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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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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Barker Dam Area:
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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Rockwork Orange 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Rockworks Rock
This route is totally awesome in its difficulty. It is a stunning line, the most impressive on the whole east face of this rock. Start by bouldering up directly under the bolt, some long reaches required through the grainy rock here. After clipping the bolt, do a very tricky mantle (feels like V4) and then move left to sloping ledge. Once you get into the overhanging corner, place some gear and try stemming your way to the top. Mantling out is easy. The crux is starting the stemming, may be easi...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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