of the trail which is neatly lined with rocks. You will soon encounter a "roundabout" with a shrub in the center. Turn left and you will see a brown trail marker with a climber icon labeled Gunsmoke. Follow this trail for about 5 minutes, continuing alongside the rocks on the right into the open valley. Gunsmoke will be on your right. May 13, 2016

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