Joshua Tree National Park Mostly Rock climbing4,413 routes in crag
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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