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Elevation: 4,300'
Location: 33.9885, -116.1551 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, Adam Stackhouse, M.Morley, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
Submitted By: M.Morley on Mar 5, 2004
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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.


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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+ MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   The Manure Pile
SW Corner   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Headstone Rock
Cryptic   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Headstone Rock
South Face Center   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     TR, 1 pitch, 40'   Headstone Rock
Headmaster   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     TR, 1 pitch, 50'   Headstone Rock
The Cutting Edge   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Headstone Rock
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Loving the exposure on the SW Corner

SW Corner 5.6 4c 14 V 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
Another stunning view of Joshua Tree
Another stunning view of Joshua Tree
The moon and Venus from Ryan campground
The moon and Venus from Ryan campground
Historic graffiti captioned: "Huntin' Willie Boy 1909"
Historic graffiti captioned: "Huntin' Willie Boy 1...
View from Ryan Mountain. <br />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
Night time in Ryan Campground.
Night time in Ryan Campground.
Ryan Campground
Ryan Campground
Late afternoon light at Ryan Campground, Joshua Tree NP
Late afternoon light at Ryan Campground, Joshua Tr...
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Ryan Campground sits in a high vallel down below Ryan Mountain, left. The campsites are concentraded around the small rock islands just right of center in this image. Photo by Bubb, 1/06.
BETA PHOTO: Ryan Campground sits in a high vallel down below R...
View of Ryan Campground from the top of Headstone Rock
BETA PHOTO: View of Ryan Campground from the top of Headstone ...
Tentus Gigantisaurous
Tentus Gigantisaurous
Headstone Rock. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Headstone Rock.
Photo by Blitzo.
Sunrise Joshua Tree style.
Sunrise Joshua Tree style.
Giant Nolinas near Ryan Campground. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Giant Nolinas near Ryan Campground.
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Ryan Campground area from Ryan Mountain. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Ryan Campground area from Ryan Mountain.
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Ryan Campground
Ryan Campground
Looking west from Ryan Campground, Joshua Tree NP
Looking west from Ryan Campground, Joshua Tree NP
Ryan Campground from the highway. Spring Break, 1985.
Ryan Campground from the highway. Spring Break, 19...
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