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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+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches, 160'
Direct South Face 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 3 pitches, 200'
Third Time's a Charm 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
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Moosecat 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Moosedog Tower
Friction-walk or lieback your way up the right-leaning ramp to the base of the the corner. Work your way up the slowly tapering 3" crack for 15' to the top. Short burly climb, but really fun. Crux is based on hand-size. If anyone knows the name to this one please correct it. I've been unable to locate any beta on this one....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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