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Oyster Bar Area 

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Bighorn Sheep near the Oyster Bar, Joshua Tree NP


This small area just east of Ryan Campground is home to a good collection of crack and face routes on variable quality rock. Approaches are fairly easy and yet often enought to escape the crowds closer to the road.

Getting There 

Park in a large paved turnout midway between Ryan Campground and Hall of Horrors/Saddle Rocks. A signed trail leads to Target Rock and then branches - right for Conrad Rock and straight ahead for The Oyster Bar, Agent Orange Rock and The Asylum. Approach times vary from 10 - 20 minutes from the closest parking area.

48 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',27],['Bomb',2]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Oyster Bar Area:
Body Stem   5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Conrad Rock : Conrad Rock - Heart of Dark...
Shock Therapy   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   The Asylum : Split Personality Rock
Heart of Darkness   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Conrad Rock : Conrad Rock - Heart of Dark...
The Oyster Bar   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Oyster Bar
Iron Curtain   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Agent Orange Rock
Split Personality   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Asylum : Split Personality Rock
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Dan Goshall near the crux of Split Personality (5.11d).

Split Personality 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Split Personality Rock
Visible from the parking area, this distinctive arete is perhaps the best route in The Asylum and fully worth the short hike to access it.The lower section is a balancy, sharp arete which gives way to an easier middle section. The crux comes at the very end with small edges on excellent rock, and while possible to "escape" left and make this a little easier, the better rock and moves lie straight up. Great rock, excellent position and engaging technical moves make this a stellar route. Four star...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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