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The Oyster Bar Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,500'
Location: 33.9906, -116.14114 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Josh Beck on Apr 8, 2003


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The Oyster Bar from below, Joshua Tree NP


On the lower right end of the Cowboy Crags area as viewed from the road, this rock features a handful of generally south facing dihedrals and face routes and around on the eastern side, it's namesake routes Oyster Bar 5.11b and Path of the Oyster 5.11c.

Getting There 

Park at the paved parking (not just a turnout but a small lot) a short distance past Ryan Campground. A trail leads from here to the base of Target Rock. At the base of the crag head left and follow the base of the crag to a large rocky and vegetated ravine. Travel up this (stay right, easy) and towards the top turn left to keep the terrain easiest. This should eventually deposit you at the Oyster Bar. Maybe 20 minutes from the road.

Climbing Season

For the Oyster Bar Area area.

Weather station 11.0 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Oyster Bar

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Oyster Bar:
The Oyster Bar   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Path Of The Oyster   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Carol Wong on The Path of the Oyster (5.11b).

Path Of The Oyster 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Oyster Bar
The lefthand route on the Oyster Bar proper. Fun, thin edging trends up and left to an intersection with the arete. Going out on the arete makes the climb only moderately easier as the harder moves are lower. This route has maybe slightly harder moves than Oyster Bar, but is not as sustained. I didn't give it an "s" rating but getting to and clipping the 2nd bolt involves the thinnest climbing on the route and a fall while clipping the 2nd bolt would definitely be poor....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By C Miller
From: CA
Apr 20, 2013
Another, perhaps better, approach to the upper Oyster Bar routes is to head around past Conrad Rock and the southern entrance to The Asylum and then contour across the hillside to the east-facing Oyster Bar routes. Although this way may be a little longer, the elevation gain is more gradual and as a bonus you hike past all of the best climbs in the area.
By Mr. Stevens
From: Boulder, CO
Jan 3, 2016
Take the approach that C Miller describes above. Way more pleasant. Also, this is a fantastic winter wall. BAKES in the sun from sun rise until 1-2 pm around X-mas/new years. Probably not good if it's windy, though...

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