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Joshua Tree National Park Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0122, -116.168 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Adam Stackhouse, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: M.Morley on Jan 1, 2001  with updates from Phredward and 1 more
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OVERVIEW 

Joshua Tree is a world famous area with thousands of routes, countless boulder problems and a very limited number of campsites. Long popular as a winter destination, it's appeal has only grown throughout the years as climbers of all abilities have discovered the mild temperatures, grippy rock and surreal landscape which make it a must visit area on any climber's list.

Today’s park visitor comes from around the globe, with some here to climb and others simply here to gaze at the wonder. Looky-loos can crowd some areas during the weekends, but that’s part of the park’s mission allowing everyone the opportunity to enjoy the park.

That said, sometimes Joshua Tree's popularity outgrows its carrying capacity, and is often the case, overnight camping can become very scarce, very fast. While the park service has made strides to expand the number of campsites, it has strengthened its rules about the number of campers per site, along with the number of vehicles per site. Current prices of overnight camping can be found here, along with other specific campground information. Other overnight options are listed below.

The fee to enter Joshua Tree is currently $20 per vehicle, which is good for 7 days from the date on the receipt. When time permits, the rangers will check the out-going traffic for valid receipts. An annual pass is also available, and at $30, stands as an excellent value for those visiting the park more often. Both are purchased at the check stations at the entrances to the park. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

The rock itself is quartz monzonite and tends to be fairly solid, but the less traveled and/or newer routes can have the dreaded "ball bearings underfoot syndrome" making those friction moves a tad more dicey. The best rock sports a coating of "desert varnish" or patina which darkens and solidifies the rock appreciably.

Kudos to this page's founding father M.Morley. In June 2002 the website "climbingjtree" went online.

Visitor Information 760-367-5500



Rock Climbing Photo: Christine Hoenigmann climbing  TG
Christine Hoenigmann climbing

TG

Rock Climbing Photo: Seth on Vector
Seth on Vector


Rock Climbing Photo: Matt Segal leads Acid Crack (5.12d)  Photo credit ...
Matt Segal leads Acid Crack (5.12d)

Photo credit from Leavittator 2015

CAMPING 

Water is not available in the Park. Please come prepared with water containers if planning on staying more than a day.



  • BLM land for the squeeze.


  • Hipcamp has a great directory of the campgrounds, and for some of them you can even check availability and book them online.

Rock Climbing Photo: The rarely deserted Indian Cove Campground.
The rarely deserted Indian Cove Campground.

Rock Climbing Photo: BLM overflow camping sites, Joshua Tree NP
BLM overflow camping sites, Joshua Tree NP

HOTELS, MOTELS, B&Bs, and VACATION HOMES 

Weekends are crowded during peak season! With its proximity to Los Angeles and San Diego, the Park draws more than 1 million visitors annually. Plan accordingly and have a backup plan if the campgrounds are full. There are numerous inexpensive motels in the nearby towns of Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and 29 Palms.

Lodging Overview


















REST DAY ACTIVITIES 


  • The Integratron - "a one-of-a-kind building designed as a rejuvenation and time machine"



  • 29 Palms Murals - A collection of 20 murals scattered throughout this desert town.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES 









GEAR, SUPPLIES AND MEDICAL 

  • Just down the road in Yucca Valley, one can find most any service and supply necessary; from major grocery stores and ubiquitous fast food joints, to auto lube and tunes.

  • Nomad Ventures is the local place to get climbing gear, guidebooks and information about the climbing in Joshua Tree. The folks are friendly and very knowledgeable.

  • Guide books for the area range from the no frills Bartlett guides to the fairly exhaustive Vogel guides as well as a couple of bouldering specific guides. All have something that the other doesn't.

  • Nearest hospital is the High Desert Medical Center in the town of Joshua Tree. Cell phone coverage in the park IS SPOTTY AT BEST to NONEXISTENT AT WORST. There is an emergency phone in near the restrooms in Hidden Valley Campground/Intersection Rock. Use only in an emergency.

GETTING HERE 

  • From Palm Springs Airport (PSP) to the West Entrance is 43.6 miles

  • From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to the West Entrance is 148 miles

  • From Las Vegas International Airport (LAS) to the North Entrance is 225 miles

  • From Phoenix International Airport (PHX) through the South Entrance to Belle Campground is 259 miles


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Sport climbs of Joshua Tree 

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Rock Climbing Photo: Erik on "Is that a Munchkin in your Pocket&qu...
Erik on "Is that a Munchkin in your Pocket".
Photo by Blitzo.


