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Joshua Tree National Park

  • Grade context: US
  • Photos: 120
  • Ascents: 6,716
  • Aka: Joshua Tree
  • Aka: Joshua Tree National Monument

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Summary

Mostly traditional climbing on highly adhesive monzonite 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.

(additional info rock type Quartz Mononite: https://www.thecrag.com/climbing/test-area/area/1278538767)

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

History timeline chart

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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Style
Routes
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Height
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 Trad climbing,  Bouldering and other styles
274
428
43ft
2
 Rock climbing,  Trad climbing and other styles
277
101
72ft
3
 Rock climbing,  Trad climbing and other styles
412
685
82ft
6
 Rock climbing,  Trad climbing and other styles
502
980
69ft
18
 Rock climbing,  Trad climbing and other styles
311
762
56ft
15
 Rock climbing,  Bouldering and other styles
128
86
43ft
3
 Rock climbing,  Bouldering and other styles
203
310
36ft
9
 Trad climbing,  Rock climbing and other styles
287
1,127
72ft
23
 Rock climbing,  Trad climbing and other styles
299
692
69ft
 Rock climbing,  Trad climbing and other styles
112
107
46ft
2
 Rock climbing,  Trad climbing and other styles
72
65
16ft
1
Semi-Precious Area boulder field
4
4
13ft
 Rock climbing,  Trad climbing and other styles
398
640
56ft
16
 Rock climbing,  Trad climbing and other styles
44
84
 Rock climbing,  Trad climbing and other styles
87
86
59ft

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