Several hundred yards southwest of the Comic Strip formation is this solitary crag sitting on the desert floor. The majority of routes tend to be short face climbs, although some cracks are to be found here as well. Routes range in difficulty from 5.6 to 5.11d with most in the 5.10 and under range making this a good location for climbers seeking that range. Highlights include H.R. Hardman
(5.10c) and Dirty Tricks
Approach as for the main Comic Book formation, but veer off right following a faint path to the obvious formation. The hike takes about 15 minutes from the car.
Weather station 9.8 miles from here
12 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',2]
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T-N-T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
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Dirty Tricks 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a CA
: Joshua Tree National Park
: ... : Watergate Rock
This is located on the smooth face just right of the leaning block on the northeast face. Thin and technical face climbing at the bottom will keep you on your toes, and while higher up the difficulty eases the bolts become more spaced and the rock a bit grittier. Don't be confused by another line to the right which joins this route at it's third bolt. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CA
Latest Regional Forum Messages
Watergate Rock. Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: Watergate Rock
By Anonymous Coward
Dec 5, 2003
The area is a slab formation with some fun 5.7-5.9 problems. I think there are three top rope anchors for these slab problems. Lead bolts are present, but run out. To get to these routs you have to scramble up to a large deck (and further up for the anchors).
From: Yucca Valley, CA
Oct 10, 2004
yesterday we were out messing around on the "Slabs" and had somewhat of a Bee problem. I am not sure if there is a hive right at the base, but the damned things were there in the hundreds flying around. We had to bail leaving the area completely. Could be Africanized bees??? Can you tell the difference by how the look?
Sep 18, 2006
The Africanized ones make strange clicking sounds when they talk.