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This area is comprised of three seperate areas - the Gunsmoke Area, the Indian Wave Boulders and Alisters Cave - which all have different approaches and markedly different feels.
For problems in the Gunsmoke area - park in the large paved lot and hike in along the old road which turns into a trail. Make a sharp left midway along a worn trail, pass a short rocky section, go a bit further and turn right to enter a broad open valley - the Gunsmoke traverse will soon be visible at about one o'clock (slightly to the right). Plan on a 10 minute hike from the car.
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Gunsmoke V3 6A CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Gunsmoke Wall
Classic. Like Yosemite's Midnight Lightning, Hueco Tank's Ghetto Simulator or Boulder's Monkey Traverse, Gunsmoke requires little introduction.The Gunsmoke Traverse is L-shaped and is usually done from left to right. Start as far left as possible, move right along the wall for about 50' past 2 crux sections, turn the corner (third crux), and continue another 35' along rails to a final bulge. If your guns aren't too smoked, reverse your moves back to the start. GUNSMOKE IS LIKELY THE SINGLE M...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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