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Turtle Rock Circuit Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.01102, -116.16606 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Justin Johnsen, Salamanizer suchoski, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Oct 18, 2007
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Description 

The Turtle Rock circuit is extensive and home to over 50 quality problems ranging from V-easy to V11 with most being in the V5 and under range. There's something for everyone here with desperate slabs, steep edges, scary highballs and even some run and jump problems.

Some of the better problems here include Turtle Face, Left (V0), Classic Curl (V0+), Act of Contrition (V0+ R), Morning Glory (V1+), Turtle Face Center (V2), Block Party (V3), Digitalis Destructi (V4 R), So High (V5 R) and the sit to So High (V11).

Getting There 

Park in the large lot outside the entrance to Real Hidden Valley or closer to Turtle Rock depending upon how crowded it is and then walk around the west end of Turtle Rock to reach the main area. Expect a level 5-10 minute walk from the car.

Climbing Season



Weather station 10.5 miles from here

40 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',14],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',23],['V2-3',5],['V4-5',3],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',1],['V10-11',1],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Turtle Rock Circuit

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Turtle Rock Circuit:
Northwest Arete   V-easy 3     Boulder, 20'   Wedge Boulder
Right Arete   V0- 4-     Boulder, 18'   Wedge Boulder
Placebo   V0 4     Boulder, 15'   Wedge Boulder
Turtle Face, Left   V0+ 4+     Boulder, 20'   Wedge Boulder
Act of Contrition   V0+ 4+ R     Boulder, 20'    Broken Egg
Classic Curl   V0+ 4+     Boulder, 20'   Black Velvet Boulder
Turnbuckle   V1 5     Boulder, 12'   Turnbuckle Rock
Morning Glory   V1 5     Boulder, 20'    Wave Boulder
Turtle Face Center   V2 5+     Boulder, 20'   Wedge Boulder
Block Party   V2 5+     Boulder, 25'   Shipwreck Boulder
Fist Full of Walnuts   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Shipwreck Boulder
Shipwreck   V3 6A R     Boulder, 20'   Shipwreck Boulder
Black Velvet   V3 6A     Boulder, 20'   Black Velvet Boulder
So High   V5 6C R     Boulder, 40'   So High Boulder
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Featured Route For Turtle Rock Circuit
Rock Climbing Photo: Almost home free on Black Velvet.

Black Velvet V3 6A  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Black Velvet Boulder
Starts from the left via a mantle (harder) or from edges slightly right and then climbs the high-angled slab with thin, delicate and balancy moves off the deck. It's possible to use the arete on the right making this slightly easier but the pure line is straight up the slab. The easiest descent is to downclimb the southwest arete and then step off (or jump) onto the flat boulder adjacent to this boulder....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

Photos of Turtle Rock Circuit Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Emily Craft tuning her less than vert forte
Emily Craft tuning her less than vert forte
Rock Climbing Photo: Damon Corso getting So High (V5 R) above his spott...
Damon Corso getting So High (V5 R) above his spott...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bill Price bouldering at Turtle Rock Boulders. Pho...
Bill Price bouldering at Turtle Rock Boulders. Pho...
Rock Climbing Photo: Christina making the reach on Turnbuckle (V1), Jos...
Christina making the reach on Turnbuckle (V1), Jos...
Rock Climbing Photo: Fun mantles!
Fun mantles!
Rock Climbing Photo: Great spotting skills on Shipwreck (V3 R)
Great spotting skills on Shipwreck (V3 R)
Rock Climbing Photo: So High (V5 R), Joshua Tree NP
So High (V5 R), Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: Turtle Rock. Joshua Tree, CA. March 2005.
Turtle Rock. Joshua Tree, CA. March 2005.
Rock Climbing Photo: Turtle Rock Boulders. Photo by Blitzo.
Turtle Rock Boulders. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Tiki Man eyes Turtle Rock, JTNP.
Tiki Man eyes Turtle Rock, JTNP.

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