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Cowboy Crags Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,700'
Location: 33.9917, -116.1388 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Woody Stark on Jan 27, 2005


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Looking up to the Cowboy Crags from above the Oyst...


The Cowboy Crags are located well up the west side of Ryan Mountain, above and slightly right from Saddle Rocks, as seen from the road. The identified routes in the guide are all traditional and located on the middle or highest formation. Other routes exist; however, I have no information about them at this time. The route to do here is the clean corner of Wisest Crack (5.7) which commands an impressive view from it's vantage point high on the flanks of Ryan Mountain.

Getting There 

Park in the Hall Of Horror's parking lot and take the Saddle Rock trail east. Upon nearing Saddle Rock hike south (right)around that formation then head east up the steep slope toward the crags. Plan on a 45 minute, mostly uphill, approach from the car to the crags.

Climbing Season

For the Saddle Rocks Area area.

Weather station 10.9 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Cowboy Crags

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Cowboy Crags:
Wisest Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Featured Route For Cowboy Crags
Rock Climbing Photo: "Wisest Crack", follows the clean dihedr...

Wisest Crack 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Cowboy Crags
This route begins from a flat area atop a large rock, above and to the right of the main slabby face where Cling Peaches and The Unbearable Lightness Of Being are located. Up the very obvious left-facing dihedral which starts off the left side of the ledge. The rock is a nice chocolate brown and is impeccable in quality. A fun easy climb. Descend by scrambling around to the right....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Cowboy Crags. Photo by Blitzo.
Cowboy Crags. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Cowboy Crag from below
BETA PHOTO: Cowboy Crag from below
Rock Climbing Photo: Cowboy Crags. Photo by Blitzo.
Cowboy Crags. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: January snow on the Cowboy Crags, Joshua Tree NP
January snow on the Cowboy Crags, Joshua Tree NP

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