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Stirrup Tank  

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Elevation: 3,500'
Location: 33.9605, -116.0187 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: C Miller on Jan 28, 2003
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Silver cholla and The Stirrup. Photo by Blitzo.


Stirrup Tank is located just down the road from Belle and White Tank Campgrounds and is a nice area to escape the crowds and confusion of Hidden Valley and the western part of the Park.

The rock quality ranges from horrible to good with most being your standard variety ball-bearing surface which if it saw some traffic would clean up - but that's a big if. Cracks here tend to be somewhat harsh and face climbs can unnerve those unfamiliar with the constantly changing medium; exceptions do exist thankfully.

While in this part of the Park explore a little and take the scenic drive down into the Pinto Basin and check out some of the sights like the Cholla Gardens, Smoke Tree Wash and Ocotillo Patch.

Getting There 

Stirrup Tank is accessed by a dirt road that starts 0.5 miles south of White Tank Campground on the west side of the Pinto Basin Road. Drive the dirt road 1.5 miles to the end at a parking loop just north of the Stirrup Towers.

Climbing Season

Weather station 12.1 miles from here

116 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',13],['2 Stars',44],['1 Star',51],['Bomb',4]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Stirrup Tank:
Buckeye   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   Bronto Rock
Gargoyle   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Zippy Rock
Jugular Vein   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Stirrup Rock : Stirrup Rock - North Face
The GBM   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Graham's Playpen
Dancin' Daze   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Stirrup Rock : Stirrup Rock - South Face
Bublinki   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Stirrup Towers
Carlos Danger   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Stirrup Rock : Stirrup Rock - South Face
Grahambo    5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Graham's Playpen
Peter Eater Pumpkin Eater   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Stirrup Rock : Stirrup Rock - South Face
The Black Stallion   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Zippy Rock
Freckle Face   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Stirrup Rock : Stirrup Rock - North Face
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Featured Route For Stirrup Tank
Nathletic Endeavor

Nathletic Endeavor 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Natural Light Wall
This route is located on the right side of the wall. Climb up to the ledge, clip the first bolt and you're looking at the crux. Lie back on some crimpers and away you go. After you've made the move, follow the next bolt with some smears up to the top. There is a couple of bolts at the top to set up an anchor.The way off the top:Going off the backside is probably the natural instinct, but gets a little tricky. The down climb is easiest by going down the spine/arete directly east, climbers ri...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Stirrup Tank Slideshow Add Photo
Ladybug on Devil's Lettuce-Stirrup Tank. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Ladybug on Devil's Lettuce-Stirrup Tank. Photo by ...
An odd circler dike. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
An odd circler dike. Photo by Blitzo.
Lichen on rock, Joshua Tree NP.
Lichen on rock, Joshua Tree NP.
Stirrup Rock-north. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Stirrup Rock-north. Photo by Blitzo.
Bronto Rock
BETA PHOTO: Bronto Rock
Stirrup Tank
BETA PHOTO: Stirrup Tank
Stirrup Tank from above. <br />photo by Blitzo.
Stirrup Tank from above. photo by Blitzo.
Spring wildflowers in a secluded wash, Joshua Tree NP.
Spring wildflowers in a secluded wash, Joshua Tree...
Stirrup Rock-south-side. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Stirrup Rock-south-side. Photo by Blitzo.
ocotillo after the rain.
ocotillo after the rain.
Another Joshua Tree arch-Stirrup Tank. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Another Joshua Tree arch-Stirrup Tank. Photo by Bl...

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