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The Tusk Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: C Miller on Feb 17, 2006
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Mojave Yucca and The Tusk. Photo by Blitzo.


The Tusk is a prominent 50' tower of good quality rock sitting atop a rubble pile just inside the Park entrance. Despite it's small size there are lots of routes on the formation and a good half day can be had here close to the car. Be aware that the exposed nature of the formation makes this a poor choice if windy. Despite the all-bolted nature of the climbs there are no fixed anchors. An easy downclimb off the northeast side is the descent.

Getting There 

Park in a large pullout with an exhibit 0.5 miles south of the Park entrance and hike 200 meters to the formation which sits atop a small rubble pile; the easiest path through the boulders at the base is by heading for the southwest corner of the formation. Allow 5 minutes for this casual approach.

Climbing Season

For the OZ Area area.

Weather station 4.5 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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

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Rock Climbing Photo: "Black Rhino". Photo by Blitzo.

Black Rhino 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Tusk
Climbs the left side of the south face past 4 bolts on good edges with a directional bolt at the top. Gear belay and short downclimb off the back....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: South face of The Tusk showing (l-r) Black Rhino (...
BETA PHOTO: South face of The Tusk showing (l-r) Black Rhino (...
Rock Climbing Photo: Tusk-Spring. Photo by Blitzo.
Tusk-Spring. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Tusk, Joshua Tree NP
BETA PHOTO: The Tusk, Joshua Tree NP

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