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Castle Rock 


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Elevation: 3,800'
Location: 34.0016, -116.0202 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: Adam Stackhouse on Jan 28, 2010
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Description 

Castle Rock is the large oblong formation that Belle Campground is centered around. Multiple routes are to be found on it's north and south faces. Approaches are, as to be expected, quite casual and there exists a good mix of both crack and face climbing. The better routes are found on the north side as that is where the better rock is found. There are a few other routes scattered about in the vicinity.


Getting There 

Belle Campground is located 1.4 miles South of the Pinto Wye (this is the intersection where the road splits off to either 29 Palms or Jumbo Rocks Campground). Belle Campground is easily identified by either the road sign (!) or the obvious large rock formation (Castle Rock).


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24 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',12],['1 Star',9],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',8],['5.7',1],['5.8',2],['5.9',5],['5.10',5],['5.11',2],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Castle Rock:
Diagnostics   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Castle Rock - North Side
Belly Flop   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Castle Rock - South Side
Count Dracula   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Castle Rock - North Side
That Old Soft Shoe   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Castle Rock - North Side
Bella Lugosi   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Castle Rock - North Side
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Featured Route For Castle Rock
Richard Shore leading That Old Soft Shoe 5.10d. Photo: Rob Beno

That Old Soft Shoe 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Castle Rock - North Side
In the center of the Northwest face there are two slanting chimney/cracks that join at the top forming a sort of inverted vee. This climb lies roughly 25' left of the left chimney/crack and climbs a section of smooth face protected by six bolts [4 of which were replaced 4/00 - ed.].Due to it's well protected nature and and quality stone this is a popular climb of this area, one that should not be missed....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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