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Gunsmoke Area  Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0285, -116.1451 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Jan 31, 2008
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Description 

This very popular area includes the famous Gunsmoke traverse as well as a number of other quality problems scattered about a large open valley. Notable problems here include The Chube (V2), Gunsmoke (V3), High Noon (V5), Streetcar Named Desire (V6+) and currently the hardest boulder problem in Joshua Tree - Iron Resolution (V12+).

Getting There 

Park in the large paved lot and follow a trail past the old parking lot and then straight on for a bit until a sharp turn to the left midway along a worn trail (continuing straight ahead leads to Barker Dam), pass a short rocky section, go a bit further and turn right to enter a broad open valley - the Gunsmoke traverse will soon be visible at about one o'clock (slightly to the right). Plan on a 10 minute hike from the car.

Climbing Season



Weather station 8.8 miles from here

17 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Gunsmoke Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Gunsmoke Area :
Piano Crack   V-easy 3     Boulder, 23'   Piano Rock
Corner Problem   V0 4     Boulder, 15'   Gunsmoke Wall
Friction 101   V1 5     Boulder, 11'   Friction Slab
The Chube   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Chube Boulder
Gunsmoke   V3 6A     Boulder, 80'   Gunsmoke Wall
Like a Ninja   V3 6A PG13     Boulder, 8'   Ninja Boulder
Secret Samurai   V4 6B PG13     Boulder, 12'   Ninja Boulder
High Noon   V5 6C     Boulder, 16'   Gunsmoke Wall
Shanghai Noon   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Gunsmoke Wall
Streetcar Named Desire   V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 13'   Streetcar Boulder
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Featured Route For Gunsmoke Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Margaret on Gunsmoke.

Gunsmoke V3 6A  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Gunsmoke Wall
Classic. Like Yosemite's Midnight Lightning, Hueco Tank's Ghetto Simulator or Boulder's Monkey Traverse, Gunsmoke requires little introduction.The Gunsmoke Traverse is L-shaped and is usually done from left to right. Start as far left as possible, move right along the wall for about 50' past 2 crux sections, turn the corner (third crux), and continue another 35' along rails to a final bulge. If your guns aren't too smoked, reverse your moves back to the start. GUNSMOKE IS LIKELY THE SINGLE M...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Gunsmoke Area Sunset
Gunsmoke Area Sunset
Rock Climbing Photo: "Rambler" is a fun traverse just around ...
"Rambler" is a fun traverse just around ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Chube (V0+), Joshua Tree NP
The Chube (V0+), Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking west from The Chube.
Looking west from The Chube.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking towards Gunsmoke from The Chube.
Looking towards Gunsmoke from The Chube.

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By Danche
May 13, 2016
Here's my approach beta: from the Barker Dam parking lot, follow the "Barker Dam trail". Continue past the section of the trail which is neatly lined with rocks. You will soon encounter a "roundabout" with a shrub in the center. Turn left and you will see a brown trail marker with a climber icon labeled Gunsmoke. Follow this trail for about 5 minutes, continuing alongside the rocks on the right into the open valley. Gunsmoke will be on your right.

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