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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 33.9536, -116.0786 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jan 15, 2007


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This covers the extensive but fairly undeveloped bouldering along the Geology Tour Road. While a majority of the problems are close to the road some problems require hiking as much as 30 minutes or more. Good coverage exists in the Joshua Tree Bouldering Guide (Miramontes) but lots of new stuff has gone up since it's publication.

The unpaved, but occasionally graded, Geology Tour Road is a fairly good dirt road with lots of washboards and ruts in the first few miles and then a fair bit of soft sand after that. While having a 4WD vehicle is not a necessity it is advisable to have a vechicle with a bit of clearance and one that you feel comfortable driving over the odd rough spot. Be aware that some of the parking spots have a fair bit of soft sand which can spell trouble for those without 4WD, especially if trying to turn around in it. Better to keep the vehicle pointed downhill and drive the extra bit to Squaw Tank where a good turnaroud exists.

  • Below is a list of mileage for various spots along the road (mileages listed from the start of the Geology Tour Road).

1.5 - Backcountry Board (on left/east side of road)
3.2 - Western Belt (on right/west side of road)
3.6 - Western Belt (on right/west side of road and at marker #5)
3.8 - Shark Fin Area (on left/east side of road)
4.2 - Volcano Boulder Area/Human Sacrifice Cove (on either side of road at marker #6)
4.5 - Tour Boulders/Dike Boulder (on either side of road)
5.3 - Squaw Tank (on left/east side of road at marker #9)

Getting There 

Approach by driving down the Geology Tour Road and park as noted in the particular bouldering area description.

Climbing Season

Weather station 12.5 miles from here

79 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',24],['1 Star',28],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Geology Tour Road Bouldering

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Geology Tour Road Bouldering:
Base Layer   V1 5     Boulder, 10'   Towers of Uncertainty
Slashface   V3 6A R     Boulder, 25'   Western Belt : Slash Boulder
Slashdance   V3 6A     Boulder, 18'   Western Belt : Slash Boulder
Dike Face   V5- 6C     Boulder, 25'   Lechlinksi Cracks Area : Dike Boulder
Pinched Loaf   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Western Belt : Pinched Loaf Boulder
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