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Moosedog Tower is one of the high points in Indian Cove, and offers great views of the area, as well as some of the longer climbs in Indian Cove. The highlights are the climbs near the Direct South Face (5.9) (which turns a great roof!), including Wandering Winnebago (5.8+) and Third Time's a Charm (5.10b). Tranquility (5.6) is the easiest way up to the summit, but for the most part it's an awkward, unpleasant climb.
Moosedog is the last formation on your right as you head out towards the western end of the family campsite area. You have to wander through a campsite or two to get to the base of the south buttress, where Tranquility and Direct South Face begin. A number of other routes ascend the steeper southwest face in the gully to the left of the formation (which doubles as the descent gully).
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Moosedog Tower:
Wandering Winnebago 5.8+ Trad, 2 pitches, 160 feet
Direct South Face 5.9 Trad, 3 pitches, 200 feet
Third Time's a Charm 5.10b Trad, 2 pitches, 200 feet
Featured Route For Moosedog Tower
Tranquility 5.6 CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Moosedog Tower
Tranquility goes up the toe of the south buttess of Moosedog Tower and. At the alcove about 50 feet up, curve right around the overhang to the 1st "summit." Continue up slabby face climbing to the top of the formation.This climb gets one star only if you can't lead 5.8. Otherwise, skip this one and climb Direct South Face. Moosedog has a nice summit and a fun, free-hanging rappel descent, but this route is a fairly unpleasant way to get there. There are some nice moves off the ground, and t...[more] Browse More Classics in CA