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Trashcan Rock - East Face 
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Trashcan Rock  

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Elevation: 4,200'
Location: 34.0401, -116.197 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 Nov 20, 2002
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Trashcan Rock hosts a high concentration of easier routes (5.0 - 5.6), a few moderates (5.7 - 5.9), and a few harder routes (5.10 - 5.11). None of the climbs are super-megaclassics, but it is a popular destination nonetheless. Several routes warrant an 'R' or 'X' rating, and as such there are usually quite a few topropes and the accompanying mayhem of beginner groups. Perhaps a good place to avoid on the weekends.

Descend all routes by walking down the north side.

Getting There 

The Quail Springs Day Use Area is the first major landmark on your right if you are driving in from the West Entrance of the Park (i.e., the town of Joshua Tree). It is about 6 miles from the West Entrance kiosk and is signed.

Trashcan Rock lies about 10' from the parking area. It's east face faces the main road.

Climbing Season

Weather station 9.0 miles from here

29 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Trashcan Rock:
Tiptoe   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   Trashcan Rock - West Face
Cranny   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 30'   Trashcan Rock - West Face
Left Sawdust Crack   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Trashcan Rock - East Face
Butterfly Crack   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Trashcan Rock - East Face
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Featured Route For Trashcan Rock
The deep brown chimney with the large chockstone on top is Eyesore.

Eyesore 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Trashcan Rock - West Face
This is a deep chimney to the right of Simpatico. It provides yet another beginner route on the rock. The descent is longer than for most of the other routes - scramble north to the top of the rock and then head down....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Fields of gold near Trashcan Rock, Joshua Tree NP
Fields of gold near Trashcan Rock, Joshua Tree NP
New climbing sign. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
New climbing sign. Photo by Blitzo.
Pictured here are the route The Trough through Baby Point Five (5.8 R)
Pictured here are the route The Trough through Bab...
I've seen a few of these guys in the area. <br />Photo Blitzo.
I've seen a few of these guys in the area. Photo B...
Trashcan rock at sunset.
Trashcan rock at sunset.
Rocks-QSPA. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Rocks-QSPA. Photo by Blitzo.
Trashcan Rock. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Trashcan Rock. Photo by Blitzo.

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By Steve Powell
From: Alhambra, California
Dec 11, 2002
I happen to think that Quail Springs is a good area for both the beginning climber, and the beginning lead climber. there are also some nice moderate routes to 5.12 that are on the side facing the road.
By Adam Stackhouse
Feb 8, 2010
This is a very family friendly area, offering picnic tables, bbqs, restrooms and zero approach; all just steps from the car.
By Patrick Dyson
May 4, 2010
Watch for the tricky pro to setup the anchors on top (no bolts/chains that I saw). Take some big gear & moderately long slings.