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Moosedog Tower  

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Moosedog Tower Descent. Photo by Blitzo.


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.

Descend by heading towards the back of the tower, where there is a two-bolt rap anchor. After a short, fun, free-hanging rappel, you can descend the southwest gully to your left or scramble to your right towards the group camp area.

Getting There 

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).

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.6 miles from here

13 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Moosedog Tower:
Tranquility   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   
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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Wandering Winnebago approximate line P1

Wandering Winnebago 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Moosedog Tower
This is one of the best routes on the formation, and certainly the route with the best name. Start at the same place as Direct South Face and climb up to the large roof. Traverse left under the roof, do an exposed move around the corner (crux), and climb up exposed rock to a belay. Continue to the top. Rappel off to descend...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Moosedog Tower. Photo by Blitzo,
Moosedog Tower. Photo by Blitzo,
Moosedog Tower - SW Face
BETA PHOTO: Moosedog Tower - SW Face
Moosedog Tower. Photo by Blitzo.
Moosedog Tower. Photo by Blitzo.
Moosedog Tower from the road, a very short approac...
BETA PHOTO: Moosedog Tower from the road, a very short approac...
rappel off moosedog tower
rappel off moosedog tower
Turning the roof on Moosedog Tower
Turning the roof on Moosedog Tower
Agina Sedler atop Moosedog Tower near the rap chai...
Agina Sedler atop Moosedog Tower near the rap chai...
Moosedog Tower Beta photo from the classic 1979 ed...
BETA PHOTO: Moosedog Tower Beta photo from the classic 1979 ed...

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By M.Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Jan 3, 2003
Approach through family site 82.
By shelby beardslee
From: 29 Palms, CA
Mar 17, 2013
Moosedog Tower is closed to June 15, 2013

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