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The Rosetta Stone Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: RTM on Apr 1, 2003

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The Rosetta Stone is a large round boulder, somewhat reminiscent of Slashface, with a dark patina south face. This face is dead vertical, is about 22 ft. tall, and has 4 excellent, Proud boulder problems on it.

Getting There 

As you enter the Loveland canyon, locate the obvious Bird Beak Formation. To the right of this formation is a small gully that leads over a small hill. Follow this gully over the hill and into the start of a larger canyon. Walk down this canyon for several 100 feet to the round, dark brown boulder. Approach is about 30 min.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.1 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in The Rosetta Stone

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Rosetta Stone:
Alexandria   V7 7A+     Boulder, 20'   
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Featured Route For The Rosetta Stone
Rock Climbing Photo: Natalie Duran on Alexandria

Alexandria V7 7A+  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : The Rosetta Stone
Yet another of Joshua Trees most beautiful boulder problems, Alexandria, which follows a crescent shaped Aplite dike of superb quality, and ascends a dead vertical face that rises 23 ft., climbing nearly 20 ft. of absolutely perfect edges.Jump start to a 1 inch deep rail that is about 9ft. up, above a cave-like area. Angle around left and up on immaculate tile smooth rails, up to a royal crown of Jugs. The start has also been done static, pulling off razor thin crimps, done this way it is V9.Thi...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of The Rosetta Stone Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: James checking out the landing of The Mastaba (V7)...
James checking out the landing of The Mastaba (V7)...
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris and James in pursuit of the stone.
BETA PHOTO: Chris and James in pursuit of the stone.
Rock Climbing Photo: Moon and nolinas in Loveland, Joshua Tree NP
Moon and nolinas in Loveland, Joshua Tree NP
Rock Climbing Photo: The "Bird Beak" formation
BETA PHOTO: The "Bird Beak" formation
Rock Climbing Photo: A hillside foundation from an old mining site pass...
A hillside foundation from an old mining site pass...

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By Adam Stackhouse
Nov 8, 2008
The Miramontes guide is "just a little off" on the parking for this area.
There are two turnouts (offset) on the road, 1.1 miles east of (past) the Live Oak Picnic Area turnoff. Park in one of the turnouts and walk north a bit until a deteriorating dirt road becomes noticeable. Follow this until it is possible to drop into the wash. From the wash turn left for a short hike until one must climb the small "impass" in the wash. The bird beak rock should them become clearly visible along with a large "bird egg of a boulder" on the right.. Hike up and past said boulder and right of the bird beak formation to access the backside of the bird beak area. Looking left the Rosetta Stone should become visible.
By Will S
From: Joshua Tree
Nov 9, 2008
So called "Bird beak area" is actually known as Beak Boulder Rocks. Described in Vogel within Loveland section.

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