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Elevation: 4,400'
Location: 34.0406, -116.15 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: C Miller on Jun 20, 2002
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Description 

The Wonderland of Rocks (aka The Wanderland) is well named due to the mind boggling amount of rock there as well as the complex topography. If you're tired of waiting in line for another route or simply wish to escape the scene this is the place to seek out.


Getting There 

The Wonderland of Rocks is located just north and east of the Barker Dam Area. Refer to the individual crag pages for more detailed approach information.

Andrew Gram adds: Head right at Echo Rock as if going to Barker Dam. Instead of pulling in to the Barker Dam trailhead, turn right onto a dirt road going to the Desert Queen Mine. Turn left onto another dirt road and there is a small parking area with an outhouse. It is also a short hike from Barker Dam through a wash to get to the same point.


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Weather station 8.3 miles from here

250 Total Routes

['4 Stars',14],['3 Stars',47],['2 Stars',88],['1 Star',84],['Bomb',9]
['<=5.6',20],['5.7',17],['5.8',29],['5.9',37],['5.10',87],['5.11',48],['5.12',9],['5.13',3],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Wonderland South:
Mental Physics   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   West Wonderland Valley : Lenticular Dome
Breakfast of Champions   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   South Astro Dome : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Dazed and Confused   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   West Wonderland Valley : Lenticular Dome
High Strung   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   West Wonderland Valley : Foolproof Tower
Solid Gold   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   South Astro Dome : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Dangling Woo Li Master   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Diarrhea Dome : Bighorn Mating Grotto
I Can't Believe It's a Girdle   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   East Wonderland Valley : Freak Brothers Dome
Figures on a Landscape (aka Monkey on My Back)   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 3 pitches, 250'   North Astro Dome : North Astro Dome - Northeas...
Caught Inside on a Big Set   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Diarrhea Dome : Bighorn Mating Grotto
Astroturf   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, 2 pitches, 240'   North Astro Dome : North Astro Dome - Northeas...
Morning Thunder   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 125'   Diarrhea Dome : Bighorn Mating Grotto
Black President   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Central Wonderland : Elephant Arches
Such a Savage   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   South Astro Dome : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Poaching Bighorn   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Far East : Bighorn Dome
Middle Age Crisis   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   South Astro Dome : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Life Without Principle   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Central Wonderland : Thrutcher Dome
Poodle Smasher   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Far East : Poodle Smasher Area
Black and Blue   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Afro Blues Wall : Afro Blues Wall (Northwest ...
Middle Age Crazy   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 190'   South Astro Dome : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Stingray   5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Near East : Iguana Dome
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Following pitch 3 of  I Can't Believe It's A Girdl...

I Can't Believe It's a Girdle 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Freak Brothers Dome
This 4 pitch route provides an excellent excercise in traversing along a thin dike that runs about mid-height through all three sections of the formation. The 2nd and 3rd pitches are scarier for the second than the leader. The route was put up over a number of years, with the 1st pitch being the last one established.Pitch 1: (5.10b) Start off a small ledge near the left end of the west face, (near a small Yucca). Tricky and thin face moves up and left (5.10b), past a bolt, then straight up past ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Trotter leading Stingray, 5.13+ on Iguana Dome.  P...
Trotter leading Stingray, 5.13+ on Iguana Dome. P...
Looking out over the South Wonderland.
Looking out over the South Wonderland.
Cool clouds over the Wonderland of Rocks. Photo by...
Cool clouds over the Wonderland of Rocks. Photo by...
Looking back across the traverse from the first be...
Looking back across the traverse from the first be...
Rock Golem watches and waits...
Rock Golem watches and waits...
On the way to The Near East an old guy needed help...
On the way to The Near East an old guy needed help...
You'll find this headstone for Worth Bagley on the...
You'll find this headstone for Worth Bagley on the...
Disneyland Dome and Thrutcher Dome
Disneyland Dome and Thrutcher Dome
Uncle Willie's
Uncle Willie's
Relics from the past on the way to the Stamp Mill,...
Relics from the past on the way to the Stamp Mill,...
Many Strange creatures inhabit the Wonderland of R...
Many Strange creatures inhabit the Wonderland of R...
Wonderland Trail with the Freak Brothers Dome in t...
Wonderland Trail with the Freak Brothers Dome in t...
Hungry rocks!
Hungry rocks!
Wonderland of rocks
Wonderland of rocks
A tunnel/cave in The Wonderland of Rocks. Photo by...
A tunnel/cave in The Wonderland of Rocks. Photo by...
The namesake Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree NP
The namesake Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree NP
Stamp Mill display, Joshua Tree NP
Stamp Mill display, Joshua Tree NP
Water tank at the Stamp Mill, Joshua Tree NP
Water tank at the Stamp Mill, Joshua Tree NP
Stamp Mill....
Stamp Mill....
Closeup of the huge landmark boulder, Joshua Tree ...
Closeup of the huge landmark boulder, Joshua Tree ...
Disneyland Dome. Photo By Blitzo.
Disneyland Dome. Photo By Blitzo.
Wonderland Valley and Astro Domes. Photo by Blitzo...
Wonderland Valley and Astro Domes. Photo by Blitzo...
Astro Domes
Astro Domes
Artifact or litter? I came across this in the wond...
Artifact or litter? I came across this in the wond...

