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An Eye to the West T 
Crescent Wrench T 
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Over The Hill T 
Tossed Green T 
White Powder T 

Hound Rock Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: C Miller on Feb 13, 2004
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A vestige of the past, Joshua Tree NP


Hound Rock is the large formation directly behind Baskerville Rock and is home to a number of good crack climbs. The two most popular are Tossed Green (5.10a) a nice thin crack and Crescent Wrench (5.10d) a curving crack with a difficult finish. Additionally there are a number of moderate cracks on the backside which despite having been climbed for many years have not seen any real documentation.

A novelty from the olden days is the "Valley of Trash", a collection of rusted cans, bed springs and assorted metal objects which lie in the depression at the base of the east face. Please leave these undisturbed for others to enjoy as they are protected by law.

This is a good wall to visit in conjunction with a trip to Baskerville Rock and/or the White Cliffs Of Dover as there are many excellent cracks to do in this area.

Routes from left to right

Direct Wrench (5.11a)
Crescent Wrench (5.10d)
An Eye to the West (5.9)
Tossed Green (5.10a)
White Powder (5.7)
Over The Hill (5.9)
Animalitos (5.11b R)
Animalargos (5.11c R)

Getting There 

Approach as for Baskerville Rock but skirt it on it's left side (passing the Baskerville Cracks) and Hound Rock will come into view. The approach takes about 15 minutes from the parking area at Trash Can Rock.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.2 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Hound Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hound Rock:
Tossed Green   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
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An Eye to the West 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Hound Rock
Gain the right most of two cracks imediately above the large boulder between Crescent Wrench and Tossed Green. A tricky boulder type move leads to an off-balance crack. At the tougher end of the 5.9 continuum, with interesting moves all the way to the top. Almost on par with Tossed Green for quality. Down climb by wandering up and back down to the left (south) above Crescent Wrench....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Tossed Green 5.10 onsight
Tossed Green 5.10 onsight
Rock Climbing Photo: Hound Rock, Joshua Tree NP
Hound Rock, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Hound and Baskerville Rocks. Photo by Blitzo.
Hound and Baskerville Rocks. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Hound Rock, Joshua Tree NP
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By The Gray Tradster
Apr 19, 2004
There are two difficult routes on the right end of the formation, Animalitos, 11b and Animalargos, 11c. These are shown as leads in the 92 Vogel guide and as TR's in Bartlet and most subsequent guides. Last year (03) we were on Baskerville and heard a commotion. A climber had come off (not sure which route) and decked zippering all his gear. He was able to make it out under his own power, miracuously avoiding any serious injury. The rock on this formation deteriorates in quality to the right of Tossed Green.
By Randy
Apr 19, 2004
Actually, both Animalitos 11b (the one the climber fell on) and Animalargos 11c are lead climbs. However, they both deserve (and are assigned in the new guide) R protection ratings. They have both been lead several times, but are more commonly top-roped. As for the quality of the rock, both of these climbs have very good quality rock.
By Vernon Stiefel
Apr 20, 2004
I would daresay that Animalitos (11b) deserves an R/X rating. There is NO pro at the crux and the rock quality in the initial crack where some gear can be placed is not that good. The rock quality improves dramatically at the face transition to the other crack which extends to the top. It is a miracle that the climber was able to walk away from a lengthy plummet into the "Valley of Trash."
By The Gray Tradster
Nov 25, 2007
There are a half dozen or so crack lines on the back side. They look grainy and unpleasant down low, better above, and from the looks of them have obviously been done more than once.

Anyone care to offer up some names and ratings?


By toddgordon Gordon
From: Joshua Tree, California
May 29, 2010
I believe Tucker has done most or all of them....I'll ask....

I talked to Tucker today about these cracks;..he says there are about a dozen of them;...from 5.6 to 5.10..and he has done them all...he had a topo, and we looked for the topo...but couldn't find it....I'll try again...

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