Gunsmoke Area Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Chris Sharma setting up for the crux sequence on t...
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
(V3), High Noon
(V5), Streetcar Named Desire
(V6+) and currently the hardest boulder problem in Joshua Tree - Iron Resolution
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.
Weather station 8.8 miles from here
17 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Gunsmoke Area
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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
"Rambler" is a fun traverse just around ...
The Chube (V0+), Joshua Tree NP
Looking west from The Chube.
Looking towards Gunsmoke from The Chube.
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.