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Bear Island Rock Climbing 


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Location: 34.0538, -116.18113 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

This rock lies about 150 yards northwest of the Wonderland trail, just before it joins the larger trail running north-south.
The routes are on decent rock and easily top roped.

Getting There 

Park at Wonderland parking. Head up the Wonderland trail.
For more complete information get "Rock Climbing Joshua Tree West" by Randy Vogel.

Climbing Season



Weather station 8.9 miles from here

9 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',2],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=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 Bear Island

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Bear Island:
Shardik   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a     Trad, 1 pitch, 55'   
Kodiak   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: "Kodiak". Photo by Blitzo.

Kodiak 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Bear Island
Climb the left of some blocks. Follow face and a varnished crack to the top....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Bear Island Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Bear Island-Southwest Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Bear Island-Southwest Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bear Island north face featuring the crack Shardik...
Bear Island north face featuring the crack Shardik...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bear Island-Northwest Face. Photo by Blitzo.
Bear Island-Northwest Face. Photo by Blitzo.

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By Isaac T.
From: Yokosuka, Japan
Dec 8, 2007
The guide book states that this is a practically worthless rock, I disagree. It is a good spot to take beginners, good TR anchors at the top, solid rock (except maybe How Loose is your Goose) not to high, and fairly secluded. Once you are done here you can climb @ Mustang Wall or vice versa. Also Bear Island tends to be in the sun while Mustang wall is in the shade. Lots of cool bouldering around the area as well.
By Mary Moser
Mar 6, 2011
I agree that Bear Island is a nice place to go if you are looking to avoid the crowds and enjoy a lot of moderates. As mentioned, it's in the sun most of the day.