Login with Facebook
The Polka Dot Wall

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Caterpillar T 
Clipper T 
Election Fraud Rules T 
Esplanade Bike Trail T 
Gropler Zorn T 
Jumbo Pumping Love TR 
Jumbo Pumping Refiners Poodle TR 
Mormon Sleepover, The T 
Mountain Lion Attack T 
Pluton Splendor T 
Squirty T 
Student Body T 
Swimming To Antarctica T 
Wild Goose Chase T 
Unsorted Routes:
Mountain Project has launched a new site: Powder Project, and we're giving away loads of gear, including skis & Oakley goggles. Check it out!

The Polka Dot Wall  

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Page Views: 2,108
Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: David Evans on Mar 25, 2003
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu
92° | 61°
89° | 61°
Partly Cloudy
88° | 57°
82° | 52°
75° | 52°
You & This Area
Best routes for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [0 people like this page.]
Know the location? Show us! We need it for cool new features!


This polka dot covered gray and brown crag is guaranteed to be cool and uncrowded. On the right end is an excellant moderate splitter finger and hand crack called Wild Goose Chase 5.8+ **. In the middle are thin triple cracks 5.8+ **. Just left of center is a clean brown buttress with two TR's (Bolting ban). Both are 5.10 a/b **.

Getting There 

This cliff is on the way to the "Slatanic area." You go up Rattlesnake cyn. until just below "The Bulkhead" and then head left up the gully which leads east up the mountainside. Follow the gully until you can traverse up and right onto a small plateau area. The "Polka Dot Wall" is 200' down the first gully to the west. If you are going to the "Slatanic area" traverse west past the top of the "Polka Dot Wall" and drop 100' or so down the next gully till you can traverse farther west until directly below the routes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.9 miles from here

14 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',1]

Featured Route For The Polka Dot Wall
the student body

Student Body 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Polka Dot Wall
This is the leftmost of 3 cracks on the SW face. You need some small wires for the crux. 50' long. A fun route....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Comments on The Polka Dot Wall Add Comment
Show which comments
By The Gray Tradster
Feb 6, 2005
The "small Plateau area" is distinguished by a stand of several dead pinyons. 1000 ft elevation gain total from the car, Allow 1-1/4 to 1-1/2hr.

UTM 579615 3770773 (Conus 27)
By Murf
Feb 8, 2005

I find it slightly ironic that you stated:

"No,but sometimes it's just nice to leave a sense of mystery and adventure for the next guy. Not everything needs to be documented to death. There are plenty of overdeveloped areas for that already."

And then give GPS coordinates to an area. There's little enough adventure in JT w/o giving out waypoints to out of the way crags.
By The Gray Tradster
Feb 8, 2005
Actualy We found it highly ironic that we had to pack out trash found on top of the formation! Pick up after yourselves people!

There's a very complete govt sponsored list of the gps coordinates of almost every formation and feature in the park remote or otherwise. J Tree is even in its most remote areas, "developed".If this info keeps people from trampling all over the place creating braided dead ended trails looking for this formation it will have served its intended purpose. Its description on this website will insure its popularity in any case.

I'd never think of devulging that kind of info for many places I've been, but not in the park.
By Drederek
Dec 5, 2007
This was much easier to find than I thought it would be and worth the hike. A couple of hints about getting there; its pretty much right behind the bulkhead and it can be seen from the billboard area as a smooth dark wall above and slightly to the right of the bulkhead
Beyond the Guidebook:
The Definitive Climbing Resource
Inspiration & Motivation
to Fuel Your Run
Next Generation Mountain
Bike Trail Maps
Backcountry, Sidecountry
and Secret Stashes
Better Data. Better Tools.
Better Hikes!