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Submitted By: chinos on Jan 2, 2011

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This crag is southwest facing and gets all day sun. The brown rock offers excellent moderate climbing with a small creek that holds water at least in the winter months. This area is secluded and well worth the hike to get away from the crowds around Echo.

Getting There 

From the Echo Rock parking area hike north on the trail between Echo Rock and Little Hunk. Follow the trail past Little Hunk until you come to a large river wash. Turn left onto the wash and follow it north towards a large water grooved low angle slab. Walk past the slab and continue northwest to a creek and follow it into a canyon. The routes are located on the brown rock to the right. There is also an unknown route with a bolt near the top on the edge of the creek. The remaining climbs are located on the hillside above the unknown climb.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.5 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: Last Temptation

Last Temptation 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Lost Mule Wall
Start on the left side of the gully up a right facing shallow corner. Then trend right passing a bush, with a couple of medium cam opportunities. This leads to a vertical seam with eventually widen into about a 1" crack, there's also a thin horizontal here that takes a 1/2" Friend. This is where the fun really begins, step right onto the knobby pillar and climb straight up to the top with no further pro, quite exciting!...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By C Miller
From: CA
Jan 4, 2011
This area sounds like the fairly obscure Lost Mule Wall. It's very likely the routes posted have all been previously climbed.
By Will S
From: Joshua Tree
Jan 4, 2011
Hate to rain on your parade, but these aren't "new" routes.
By chinos
Jan 4, 2011
sorry to post false incorrect info. i knew that somebody would have the correct info for the area. if you know the routes and there correct information please let me know so i can change it. i thought the climbing was enjoyable out there and that it was worth posting. i could not find anything in the guide for the area.
By toddgordon Gordon
From: Joshua Tree, California
Jan 5, 2011
Info on this area is in the Bartlett Rock Climbs of Central Joshua Tree 2nd edition with the 2002 supplement.........not a guidebook everyone has....but there is information on this area there;...there are 9 climbs listed on Lost Mule Wall, and 3 on Gadget Rock across the way....the routes were put up by a small group of people;...Bartlett, Chris Miller, myself, Tucker, Cora, Dave And Sherly Haber, Tony Sartin, Mark Anderson, Grant, Mark Senyk........this group. Cool to see people out exploring, and you can cross check info to see which routes had been done and which routes were new ones........hats off to those who explore new turf and break away from the familiar.......
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Jan 30, 2011
Unusual (for this part of the world) in that the routes can be "enchained", and as one progresses higher the view opens out, and it's an excellent prospect, all the way across to Tumbling Rainbow, a veritable tour of JT classic areas.

Worth doing for this experience alone.

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