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Barker Dam Area Rock Climbing 


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Description 

The Barker Dam Day Use Area provides access for a handful of good routes; however, they tend to be spread out amongst several rock formations. If you can find it, the Room To Shroom Area has the phenomenal namesake splitter crack plus the less known but excellent Chemical Warfare. Probably the most popular area here is not a route at all, but rather the famous Gunsmoke - a strenuous and long bouldering traverse.


Getting There 

Walk, bike, or drive to the Barker Dam Day Use Area, 1.5 miles NE of Hidden Valley Campground along paved road. Most of the routes are approached via the Barker Dam Loop Trail.


Climbing Season



Weather station 8.7 miles from here

99 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',9],['2 Stars',34],['1 Star',50],['Bomb',3]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',7],['5.8',14],['5.9',17],['5.10',43],['5.11',8],['5.12',4],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Barker Dam Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Barker Dam Area:
Life's a Bitch and then You Marry One   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Dissolution Rock
Guilty   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Lakeside Rock North (aka Or...
Bish   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 150'   Emotional Rescue Area
Secret Mormon Underwear   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Lakeside Rock North (aka Or...
Room To Shroom   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Room To Shroom Area
Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Sleepy Hollow aka Lakeside ...
Death of a Decade   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Hunk Rock : Hunk Rock - East Face
Tai Kwon Bro   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Lakeside Rock North (aka Or...
Bad Lizards   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Rat Rock
Snot Slot   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Lakeside Rock North (aka Or...
Chemical Warfare   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Room To Shroom Area
An Eye for an Eye And a Route for a Route   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Lakeside Rock : Lakeside Rock - West Face
Lubricated Goat   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   Emotional Rescue Area
Carving Pumpkins   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Sleepy Hollow aka Lakeside ...
More Monkey than Funky   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   More Funky than Monkey Rock
Rockwork Orange   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Rockworks Rock
Father Figure   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lakeside Rock : Lakeside Rock - East Face
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Rock Climbing Photo: Shay Har-Noy sending More Funky than Monkey.

More Monkey than Funky 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : More Funky than Monkey Rock
This is a simply spectacular route. A 3rd class slab leads directly to the roof. 15' or slightly more of sinker horizontal hand jamming (assuming average sized men's hands) lead to desperate super tight hands jamming around the lip. Once above the lip a tricky though not terribly difficult move or two and a last thin piece of gear are best dispatched before the pump clock catches up with you! Best led with one rope - clip your first piece or two with slings and don't blow it. At the lip place a ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Barker Dam Area Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Rebels
Rebels
Rock Climbing Photo: Eric working his way over the lip (TR)
Eric working his way over the lip (TR)
Rock Climbing Photo: Who done it...
Who done it...
Rock Climbing Photo: Cracked Egg
Cracked Egg
Rock Climbing Photo: Joshua Tree
Joshua Tree
Rock Climbing Photo: Mortar hole near the Wave Boulder, Joshua Tree NP
Mortar hole near the Wave Boulder, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Another shot of Barker Dam, I think early 2004.
Another shot of Barker Dam, I think early 2004.
Rock Climbing Photo: Barker Dam, I think this was early 2004.
Barker Dam, I think this was early 2004.
Rock Climbing Photo: Barker Dam with lakeside Rock in the bckround.
Barker Dam with lakeside Rock in the bckround.
Rock Climbing Photo: Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), Joshua Tree ...
Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii), Joshua Tree ...
Rock Climbing Photo: No Falls Wall (S. Face), Joshua Tree NP
No Falls Wall (S. Face), Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Barker Damn in August (it wasn't to hot actually)
Barker Damn in August (it wasn't to hot actually)
Rock Climbing Photo: Barker Dam 2005. Photo by Blitzo.
Barker Dam 2005. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Barker Dam. Photo by Blitzo.
Barker Dam. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rat Rock
Rat Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Low water level, October 4, 2010
Low water level, October 4, 2010
Rock Climbing Photo: Spring Bloom on the Barker Dam hike.  April 08.
Spring Bloom on the Barker Dam hike. April 08.
Rock Climbing Photo: Graffiti at Barker Dam, Joshua Tree NP
Graffiti at Barker Dam, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Spring Bloom on the Barker Dam hike.  April 08.
Spring Bloom on the Barker Dam hike. April 08.
Rock Climbing Photo: Barker Dam (temporarily closed), Joshua Tree NP
Barker Dam (temporarily closed), Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunset at Barker Dam.
Sunset at Barker Dam.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Black Rocks, Joshua Tree NP
The Black Rocks, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: I think they've been re-touched, petroglyphs on th...
I think they've been re-touched, petroglyphs on th...
Rock Climbing Photo: A view of Barker Dam with water
BETA PHOTO: A view of Barker Dam with water

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By C Miller
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Apr 26, 2015
Barker Dam Undergoes Major Restoration - nps.gov/jotr/learn/news/barker...