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Great Burrito Rock Climbing 

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Location: 34.01657, -116.17059 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Woody Stark on Dec 22, 2005
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The Great Burrito with climbers on it.


This is the large formation about 100 yards southeast of the Brown Wall and 50 yards east of the nature trail. The routes are to be found on the southwest side and, therefore, are in the sun most of the day. The rock is reasonably firm with some spots a bit grainy. All known routes, at this time, are traditional and one pitch. Rappelling requires two 60 meter ropes or one seventy meter. The walk off is to the northwest. Work around the summit boulders until you come to a shute that drops off steeply to the left and down toward a tree.

Getting There 

Enter Real Hidden Valley and take the trail to the left that circles the valley. Circle around until you pass by the trail the exits the valley north. At that point, you will be facing The Great Burrito to your east. There is a small formation in front of it. Approach to your right around the minor formation. There is a large, vertical, whitetish cleft in the formation with yuccas at its base.

Climbing Season

Weather station 10.3 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Great Burrito

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Great Burrito:
Kemosabe and Tonto   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: "Kemosabe and Tonto". Photo by Blitzo.

Kemosabe and Tonto 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Great Burrito
This route starts at the base of the large cleft and next to the yuccas. Climb the crack system directly to the top. The original party rated this route 5.9. I would rate it 10a/10b; it's strenuous with a tricky start....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Kevin Powell and I replaced all these old bolts on...
BETA PHOTO: Kevin Powell and I replaced all these old bolts on...
Rock Climbing Photo: The climber sign. Photo by Blitzo.
The climber sign. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Great Burrito
BETA PHOTO: Great Burrito
Rock Climbing Photo: The not so Great Burrito
BETA PHOTO: The not so Great Burrito

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By Blitzo
Sep 15, 2006
It's definitely, not so great!
By tom donnelly
From: san diego
Apr 6, 2009
You can "carefully" rap with one 60m rope.
You have to stop on the ledge next to the big rotten chimney. This ledge is 10 feet left and 6 feet higher than the start of Kemosabe & Tonto, Just before you run out of rope and are about to slip off the ends, your feet will hit the ledge. This won't allow a toprope since the ends of the rope do not reach the cruxy start of Kemosabe.
By Donno
From: Newport Beach
Apr 8, 2010
Bob, thanks for replacing the Great Burrito bolts with 1/2" stainless. Question: do you drill out the old hole, or drill a new one?
By Bob Gaines
Apr 8, 2010
We pull out the old 1/4 inch bolt (usually they come out much too easily) then drill out the existing hole for the 1/2 inch bolt.
By Gary Schmidt
From: Boulder, CO
Dec 21, 2011
We were there today and actually had a real great time. For one it is sunny all day which is nice in the cooler seasons and there were no crowds. The crag has a nice mixture of routes and we didn't find the rock quality to be that bad at all (thought a bit grainy in places). Also there must have been some additions since the original description as there are now some bolts on the routes. Fat Free on the far right is a real nice mixed climb which I would easily give two stars.
There is one anchor now (about the center of the top) from which you can carefully rappel with a 60 meter. There are no chains on the bolts and was equipped with webbing so you might wish to bring some to back it up in case it has deteriorated. The walk off is not that straightforward and would probably scare a newer climber.
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