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Willow Hole Area Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0691, -116.15406 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on May 12, 2015
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The Willow Hole Area is one of the more remote climbing spots in all of Joshua Tree and as such it is very likely to see many climbers due to the lengthy approach and rough terrain. Those who visit will experience a collection of superb routes in a wilderness setting. Keep in mind that this is a day-use only area to protect the wildlife that frequent the area, especially around the Willow Hole proper, so hike faster and bring a headlamp!

Getting There 

Standard North Wonderland approach past The Middle Kingdom and continue on until an old road is visible to the right (southeast) - this is about 100 meters before the Atom Smasher Area. Hike along the road as it turns into a wash for a ways until the Grey Giant comes into view. Continue on as the wash you are in makes a turn to the east (you will pass a huge boulder in the wash) and continue following the circuitous wash as it then makes another turn to the south and then back again to the north and finally east again where you will see the trees of Willow Hole proper. Pass along the southern edge of WH and pick up a trail on the east end of Willow Hole where a trail leads up over a rocky notch and the various formations in the area. Plan on 1 - 1.5 hours of hiking from the car if all goes well.

Climbing Season

For the Wonderland North area.

Weather station 7.1 miles from here

21 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Willow Hole Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Willow Hole Area:
The Great Unknown   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   The Super Dome
Bighorn Dihedral   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Suicide Horn Rock
The Dunce Cap   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   The Dunce Cap
The Last Unicorn   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R     Trad, 2 pitches, 230'   The Super Dome
Spirited Away   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 220'   The Dunce Cap
Hydra   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   The Super Block
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Featured Route For Willow Hole Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Me at the base

Bighorn Dihedral 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  California : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Suicide Horn Rock
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Rock Climbing Photo: Super Dome. Photo by Blitzo.
Super Dome. Photo by Blitzo.

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