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Morbid Mound  


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Elevation: 3,200'
Location: 34.0963, -116.1522 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Brian Reynolds on Jun 27, 2002
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Description 

Crappy choss-pile out in the middle of the desert (north of the Indian Cove family camps and east of the group camps). Morbid is small (20-30 feet tall), grainy, and crumbly and, while there are a decent number of climbs, none of them are much to write home about. Neither Vogel nor Bartlett has much good to say about this rock, and it deserves its reputation.

Despite all of this, it is inexplicably popular with large TR groups -- park the van and unload the kids out to Morbid Mound. Fine, that's one less crowd on the better climbs.

Getting There 

Morbid Mound is located several hundred yards north of Short Wall (or, alternatively, a couple hundred yards east of the intersection of Indian Cove Road and the group camp road). Easiest approach is probably to pull over onto the side of the Indian Cove Road near the group camp area and head east.

A better idea would be to skip this one and climb something else.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.0 miles from here

16 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',6],['5.7',2],['5.8',3],['5.9',2],['5.10',2],['5.11',1],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Morbid Mound:
Flies on the Wound   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Featured Route For Morbid Mound
P girl leadin' Flies...  Standard rack, emphasis on small to medium-ish cams.  Get yer guns loaded and send!

Flies on the Wound 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Morbid Mound
The best line at Morbid Mound. The route starts in the middle of the south face, about 15' left of Hillside Strangler, the prominent chimney. Gain steep vertical crack and patina plates with positive holds....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Morbid Mound. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Morbid Mound.
Photo by Blitzo.
Fly in the Ointment
BETA PHOTO: Fly in the Ointment
Morbid Mound, Joshua Tree NP
Morbid Mound, Joshua Tree NP
Morbid Mound, Joshua Tree NP  <br />
Morbid Mound, Joshua Tree NP
Roadrunner on top of Morbid Mound. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Roadrunner on top of Morbid Mound.
Photo by Blitzo...

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By Locker
From: Yucca Valley, CA
Aug 22, 2003
There are some good, fun, short routes that are worth going at it if you don't mind the short hike. Also some good soloing.
By Locker
From: Yucca Valley, CA
Nov 27, 2004
Right at the base of Disapearing Belayer in the crack is a rather large bee hive. They appear to be regular old bees because when disturbed, they do not go full bore on your exposed areas. But to be on the safe side, don't disturb them and for sure if they fly around your head and such, don't panic................chances are, they'll leave you alone.....
By Blitzo
Sep 29, 2006
A fun place for easy soloing. Watch out for bees!
By Brian in SLC
Jan 4, 2010
Fun routes for the grade, short approach, nice location, warm on a sunny cold day, with pretty ok rock. Added bonus is there's no road traffic. Good little place to take a few folks for some mellow, easier climbs.
By Mary Moser
Jan 31, 2011
It's kind of funny how the initial description makes Morbid Mound sound so much more morbid than it is. Especially since those who have climbed here have given the routes some stars. Just a silly observation!