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Barker Dam Bouldering

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Alisters Cave 
Gunsmoke Area  
Indian Wave Boulders 

Barker Dam Bouldering 


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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.028, -116.1469 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: C Miller on Jan 31, 2008
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Description 

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.

The highly popular Gunsmoke Area is found north of the parking area in a large open valley that's not visible from where you park while the Indian Wave Boulders are slightly northeast of the parking area and Alisters Cave lies hidden amongst rocks on the far northwest side of the Gunsmoke Valley.


Getting There 

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.

For the Indian Wave Boulders head northeast from the parking lot to pick up a trail heading east to the boulders which lie scattered about the trail. Plan on a 5 minute hike to reach this area.

Alisters Cave is approached as for Gunsmoke but you'll continue past it and head northwest towards an obvious orange corner (Rockwork Orange). See the area description for more detailed approach information. Plan on 20-30 minutes for the approach.


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38 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Barker Dam Bouldering:
Piano Crack   V-easy 3     Boulder, 23'   Gunsmoke Area : Piano Rock
Native Arete   V0 4     Boulder, 12'   Indian Wave Boulders : Native Arete Boulder
Corner Problem   V0 4     Boulder, 15'   Gunsmoke Area : Gunsmoke Wall
Friction 101   V1 5     Boulder, 11'   Gunsmoke Area : Friction Slab
The Chube   V2 5+     Boulder, 15'   Gunsmoke Area : Chube Boulder
Gunsmoke   V3 6A     Boulder, 80'   Gunsmoke Area : Gunsmoke Wall
High Noon   V5 6C     Boulder, 16'   Gunsmoke Area : Gunsmoke Wall
Secret Samurai   V6 7A PG13     Boulder, 12'   Gunsmoke Area : Ninja Boulder
Streetcar Named Desire   V6-7 7A+     Boulder, 13'   Gunsmoke Area : Streetcar Boulder
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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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