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The Polka Dot Wall Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: David Evans on Mar 25, 2003
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This polka dot covered gray and brown crag is guaranteed to be cool and uncrowded. On the right end is an excellant moderate splitter finger and hand crack called Wild Goose Chase 5.8+ **. In the middle are thin triple cracks 5.8+ **. Just left of center is a clean brown buttress with two TR's (Bolting ban). Both are 5.10 a/b **.

Getting There 

This cliff is on the way to the "Slatanic area." You go up Rattlesnake cyn. until just below "The Bulkhead" and then head left up the gully which leads east up the mountainside. Follow the gully until you can traverse up and right onto a small plateau area. The "Polka Dot Wall" is 200' down the first gully to the west. If you are going to the "Slatanic area" traverse west past the top of the "Polka Dot Wall" and drop 100' or so down the next gully till you can traverse farther west until directly below the routes.

Climbing Season

For the Rattlesnake Canyon area.

Weather station 5.9 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',1]

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Student Body 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Polka Dot Wall
This is the leftmost of 3 cracks on the SW face. You need some small wires for the crux. 50' long. A fun route....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By The Gray Tradster
Feb 6, 2005
The "small Plateau area" is distinguished by a stand of several dead pinyons. 1000 ft elevation gain total from the car, Allow 1-1/4 to 1-1/2hr.

UTM 579615 3770773 (Conus 27)
By Murf
Feb 8, 2005

I find it slightly ironic that you stated:

"No,but sometimes it's just nice to leave a sense of mystery and adventure for the next guy. Not everything needs to be documented to death. There are plenty of overdeveloped areas for that already."

And then give GPS coordinates to an area. There's little enough adventure in JT w/o giving out waypoints to out of the way crags.
By The Gray Tradster
Feb 8, 2005
Actualy We found it highly ironic that we had to pack out trash found on top of the formation! Pick up after yourselves people!

There's a very complete govt sponsored list of the gps coordinates of almost every formation and feature in the park remote or otherwise. J Tree is even in its most remote areas, "developed".If this info keeps people from trampling all over the place creating braided dead ended trails looking for this formation it will have served its intended purpose. Its description on this website will insure its popularity in any case.

I'd never think of devulging that kind of info for many places I've been, but not in the park.
By Drederek
Dec 5, 2007
This was much easier to find than I thought it would be and worth the hike. A couple of hints about getting there; its pretty much right behind the bulkhead and it can be seen from the billboard area as a smooth dark wall above and slightly to the right of the bulkhead

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