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Rat Rock  

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Location: 34.031, -116.1466 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bo Johnston on Feb 5, 2005

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Rat Rock is mostly made up of trad routes with a couple good sport routes as well. With just a short hike from the new Barker Dam parking lot, it is just across the dam as you walk the nature trail. Hosting at least 14 routes, there is anything from easy to moderate climbing on sun soaked stone with wonderful views of the dam and park area surounding it. Some crusty stone can be found on the less traveled routes but rock quality is fine all around. For a tour of this rock, climbing up from the dam on Rat Ledge (5.8) and then over the top to a short but fun single bolt line of Damm Dike (5.7) to set a toprope (or drop down for inspired trad lead) on a beautiful right-facing dihedral of The Way it Should Be (5.10a). Finally a couple of wild, moderate sport routes can be found with a shared two bolt anchor, just down the rock from The Way it Should Be to finish off the visit. Fun stuff...

Getting There 

Park at the new Barker Dam parking lot and hit the nature trail toward Barker Dam. Once at the dam, the routes can be reached either by crossing the dam itself (don't fall in...) or by skirting the water around to the east, along the base of Lakeside Rock.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.7 miles from here

7 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Rat Rock:
Bad Lizards   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Featured Route For Rat Rock
Sustained climbing above Barker Dam.

Rat Ledge 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Rat Rock
Cross Barker Dam; drop off the left (west) side and proceed for about a hundred feet around the formation and up a slab to an upward and left sweeping crack system just to the right of "Bad Lizards". Climb the crack to a horizontal ledge. Traverse left and surmount it. Continue up a crack on your left to the top. No rap anchors. Go left (north) to downclimb....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Gorgeous day
Gorgeous day
Rat Rock, Joshua Tree NP
Rat Rock, Joshua Tree NP
Rat Rock and dam approach. Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: Rat Rock and dam approach. Photo by Blitzo.
Rat Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Rat Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Rat Rock, Joshua Tree NP
Rat Rock, Joshua Tree NP

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By Bo Johnston
Feb 11, 2005
Does anyone have info on Bad Lizards?? Is it bolted etc... I've looked out on that face and could never see an obvious line for it.
By C Miller
Feb 11, 2005
Bad Lizards (5.10a) is a decent friction route that's all bolted and safe. The climbs starts on the west side of the dam on a slabby apron of rock and then higher up takes a headwall (crux) to finish at anchors on the summit of Rat Rock. Descend down and left as per Rat Ledge.
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