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Sphinx Rock

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Afterthought T 
Cherry Blossom T 
Cleopatra T 
Don't Touch That Flake T 
Riddle of the Sphinx T 
Using Your Nose T 

Sphinx Rock Rock Climbing 


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Location: 34.01466, -116.14454 View Map  Incorrect?
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Bob Gaines leading Cleopatra photo by james barne...

Description 

This formation is actually the very "toe" of Mary Worth Buttress; and the first climbs you will reach in the Comic Book Area from the car. The trail passes within a few feet west of it, near the routes Cherry Blossom and Don't Touch That Flake. A great place to begin or end your visit to the Comic Book Area. Two routes make this spot particularly worth the visit: Cleopatra (5.11b***) and Afterthought (5.11a/b**). Cherry Blossom (5.10a*) is a good warm up.

Getting There 

From Echo Rock turnoff (used to be Echo Tee, but the road just curves here now), drive east on the road to Barker Dam (Big Horn Pass Road) for approximately 0.4 miles. Turnouts located on both sides of the road will be found here. A marked trail heads south which leads to the Comic Book Area. This is the first rocks you will encounter at the actual Comic Book Area; the trail literally passes a few yards west of the base. The Sphinx is named after the large squarish block sitting upper left (Cleopatra is located on this block). The other routes on the slab down and right, nearer the trail.


Climbing Season

For the Comic Book Area area.

Weather station 9.6 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


Featured Route For Sphinx Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Afterthought, 5.11

Afterthought 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Sphinx Rock
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Rock Climbing Photo: Sphinx Rock, Joshua Tree NP  A. Afterthought (5.11...
BETA PHOTO: Sphinx Rock, Joshua Tree NP A. Afterthought (5.11...
Rock Climbing Photo: Mystery routes left of Cleopatra Dome, Joshua Tree...
Mystery routes left of Cleopatra Dome, Joshua Tree...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bob Gaines leading Cleopatra  photo by James Barne...
Bob Gaines leading Cleopatra photo by James Barne...
Rock Climbing Photo: Overview photo showing Sphinx Rock, Joshua Tree NP
Overview photo showing Sphinx Rock, Joshua Tree NP

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