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The Barker Dam Day Use Area provides access for a handful of good routes; however, they tend to be spread out amongst several rock formations. If you can find it, the Room To Shroom Area has the phenomenal namesake splitter crack plus the less known but excellent Chemical Warfare. Probably the most popular area here is not a route at all, but rather the famous Gunsmoke - a strenuous and long bouldering traverse.
Walk, bike, or drive to the Barker Dam Day Use Area, 1.5 miles NE of Hidden Valley Campground along paved road. Most of the routes are approached via the Barker Dam Loop Trail.
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An Eye for an Eye And a Route for a Route 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 80' Lakeside Rock : Lakeside Rock - West Face
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More Monkey than Funky 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : More Funky than Monkey Rock
This is a simply spectacular route. A 3rd class slab leads directly to the roof. 15' or slightly more of sinker horizontal hand jamming (assuming average sized men's hands) lead to desperate super tight hands jamming around the lip. Once above the lip a tricky though not terribly difficult move or two and a last thin piece of gear are best dispatched before the pump clock catches up with you! Best led with one rope - clip your first piece or two with slings and don't blow it. At the lip place a ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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