Mountain Project Logo
To save paper & ink, use the [Hide] controls next to photos and comments so you only print what you need.

Lost Mule Wall

California > Joshua Tree NP > Echo Rock Area


This crag is southwest facing and gets all day sun. The brown rock offers excellent moderate climbing with a small creek that holds water at least in the winter months. This area is secluded and well worth the hike to get away from the crowds around Echo.

Getting There

From the Echo Rock parking area hike north on the trail between Echo Rock and Little Hunk. Follow the trail past Little Hunk until you come to a large river wash. Turn left onto the wash and follow it north towards a large water grooved low angle slab. Walk past the slab and continue northwest to a creek and follow it into a canyon. The routes are located on the brown rock to the right. There is also an unknown route with a bolt near the top on the edge of the creek. The remaining climbs are located on the hillside above the unknown climb.

Routes from Left to Right

Photos [Hide ALL Photos]

Jacob on the talus scramble with the climbs in the back.
[Hide Photo] Jacob on the talus scramble with the climbs in the back.
A view of the area from the hike in. The water grooved slab is on the rightside of the picture.
[Hide Photo] A view of the area from the hike in. The water grooved slab is on the rightside of the picture.

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

[Hide Comment] This area sounds like the fairly obscure Lost Mule Wall. It's very likely the routes posted have all been previously climbed. Jan 4, 2011
Will S
Joshua Tree
[Hide Comment] Hate to rain on your parade, but these aren't "new" routes. Jan 4, 2011
[Hide Comment] sorry to post false incorrect info. i knew that somebody would have the correct info for the area. if you know the routes and there correct information please let me know so i can change it. i thought the climbing was enjoyable out there and that it was worth posting. i could not find anything in the guide for the area. Jan 4, 2011
toddgordon Gordon
Joshua Tree, California
[Hide Comment] Info on this area is in the Bartlett Rock Climbs of Central Joshua Tree 2nd edition with the 2002 supplement.........not a guidebook everyone has....but there is information on this area there;...there are 9 climbs listed on Lost Mule Wall, and 3 on Gadget Rock across the way....the routes were put up by a small group of people;...Bartlett, Chris Miller, myself, Tucker, Cora, Dave And Sherly Haber, Tony Sartin, Mark Anderson, Grant, Mark Senyk........this group. Cool to see people out exploring, and you can cross check info to see which routes had been done and which routes were new ones........hats off to those who explore new turf and break away from the familiar....... Jan 5, 2011
Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
[Hide Comment] Unusual (for this part of the world) in that the routes can be "enchained", and as one progresses higher the view opens out, and it's an excellent prospect, all the way across to Tumbling Rainbow, a veritable tour of JT classic areas.

Worth doing for this experience alone. Jan 30, 2011
Jeff Scofield
Yorba Linda, CA
[Hide Comment] Thanks for the info Todd headed there next Saturday so I saw your comment checked Amazon and scored a brand new second edition Bartlett 2002 guidebook Dec 6, 2018