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Echo Cove - South Side

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Big Moe T 
Bigger Moe TR 
Boulder Dash T 
Bucket Brigade T 
Curly  S 
Death On The Nile T 
Deceptive Corner T 
Ground Up or Shut Up (aka Poppycock) S 
Larry (aka Out To Lunch) S 
Little Moe T 
Moetown T 
Ocean of Night (aka Out to Grunge) T 
Undercover T 

Echo Cove - South Side  


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Submitted By: Randy on Jan 22, 2003
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BETA PHOTO: Echo Cove South Side.
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Description 

Echo Cove is one of the most popular climbing spots in the Park. It has: easy access, flat bases, good, short moderate and moderately difficult routes.

The southern side of the main "Cove" features featured vertical and slightly overhanging rock. It is shady most of the day (particularly in winter when the sun is low in the sky). Routes are easily top-roped; though most can be lead.

Most popular routes here are Deceptive Corner (5.7*); Boulder Dash (5.9*); and Big Moe (5.11a/b***).

Routes from left to right -

Scott's TR (5.11c TR)
Y5K (5.10b TR)
Marta's Matzah Balls (5.8)
Old Nut (5.8 R)
Bucket Brigade (5.7)
Big Easy (5.9)
Ocean of Night (aka Out to Grunge) (5.10c)
Death On The Nile (5.10a)
Undercover (5.10a)
Jewel of the Nile (5.11b TR)
Deceptive Corner (5.7)
Moetown (5.12a)
Little Moe (5.11a)
Ground Up or Shut Up (aka Poppycock) (5.11b)
Boulder Dash (5.9)
Bullocks (5.10d TR)
Big Moe (5.11a)
Bigger Moe
Curly (5.11a)
Curly (5.11a)
Out to Lunge (5.10d R)

Getting There 

From the Quail Springs Road-Big Horn Pass Road (Barker Dam Road) intersection, drive east on Big Horn Pass Road for 0.6+ miles. Turn left at the gravel road signed "Key's Ranch-Wonderland of Rocks." Continue straight (onto a dirt road) for about 0.25 mile (past the large parking lot turnoff). A small fence lot will be found on the right at the "mouth" of the Cove. If full, park about 150 yards back at a larger fenced lot.


Climbing Season



Weather station 9.5 miles from here

13 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',2],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',3],['5.11',5],['5.12',2],['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 Echo Cove - South Side:
Boulder Dash   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Death On The Nile   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Undercover   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Ocean of Night (aka Out to Grunge)   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Big Moe   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Curly    5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Ground Up or Shut Up (aka Poppycock)   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Echo Cove - South Side
Gary, after the "Big Moe."

Big Moe 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Echo Cove - South Side
This excellent route is located on your right (south) as you walk into the Cove from the parking area. It takes a fairly direct line about 25 feet right of the large right-facing dihedral on the upper portion of the wall (Boulder Dash, 5.9*). The climb name is "short" for big dynamo or "mo", the technique used by the first ascent party to solve the crux move down low. Though this move is now commonly done statically, shorter people often "pop" for the huge hand hold. Great climbing ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Echo Cove - South Side Slideshow Add Photo
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Boulder Dash (let) to Out To Lunge (right). Copyright 2003, by Randy V.
BETA PHOTO: Boulder Dash (let) to Out To Lunge (right). Copyri...
Echo Cove, featuring Big Moe
Echo Cove, featuring Big Moe

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