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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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Father Figure 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Lakeside Rock - East Face
To approach this route, walk past the right end of the west face and up slabs and boulders to reach the southern end of the formation.This is a classic Joshua Tree sport route - short, but with demanding and unusual moves. Make your way up a steep wall past several horizontals and a lower crux (5.11+) to the top where you will encounter a somewhat reachy crux. Shorter climbers may find the crux (and the route) to be harder than the rating indicates.To the left of this is Patracide, a decent ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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