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Elevation: 4,300'
Location: 33.9885, -116.1551 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: M.Morley on Mar 5, 2004
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Climbers atop Headstone Rock, Joshua Tree NP

Description 

Ryan Campground provides a nice alternative to those wishing to escape the HVCG "scene". The campsites are situated around a large central formation known as The Manure Pile, which, despite its size, has relatively few routes. The main attraction of Ryan is Headstone Rock, which lies just east of the campground. This 50' rock phallus is home of two super classic moderates - the airy SW Corner (5.6) and the steep, well-protected Cryptic (5.8). In addition, the area has some good bouldering. Slightly Ahead of Our Time, freeclimbed by Kevin Powell and Darrel Hensel in 1976, is the first reported 5.12 in the Park.


Getting There 

At an elevation of 4,300 feet, Ryan Campground lies 2.3 miles further down the road from Hidden Valley Campground, just past Cap Rock and the turnoff to Key's View. There are 31 sites. Camping is $5 per site per night. There is no water available.

Climbing Season



Weather station 11.5 miles from here

22 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',3],['5.7',4],['5.8',2],['5.9',4],['5.10',4],['5.11',0],['5.12',4],['5.13',1],['>=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 Ryan Campground:
Barely Crankin'   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Manure Pile
SW Corner   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Headstone Rock
Cryptic   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Headstone Rock
South Face Center   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Headstone Rock
Headmaster   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Headstone Rock
The Cutting Edge   5.13+ 8b 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Headstone Rock
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Loving the exposure on the SW Corner

SW Corner 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Headstone Rock
Awesome setting, great summit, big air underneath you. This is a great climb. It's popular, and there's often a line, but it's still well worth doing. Ss soon as you hit the corner past the second bolt, it's like there's no one else around but you and a hundred feet of air. The crux is negotiating your way over a small bulge above the second bolt -- the holds are there and bomber, though, so fire away!! This is one climb that I intend to come back and do again, many times.For excellent phot...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Classic Headstone shot
Classic Headstone shot
The moon and Venus from Ryan campground
The moon and Venus from Ryan campground
Another stunning view of Joshua Tree
Another stunning view of Joshua Tree
Historic graffiti captioned: "Huntin' Willie ...
Historic graffiti captioned: "Huntin' Willie ...
View from Ryan Mountain. Photo by Blitzo.
View from Ryan Mountain. Photo by Blitzo.
Beautiful night in Ryan.
Beautiful night in Ryan.
Looking north from Ryan Campground, Joshua Tree NP
Looking north from Ryan Campground, Joshua Tree NP
Ryan Campground sits in a high vallel down below R...
BETA PHOTO: Ryan Campground sits in a high vallel down below R...
Ryan Campground
Ryan Campground
Late afternoon light at Ryan Campground, Joshua Tr...
Late afternoon light at Ryan Campground, Joshua Tr...
Ryan Campground
BETA PHOTO: Ryan Campground
Ryan Campground from the highway. Spring Break, 19...
Ryan Campground from the highway. Spring Break, 19...
Giant Nolinas near Ryan Campground. Photo by Blitz...
Giant Nolinas near Ryan Campground. Photo by Blitz...
Tentus Gigantisaurous
Tentus Gigantisaurous
Looking west from Ryan Campground, Joshua Tree NP
Looking west from Ryan Campground, Joshua Tree NP
Sunrise Joshua Tree style.
Sunrise Joshua Tree style.
Headstone Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Headstone Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
Ryan Campground
Ryan Campground
Ryan Campground area from Ryan Mountain. Photo by ...
Ryan Campground area from Ryan Mountain. Photo by ...
View of Ryan Campground from the top of Headstone ...
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Night time in Ryan Campground.
Night time in Ryan Campground.
Campsite 7: pretty sweet place to spend a weekend
Campsite 7: pretty sweet place to spend a weekend

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