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Summary

Mostly traditional climbing on highly adhesive granite (monozite) of varying inclination in a breathtaking environment. Most access is flat and short which makes it a very popular climbing spot.

Description

Joshua Tree National Park is mostly considered a trad climbing area but there is a significant amount of sport routes and boulders as well. The highly adhesive granite is full of cracks and other features and is often of excellent quality, sometimes a bit brittle. Be prepared to bring some gear even for some of the sport routes. Some of the trad routes are mixed (have individual bolts) or have bolted anchors, make sure to check before you climb.

Approach

Joshua Tree National park is about 220km (140 miles) from Los Angeles. Highway 10 and route 62 bring you to the park entrance, from there it is a short drive to most climbing areas.

Where to stay

You can either camp on one of the many campsites of the park or stay at a motel in 29 Palms, Joshua Tree or Yucca Valley.

Ethic

Be aware that you are climbing and staying in a National Park. Certain rules apply for climbers regarding climbing and camping, please make sure to get the latest rules once you enter the park.

History

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The endless shapes and angles of Joshua Tree began capturing the imagination of climbers as early as in the 1950's.

Areas

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Name
Style
Routes
Ticks
Height
Grades
 Trad climbing,  Bouldering and other styles
258
365
43ft
2
399
570
56ft
2
 Rock climbing,  Trad climbing and other styles
501
838
72ft
18
 Rock climbing,  Trad climbing and other styles
300
648
66ft
12
179
231
56ft
3
 Trad climbing,  Rock climbing and other styles
284
949
82ft
19
 Rock climbing,  Trad climbing and other styles
111
79
59ft
2
365
512
270ft
9
Oz Area Crag
64
7
98ft

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