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High Desert 


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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 34.6663, -116.9784 View Map  Incorrect?
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Face in The High Desert.
Photo by Blitzo.

Description 

This is the large region of southeastern California. There are several places with climbable rock. The area is vast and places can be remote. The desert is a harsh place; bring lots of water and an adventurous spirit. Areas of interest are: Apple Valley Crags, Granite Pass, Sawtooth Canyon (aka New Jack City) and Teutonia Peak.


Getting There 

Most areas are accessed from Interstate 15.


577 Total Routes


['4 Stars',23],['3 Stars',149],['2 Stars',227],['1 Star',136],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',23],['5.7',31],['5.8',46],['5.9',57],['5.10',134],['5.11',111],['5.12',50],['5.13',14],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',49],['V2-3',39],['V4-5',15],['V6-7',5],['V8-9',2],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for High Desert:
Cool Enough   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Box Canyon East : Boy Scout Wall
Route 66   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Raven Rocks : Raven Rocks South
Overhanger   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   South area : VD (Very Direct) Wall
Reaching Rayane   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Box Canyon East : Boy Scout Wall
Three Giant Steps   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Box Canyon East : Boy Scout Wall
Welcome to NJC   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Raven Rocks : Raven Rocks West (Warm-up W...
Holey Moley   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Raven Rocks : Raven Rocks North Face "Pow...
Necessary Evil   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Cemetery : Evil Pillar
Circus   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   BMX Crags : Carousel Rock
Espresso   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Raven Rocks : Raven Rocks North Face "Pow...
Lower Bolt Route   5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   South area : VD (Very Direct) Wall
The Scene Is Not For Sale   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Box Canyon East : Crossfire Crag
Fantasia   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   Box Canyon East : Fantasy Island
Crucified   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Box Canyon East : Crucified Crag
The Minute Men Arete   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Box Canyon East : Fantasy Island
Crossfire   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Box Canyon East : Crossfire Crag
Freakshow   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Box Canyon East : Fairway
Double Kneebar Ranch   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Box Canyon East : Crossfire Crag
Lethal Weapon   5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport   Box Canyon East : Lethal Rock
The Travesty   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   Box Canyon West : Arch Rocks
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Chris on The Travesty.

The Travesty 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c  CA : High Desert : ... : Arch Rocks
Steep climbing. Start inside the arch and climb the arch. Monos, long reaches, slaps, underclings, kneebars, powerfull and pumpy. Great route though short....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Desert storm.  <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Desert storm.
Photo by Blitzo.
High Desert Sunset. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
High Desert Sunset.
Photo by Blitzo.
Desert moon. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Desert moon.
Photo by Blitzo.
Kelso Dunes, Mojave National Preserve. March 2008
Kelso Dunes, Mojave National Preserve. March 2008
Desert Lightning. <br />Photo by Blitzo. <br />
Desert Lightning.
Photo by Blitzo.
Boulder-Granite Mountains. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Boulder-Granite Mountains.
Photo by Blitzo.
Tarantula Wasp. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Tarantula Wasp.
Photo by Blitzo.
Soda Lake, Devil's Playground and Granite Mountains
Soda Lake, Devil's Playground and Granite Mountain...
Goldstone Mars Station 70m dish.
Goldstone Mars Station 70m dish.
Desert Wash. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Wash.
Photo by Blitzo.
Apollo Valley - 3x 34m Beam Wave Guide antennas.
Apollo Valley - 3x 34m Beam Wave Guide antennas.
Desert Chicory. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Chicory.
Photo by Blitzo.
Somewhere in the High Desert. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Somewhere in the High Desert.
Photo by Blitzo.
Rainbow near Amboy. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Rainbow near Amboy.
Photo by Blitzo.
Bee on Bladderpod. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Bee on Bladderpod.
Photo by Blitzo.
Death Valley Phacelia. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Death Valley Phacelia.
Photo by Blitzo.
Desert sunset. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Desert sunset.
Photo by Blitzo.
Granite Mountains-storm. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Granite Mountains-storm.
Photo by Blitzo.
Sunset at Wagonwheel.
Sunset at Wagonwheel.
Climbing at Camp Rock area. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Climbing at Camp Rock area.
Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Five Spot. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Five Spot.
Photo by Blitzo.
The road to Margheritaville, High Desert
The road to Margheritaville, High Desert
Clark Mountain, Mojave National Preserve
Clark Mountain, Mojave National Preserve
Common Jack rabbit. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Common Jack rabbit.
Photo by Blitzo.
Granite Mountains. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Granite Mountains.
Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Mallow. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Mallow.
Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Lily. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Lily.
Photo by Blitzo.
High Desert boulders. <br />Pro to 3/4". <br />
High Desert boulders.
Pro to 3/4".
Rock at Camp Rock. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Rock at Camp Rock.
Photo by Blitzo.
Cactus flowers near Walking Box
Cactus flowers near Walking Box
Sunset at Margheritaville, High Desert
Sunset at Margheritaville, High Desert
Desert Gold Poppy. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Desert Gold Poppy.
Photo by Blitzo.
The road to riches.
The road to riches.
Mojave Desert. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Mojave Desert.
Photo by Blitzo.
Saddle Rocks, Margheritaville
Saddle Rocks, Margheritaville
Margaritaville. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Margaritaville.
Photo by Blitzo.
High Desert. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
High Desert.
Photo by Blitzo.
Bouldering at Wagonwheel.
Bouldering at Wagonwheel.
Early evening at Margheritaville, High Desert
Early evening at Margheritaville, High Desert
Alone in the desert. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Alone in the desert.
Photo by Blitzo.
Margaritaville. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Margaritaville.
Photo by Blitzo.
Climbing somewhere out there in the desert. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Climbing somewhere out there in the desert.
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Climbing at Ghost Rd. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Climbing at Ghost Rd.
Photo by Blitzo.
Another desert sunrise. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Another desert sunrise.
Photo by Blitzo.
Off. <br />Wagonwheel.
Off.
Wagonwheel.
Another climb, somewhere in the desert. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Another climb, somewhere in the desert.
Photo by B...
Horned Lizard. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Horned Lizard.
Photo by Blitzo.
High Desert scenery
High Desert scenery
Somewhere in the High Desert. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Somewhere in the High Desert.
Photo by Blitzo.
Mining relics in the New York Mountains, Mojave National Preserve
Mining relics in the New York Mountains, Mojave Na...
Margheritaville skyline, High Desert
Margheritaville skyline, High Desert
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By Chris Owen
Administrator
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Feb 14, 2008

TEASER:

Lots of virgin granite at the NASA Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex (20 miles west of Fort Irwin, north of Barstow). But you'll need a NASA pass to get there!

By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From: Vegas
Oct 31, 2010

We just spent some time out at Goldstone last week- My BF's father used to work there as an engineer back in the day, and arranged a nice tour for us. Cool place, incredible antennas, cool rock, and crags for the chosen ones for sure- Go NASA! Yay UFOs, woohoo aliens... climb on!

By Chris Owen
Administrator
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Nov 8, 2010

What's your boyfriend's father's name?

By andiran
Oct 21, 2012

Is there a High Desert sport climbs guidebook? Is anyone by any chance working on one?