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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, Vicki Schwantes, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Jan 31, 2008
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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

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

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: DK pushing out the mantel.

The Chube V2 5+  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Chube Boulder
If Gunsmoke is too crowded, play on this for awhile. Located about 50 yards to the left of Gunsmoke as you face it (NE I think); path leads the way.Nice right slanting finger crack ends a boulderer's throw from the top. Have a good spotter just in case. If you top out, they can move the pad to the back for the jump-off . . . ...[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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