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Cottage Cheese T 
Cow Pie Corner T 
Cowabunga T 
Hollywood And Bovine S 
Milkman (aka Reach For A Peach) T 
One Bolt Jolt T 
Prime Real Estate S 
Super Quickie T 
Udder Chaos S 
Upper Cow T 

Upper Cow Rock Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Randy on Apr 26, 2003


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Upper and Lower Cow Rocks. Photo by Blitzo.


This east facing formation lies north of Real Hidden Valley, above the wash that begins near the apex of the Real Hidden Valley Nature Trail. It has several fun trad and sport routes that are isolated, but not too long of a walk to reach. Early morning sun, shady in the afternoon. Best on warmer days.

Routes include: Cowabunga, (5.10c), Hollywood and Bovine, (5.10d), Udder Chaos, (5.10c), Upper Cow, (5.10a), Milkman (aka Reach For A Peach), (5.10a), Cottage Cheese, (5.9), Cow Pie Corner, (5.6), One Bolt Jolt, (5.11a), and Super Quickie (5.12a).

Getting There 

Either park at the Real Hidden Valley parking area, and take the nature trail into Real Hidden Valley. Here the trail forks; go left and follow the nature trail north and then east for about 400+ yards, to its apex (near the Brown Wall). Turn left (north)into the wash and follow the wash north for about 150 yards. The cliffs will be seen on your right (west) high on the hillside.

Climbing Season

For the Real Hidden Valley area.

Weather station 10.4 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Upper Cow Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Upper Cow Rock:
Prime Real Estate   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For Upper Cow Rock
Rock Climbing Photo: Shot of first ascent. Photo by Greg Epperson

Prime Real Estate 5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Upper Cow Rock
Climbs a steep reddish brown piece of highly featured rock to the crux move at a less than vertical minimally featured slab top-out. Unlike most Josh sport climbs, this route does not depend on the integrity of broken off patina edges for its survival. Morning sun, shade rest of day....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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Rock Climbing Photo: Upper Cow Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
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