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Trashcan Rock Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0401, -116.197 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: M. Morley on Nov 20, 2002


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Trashcan Rock hosts a high concentration of easier routes (5.0 - 5.6), a few moderates (5.7 - 5.9), and a few harder routes (5.10 - 5.11). None of the climbs are super-megaclassics, but it is a popular destination nonetheless. Several routes warrant an 'R' or 'X' rating, and as such there are usually quite a few topropes and the accompanying mayhem of beginner groups. Perhaps a good place to avoid on the weekends.

Descend all routes by walking down the north side.

Getting There 

The Quail Springs Day Use Area is the first major landmark on your right if you are driving in from the West Entrance of the Park (i.e., the town of Joshua Tree). It is about 6 miles from the West Entrance kiosk and is signed.

Trashcan Rock lies about 10' from the parking area. It's east face faces the main road.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.0 miles from here

26 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Trashcan Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Trashcan Rock:
Tiptoe   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   Trashcan Rock - West Face
Cranny   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   Trashcan Rock - West Face
Left Sawdust Crack   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Trashcan Rock - East Face
Butterfly Crack   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Trashcan Rock - East Face
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B-3 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Trashcan Rock - West Face
On the left side of the west face of Trashcan Rock (facing the large parking area), there are three wide, ugly-looking cracks. From left to right, they are B-3, B-2, and B-1.B-3 is not as fun as B-1, but it's definitely a better climb than B-2. It might be worth climbing if you're new at the game and someone has set a TR for you, or if you've climbed Karpkwitz, since you can anchor the two from the same spot. Probably not worth seeking out for its own sake, though....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Fields of gold near Trashcan Rock, Joshua Tree NP
Fields of gold near Trashcan Rock, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Pictured here are the route The Trough through Bab...
Pictured here are the route The Trough through Bab...
Rock Climbing Photo: I've seen a few of these guys in the area. Photo B...
I've seen a few of these guys in the area. Photo B...
Rock Climbing Photo: Trashcan Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Trashcan Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Trashcan rock at sunset.
Trashcan rock at sunset.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rocks-QSPA. Photo by Blitzo.
Rocks-QSPA. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: New climbing sign. Photo by Blitzo.
New climbing sign. Photo by Blitzo.

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By Steve Powell
Dec 11, 2002
I happen to think that Quail Springs is a good area for both the beginning climber, and the beginning lead climber. there are also some nice moderate routes to 5.12 that are on the side facing the road.
By Adam Stackhouse
Feb 8, 2010
This is a very family friendly area, offering picnic tables, bbqs, restrooms and zero approach; all just steps from the car.
By Patrick Dyson
May 4, 2010
Watch for the tricky pro to setup the anchors on top (no bolts/chains that I saw). Take some big gear & moderately long slings.
By peter p
Oct 31, 2016
Many beginners' first encounter with J-Tree. I always feel bad to say "you just did a 5.3 and it required a hand jam". The climbs can be more weird than hard and of course they are very run out AND with no simple anchors. Probably not the best beginner place in the park.

Great for free soloing -- and in fact many locals do after work.

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