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Butterbags Buttress 

Cottonwood Area Rock Climbing 


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Location: 33.72885, -115.79655 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: toddgordon Gordon on Jun 6, 2010
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Cottonwood Area, Joshua Tree NP

Description 

There are no climbs in Al's or Randy's Guides from the Cottonwood Area. There is not much climbable rock in this area (near the road, anyways.... there is some back country stuff WAY back in there.) The exception is this area, The Butterbags Buttress Area. These are great, fun routes in a very beautiful, out-of -the- way, sunny area. They are at a lower elevation, and south facing, so a winter visit would be best. The Salton Sea is visible from the top of this crag. This crag is visible from the road off to the east, about half way between Cottonwood Campground and Interstate 10 (you can't miss it). 30 min. approach up a beautiful sandy wash, then up a rather steep hill. Well worth a visit for the day.

Getting There 

Between Cottonwood and I-10. Easily seen from the road, off to the east.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.1 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['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]


Featured Route For Cottonwood Area

Baby Pillows 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Butterbags Buttress
3 bolts to thin crack (2 fp) , Located left of Babaloos. Face climb at the start, then up a thin splitter crack, which is too thin to jam at first, so you face climb up it past 2 fixed pins until you can finally fit your fingers in the crack, which is followed to the top. Another excellent and challenging climb....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Camp Young Historical Monument, Joshua Tree NP
Camp Young Historical Monument, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Cottonwood Area roadside scenery, Joshua Tree NP
Cottonwood Area roadside scenery, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Yuccas in the Cottonwood Area, Joshua Tree NP
Yuccas in the Cottonwood Area, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Cottonwood Visitor Center, Joshua Tree NP
Cottonwood Visitor Center, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Scenery in the Cottonwood Visitor Center Area, Jos...
Scenery in the Cottonwood Visitor Center Area, Jos...
Rock Climbing Photo: Butterbags Buttress Area. Photo by Blitzo.
Butterbags Buttress Area. Photo by Blitzo.
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Amazing beauty near Cottonwood Springs, April '08.
Rock Climbing Photo: Spring wildflowers near Cottonwood, Joshua Tree NP
Spring wildflowers near Cottonwood, Joshua Tree NP

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By toddgordon Gordon
From: Joshua Tree, California
Jun 6, 2010
One or two of the chimneys left of the Butterbags buttress have been done too; most would find them loose and unenjoyable. There is also a chipped route that was started in the area, but, fortunately, abandoned.

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