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By Bo Johnston
Feb 5, 2005
Can anyone tell me the best way (or a way) to get to the Lost in the Wonderland Slab? I made it to Bighorn Dome and took a left along Boulder Canyon thinking that I could hit the slab from the west. Not such a good idea for those of you considering it.
By C Miller
Administrator
Feb 6, 2005
There are two main ways to get to the Lost In The Wonderland Slab, but going through the aptly named Boulder Canyon is not one of them...unless you happen to be a Bighorn Sheep.

The first approach is to cut right past the Freak Brothers Dome (heading east), past the north side of the Pea Brain and Red Obelisk until you enter a large open valley. Continue heading east/northeast (you'll be facing the distant flanks of Queen Mtn.) along the Wonderland Wash, passing the entrance to Boulder Canyon, past a huge boulder with a Leavitt project on your left until you have to make your way through some rocks and join another wash coming in from the south. The wash turns left and heads northeast here (along the base of Queen Mtn.), and soon you'll see the Don Genaro Cliffs and Don Genaro Boulder on your right. Make a left (heading west) when you reach the Cornerstone and follow a major wash past The Poodle Smasher until the Lost In The Wonderland Slab comes into view on your left. Plan on at least a solid hour of hiking for the approach.

Another approach is to head north in the Wonderland Valley past the Freak Brothers Dome. Continue along the wash in a northerly direction past the Duckwaddle Domes, Gumby Dome, and Diarrhea Dome (with the prominent Owl Pinnacle atop it). Once past the turnoff for Diarrhea Dome/Bighorn Mating Grotto continue on past the Mystic Cove, scramble over a rough section and hit a wash heading east. Follow this until the Lost In The Wonderland Slab comes into view on your right. Again, plan on at least an hour of solid hiking to reach this point.

It's possible combine the two and make a giant loop hike, which will give you a grand tour of the southern Wonderland and blow your mind with the scenic beauty, solitude and amazing amount of rock in the area. Perfect for those cold, windy days when it's too cold to climb.
By Bo Johnston
Oct 18, 2006
I finally made it out to the Wonderland Slab and was dissapointed to see that Desert Delierium is dangerously runout with only one bolt (that I could see) between the ground and the left traversing roof. That bolt had webbing slings on it which lead me to believe that things get desparate up there. I'm sure a harder climber wouldn't hesitate.
By Chris D
From: the couch
Mar 2, 2010
If you're heading into Wonderland Valley, the trail into the wonderland starts right behind Uncle Willie's Health Food Store. You simply take the trail toward Wall Street Mill (doesn't matter which parking area you use). Just a short distance past the unpaved parking area with an outhouse you'll see a wide trail heading north which is sort of blocked by park service-placed gargoyles. Take this trail to the readily visible ruins called Uncle Willie's Health Food Store.

Just to the east (left) of the ruins is a trail that drops into a wash that you can follow (on the trail) to the various formations, or just scramble around. There's a lot of fun stuff to do in here.
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