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Near East Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.03539, -116.13826 View Map  Incorrect?
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The Near East is another name for the southeast corner of the southern Wonderland of Rocks and made up of a series of six rocky canyons which run parallel to one another.

Some of the closer crags are semi-popular and it's not unusual to see hikers due to the nearby Wall Street Stamp Mill, however the more distant crags tend to be virtually crowd-free.

Getting There 

Drive past the Barker Dam turn-off, staying more-or-less straight, onto a dirt road and then make a quick left onto another dirt road which heads east to a dirt parking lot with an outhouse.

This is the trailhead for the southern Wonderland and the approach starts the same, but where the main Wonderland trail heads sharply left, passing Uncle Willie's, stay straight for a bit and then veer left along well-defined trails to the Stamp Mill and the various crags.

The approach takes roughly 15-45 minutes to reach the various crags in the Near East.

Climbing Season

For the Wonderland South area.

Weather station 8.2 miles from here

33 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',15],['Bomb',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Near East

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Near East:
Hook and Ladder   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Hook and Ladder Area
Black and Blue   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Afro Blues Wall : Afro Blues Wall (Northwest ...
Stingray   5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Iguana Dome
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Featured Route For Near East
Rock Climbing Photo: The Crux of Stingray

Stingray 5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Iguana Dome
This is a badass finger crack for sure, though how hard it is is still open for debate. A recent Climbing Magazine pic stated 14a, but I'm skeptical. Sonnie Trotter and I were talking about it and he got stumped on a single move for a few days, trying it the same way every time. Then he used new beta and floated the route on that attempt. He said maybe 13b/c but that it was harder than all the 13+s in Indian Creek he's done, so who knows, maybe 14a? I didn't get stuck on a move for days nor did ...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: An attractive small dome half way between Hook an ...
An attractive small dome half way between Hook an ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Another relic near the Stamp Mill, Joshua Tree NP
Another relic near the Stamp Mill, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Wall Street Stamp Mill, Joshua Tree NP
Wall Street Stamp Mill, Joshua Tree NP

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