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Headstone is one of the true classic locations at JTree, and home to two of the parks most popular moderate routes: SW Corner (5.6 ***) and Cryptic (5.8 ***). Although the SW Corner offers spectacular exposure (due to the positioning of the rock), both routes are well bolted by JTree standards. In addition to these two routes, the South Face Center goes at 5.9, and there are some bolted 5.reallyhard sport climbs on the blank, overhanging north face of the rock as well.
Park on the east side of the Ryan Campground Loop, next to the bathroom. From there it's an easy 100 yard plus 2 minutes of 3rd class approach (past some kind bouldering, by the way).
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Headstone Rock:
SW Corner 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Cryptic 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
South Face Center 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Headmaster 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b TR, 1 pitch, 50'
The Cutting Edge 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
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SW Corner 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Headstone Rock
Awesome setting, great summit, big air underneath you. This is a great climb. It's popular, and there's often a line, but it's still well worth doing. Ss soon as you hit the corner past the second bolt, it's like there's no one else around but you and a hundred feet of air. The crux is negotiating your way over a small bulge above the second bolt -- the holds are there and bomber, though, so fire away!! This is one climb that I intend to come back and do again, many times.For excellent phot...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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