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By mikehilbert
From Tucson, AZ
Nov 18, 2013
steve's arete 5.11

I've never been but heard it's the spot to be in winter. Have I been misinformed? Will it be too cold? I am from So Arizona so...

Also, will it be to crowded? Those are my two concerns...temps and other tents.


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By FrankPS
From Atascadero, CA
Nov 19, 2013

Mike, although JT is a winter climbing destination, it can get too cold, so you need to look at the forecast within a seven-day window.

The holidays are crowded. Since you can't make reservations for the campsites, it will be hit or miss. If you get there before the holiday by a couple of days, your chances are better. Your chances are also better if you look outside of Hidden Valley.

Edit: Check out this website for helpful info:

www.squidoo.com/firt-timers-guide-to-joshua-tree


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By everbrad
From Inland Empire, CA
Nov 21, 2013

it will either be beautiful or cold as balls, all depends on the winds. i've experienced tshirt conditions over new years and cold, windy, "isn't it almost june?" conditions over memorial day in the same year. accuweather.com predicts up to month and a half in advance but take any forecast you get for what's it worth. jtree weather can change almost as often as a woman changes her mind. just bring some alcohol and hope you get lucky!

. . . second to Frank on camping inside the park but there is easy access camping just outside the west entrance.


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By clint helander
From anchorage, alaska
Nov 22, 2013
Sleeping on top of Washington column after climbing the Prow. Yosemite.

A rowdy group of Alaskans will be making our way down there for the third year in a row. I'll arrive on the 19th of december and be there until January 10.

two years ago it was 72 degrees every day for our ten day stay. Last year was more blustery, with a day of snow, but still plenty of days were spent climbing in t-shirts.

We brought in a shit ton of firewood (like two cords) and had bonfires for weeks. That's the way to do it since nights are still cold no matter what.

Stop on by our sites, you won't be able to miss us.


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