The Echo Rock Area sees a lot of climber-days. This is not only because it's right there next to Hidden Valley, but because it has a lot of good climbing! It features a number of moderate and classic lines, but it also provides easy access (read: short approaches). A good assortment of face and crack climbs make this one of the most popular areas in the park. Although there is a singular Echo Rock, the entire area, made up of several formations and granite corridors, is usually referred to by the same name. Very much worth a visit!
The Echo Rock Area lies just northeast of the Hidden Valley Campground (Intersection Rock) area. There should be parking available next to the westernmost Echo formation. There have been problems in this area with braided trails. Please try to stick to designated (signed) climbers trails to mitigate this damage!
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Echo Rock Area:
ZZZZZ 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad, 1 pitch, 80' Little Hunk - NE Face : Little Hunk - NE Face (Righ...
Pope's Crack, Direct Finish 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 130' Echo Rock : Echo Rock - South Face
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ZZZZZ Direct Start 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Little Hunk - NE Face (Righ...
This is a 2-bolt direct start to ZZZZZ. Begin about 30 feet right of the normal start and climb up to and onto a dike (5.9), then tiptoe left to join ZZZZZ. This start adds some quality moves to the pitch. I'd give ZZZZZ an extra star with the direct start (four stars instead of three).Be forewarned that the direct start does not lesson the runnouts of the original route. Even though the direct start is well-protected, you still have to climb the runnout up to ZZZZZ's original first bolt (5.7 R)...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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