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Echo Rock Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0252, -116.1558 View Map  Incorrect?
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Description 

Echo Rock is the huge dome closest to the parking area and a popular destination with climbers. Due to it's size the dome has been broken into separate areas to more easily navigate the wealth of routes.

The very popular Echo Rock - West Face is a slabby apron of rock with many single pitch face routes from 5.6 to 5.11+ as well as the occasional crack climb. Some of the popular routes include Double Dip (5.6) and Stichter Quits (5.7), Stick to What (5.9), Quick Draw McGraw (5.10a), Heart and Sole (5.10a) and Quick Draw McGraw (5.10b).

Being somewhat sheltered makes the Echo Rock - South Face a popular winter spot as it soaks up the sun and is a good spot to challenge yourself of a nice mix of crack and face routes. Some of the better ones here are Pope's Crack (5.9), Raked over the Coles (5.10d), Swept Away (5.11a), British Airways (5.11a R), Sole Fusion (5.12a) and My Idea of Fun (5.12d).

The EBGB Block Area is centered around a prominent block perched atop a shelf and visible from afar with Zondo's Perks (5.10a), EBGB's (5.10d), Jane's Getting Serious (5.12b) being some of the better routes.

The lesser visited Echo Rock - East Face can be a good spot to escape the crowds of the more popular areas as well as sample some lesser known routes such as Bambi Meets Godzilla (5.8), Closed on Mondays (5.9), The Menace (5.10b), Beadwagon (5.11a R) and Igor Prince of Poodles (5.11c).

Getting There 

Echo Rock is located just east of the Echo Cove formation. By skirting the south end of the Echo Cove formation and walking east, you will run smack dab into Echo Rock. Please stick to designated trails!

Climbing Season



Weather station 9.3 miles from here

76 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',17],['2 Stars',37],['1 Star',17],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',5],['5.7',6],['5.8',6],['5.9',10],['5.10',34],['5.11',10],['5.12',5],['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 Echo Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Echo Rock:
Double Dip   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   Echo Rock - West Face
Stichter Quits   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 115'   Echo Rock - West Face
Under the Radar   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Echo Rock - East Face : Hidden Slab
Bambi Meets Godzilla   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Echo Rock - East Face : Echo Rock - E Face (Left)
Stick to What   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Echo Rock - West Face
Pope's Crack   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Echo Rock - South Face
Heart and Sole   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Echo Rock - West Face
Private Eye   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Echo Rock - East Face : Hidden Slab
Quick Draw McGraw   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Echo Rock - West Face
Forbidden Paradise   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Echo Rock - West Face
Rodeo Doggie   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Echo Rock - East Face : Hidden Slab
Pope's Crack, Direct Finish   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   Echo Rock - South Face
The Falcon and The Snowman   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Echo Rock - West Face
Try Again   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Echo Rock - West Face
EBGB's   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   EBGB Block Area
Raked over the Coles   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Echo Rock - South Face
British Airways   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Echo Rock - South Face
Life in the Fast Lane   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   EBGB Block Area
Swept Away   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   Echo Rock - South Face
Battle of the Bulge   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   Echo Rock - West Face
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Featured Route For Echo Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Pope's Crack Photo by Bob Gaines

Pope's Crack 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Echo Rock - South Face
Starting from boulders climb the prominent finger/hand crack in a flared right-facing corner which slowly arches up and left passing along the left side of a small roof. A little ways past the roof set a high piece and then downclimb left along a dike to gain another crack system which is followed to the top. Three stars out of five.To descend work down and right from the top to rappel anchors atop British Airways....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Echo Rock Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: How the cool kids get down the walk off on Echo Ro...
How the cool kids get down the walk off on Echo Ro...
Rock Climbing Photo: Stichter Quits (Black Tide) area from approach tra...
Stichter Quits (Black Tide) area from approach tra...
Rock Climbing Photo: Echo Rock. photo by Blitzo.
Echo Rock. photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: my daughter on the lower section of Stitcher Quits...
BETA PHOTO: my daughter on the lower section of Stitcher Quits...
Rock Climbing Photo: Climber's info sign from NPS
Climber's info sign from NPS
Rock Climbing Photo: Echo Rock from the road, Joshua Tree NP
Echo Rock from the road, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Echo Rock weekend warriors!
Echo Rock weekend warriors!
Rock Climbing Photo: Joshua Tree with Echo Rock in the distance, Joshua...
Joshua Tree with Echo Rock in the distance, Joshua...
Rock Climbing Photo: Springtime at Echo Rock, Joshua Tree NP
Springtime at Echo Rock, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Echo Rock-South End. Photo by Blitzo.
Echo Rock-South End. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeremy Freeman rounding the corner on pitch 1 of '...
Jeremy Freeman rounding the corner on pitch 1 of '...

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By Chris Keefe
Mar 15, 2015
Hi all,
Does anyone have information on a pair of newish looking routes on the upper N. side of Echo (descending from the shiny OP rings)? There's no info on them in the '11 edition of Miramontes, so I thought I'd put a call out to people with a longer history in JTree, instead of creating a new area myself.

These two lines begin from a shady ledge/channel above one of the deep water runnels in the walkoff slab. The right ascends a short, roughly vertical crease/corner, following a variable fingers and hands crack in a corner onto slightly crumbly low-angle slab. It's bolted to hell with new-looking, sandstone-painted metolius hangers, including a couple of bolts in areas protectable with traditional gear. Suggested 5.7-5.8, 1 star.

The second line, at left, follows face moves and thin cracks over the lip onto the slab above. I left this one for another day, and have no further details on it.

Thank you for any questions or information you might have on these routes,
Chris Keefe
By steverett
From: San Diego, CA
Feb 1, 2016
Chris, I assume you are talking about the area to the right of Bambi Meets Godzilla? They are in the new Miramontes book; there were at least 3 that we saw on Saturday. We did one that went up the center to some rap rings on a vertical face, was a 5.7+ in the guidebook.

EDIT: Looking at the map, the one we did is more on the east side than the north; we found it descending from BmG (see circled area below).

Rock Climbing Photo: Sport routes on Echo Rock
Sport routes on Echo Rock
By Adam Stackhouse
Administrator
Feb 2, 2016
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