Rock Climbing Photo: Bathwater, Pinto Basin TG
Bathwater, Pinto Basin
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5,509 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Joshua Tree National Park

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Joshua Tree National Park:
White Rastafarian   V2 5+ R     Boulder, 20'   Outback Bouldering : White Rastafarian Boulder
Gunsmoke   V3 6A     Boulder, 80'   Gunsmoke Area : Gunsmoke Wall
Right On   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
SW Corner   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Ryan Campground : Headstone Rock
Mental Physics   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   West Wonderland Valley : Lenticular Dome
Double Cross   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   The Old Woman : The Old Woman - West Face
Sail Away   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Real Hidden Valley : Hidden Tower
Dappled Mare   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   Lost Horse Wall : Lost Horse Wall - Right Sid...
Walk on the Wild Side   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   Saddle Rocks - Skirt : Saddle Rocks - Skirt (West...
Touch and Go   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Echo Rock Area : Touch and Go Face
Pope's Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Echo Rock : Echo Rock - South Face
Bird of Fire   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Split Rocks : Isles in the Sky
Illusion Dweller   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Sentinel : The Sentinel - West Face
Figures on a Landscape (aka Monkey on My Back)   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   North Astro Dome : North Astro Dome - Northeas...
Rubicon   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Split Rocks : Rubicon Formation
Clean and Jerk   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Sports Challenge Rock : Sports Challenge Rock - Eas...
O'Kelley's Crack   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Echo Rock Area : Rusty Wall
Coarse and Buggy   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Roadside Rocks : Dihedral Rock
Leave it to Beaver (aka The Beaver)   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Sports Challenge Rock : Sports Challenge Rock - Eas...
Equinox   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Jerry's Quarry and Lost Pen... : Jerry's Quarry
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Stem Gem V4 6B  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Stem Gem Boulder
Located in a small group of campsites on the Southern end of the Blob formation. Please ask permission for bouldering in occupied campsites.Stem Gem is the Quintessencial JTree boulder problem, embodying the essence of Joshua Tree climbing: Highly technical and often times perplexing movement across extremely friction dependant, featurless granite. Indeed, this problem has nary a hold on it, the only thing making it climbable is its coarse friction and the undulating nature of the stone.Getting ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Joshua Tree National Park Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: A true fixture in the Park. earthworksimagery.com
A true fixture in the Park. earthworksimagery.com
Rock Climbing Photo: The rarely deserted Indian Cove Campground.
The rarely deserted Indian Cove Campground.
Rock Climbing Photo: jtree night sky.
jtree night sky.
Rock Climbing Photo: Joshua Tree, the early days-1974
Joshua Tree, the early days-1974
Rock Climbing Photo: Night Sky. Photo by Blitzo.
Night Sky. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Joshua Tree Sunset
Joshua Tree Sunset
Rock Climbing Photo: Bird and Brodie launching the Space Pod. Photo: Er...
Bird and Brodie launching the Space Pod. Photo: Er...
Rock Climbing Photo: Saddle Rocks at sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
Saddle Rocks at sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: A hopping roadrunner. Photo by Blitzo.
A hopping roadrunner. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: One of my bros...  Barker Dam area
One of my bros... Barker Dam area
Rock Climbing Photo: Bob Cat. Photo by Blitzo.
Bob Cat. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Joshua Tree sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
Joshua Tree sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: The first sunset of 2010, Joshua Tree NP
The first sunset of 2010, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: I beg to differ.
I beg to differ.
Rock Climbing Photo: Below Loose Lady (10a).
Below Loose Lady (10a).
Rock Climbing Photo: whitetank campground jt ca
whitetank campground jt ca
Rock Climbing Photo: Headstone Rock
Headstone Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Quite the sunset
Quite the sunset
Rock Climbing Photo: Desert Lily at sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Lily at sunset. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: One of the many cool things about this park...  Ma...
One of the many cool things about this park... Ma...
Rock Climbing Photo: scrap metal welded together, including rebar rope
scrap metal welded together, including rebar rope
Rock Climbing Photo: Horny Toad. Photo by Blitzo.
Horny Toad. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Loner
Loner
Rock Climbing Photo: Datura blossom
Datura blossom

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By Brad "Stonyman" Killough
Administrator
From: Alabama
Dec 5, 2008
Such an awesome place!!! Great pictures...!
By C Miller
Administrator
Dec 21, 2009
Top 5 climbs in Joshua Tree?
By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Jan 3, 2010
Michael Reardon ripping up Josh, solo style...


By burlap submariner
Dec 14, 2013
How is josh in april? was looking to spend a week there towards the end of the month.

Essentially looking for the following.

-how cold is it?

-If quite cold are there certain aspects that face the sun for tolerable climbing conditons....and if so is it worth coming for 7 days to do so....

thanks
By C Miller
Administrator
Dec 16, 2013
Rock Climbing Photo: Average temperatures
Average temperatures


Note that the elevation for the given temperatures is slightly under 2000 feet while Hidden Valley Campground is over 4000 feet which will mean slightly cooler temperatures.

There are scads of fun and enjoyable routes facing every direction of the compass, even south for when it's cold, so head out and climb for as long as your fingertips can take it!