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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: Dirty Minds (5.11a), Joshua Tree NP

Dirty Minds 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Cowboy Crags
Short but engaging moves utilizing both the arete and the occasional seam are played out on quality tan stone with the odd patina patch. The approach is steep and mostly uphill, but the expansive views, sense of isolation and other worthy climbs nearby make this a place to explore if so inclined. The area surrounding the Cowboy Crags burned in a fire a number of years ago, and the charred remnants of vegetation can add an eerie feel to this area at times. Two stars out of five. ...[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
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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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