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Wonderland of Rocks

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Wonderland of Rocks 


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Elevation: 4,400'
Location: 34.0406, -116.15 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: C Miller, M.Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer, Justin Johnsen, Kristine Hoffman
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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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242 Total Routes


['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',47],['2 Stars',81],['1 Star',84],['Bomb',9]
['<=5.6',17],['5.7',17],['5.8',26],['5.9',35],['5.10',90],['5.11',45],['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 of Rocks:
Mental Physics   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Lenticular Dome
Breakfast of Champions   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   South Astro Dome : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
High Strung   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Foolproof Tower
Dazed and Confused   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   Lenticular Dome
Dangling Woo Li Master   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Diarrhea Dome : Bighorn Mating Grotto
Solid Gold   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   South Astro Dome : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
I Can't Believe It's a Girdle   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 4 pitches, 300'   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
Morning Thunder   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 125'   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...
Such a Savage   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R     Trad, 2 pitches, 170'   South Astro Dome : South Astro Dome - Northeas...
Black President   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Elephant Arches
Poodle Smasher   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Poodle Smasher Area
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'   Thrutcher Dome
Poaching Bighorn   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Bighorn Dome
Black and Blue   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Afro Blues Wall : Afro Blues Wall (North Face...
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'   Iguana Dome
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Relieved after placing a #2 camalot right above the cruxy RP seam section. The loose blocks are visible near the top of the dihedral. Photo by HHH

Poaching Bighorn 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c  CA : Joshua Tree National Park : ... : Bighorn Dome
Near the left side of the north face is a varnished right facing corner with an RP crack. It soon widens and leads to a small ledge. Go left on the ledge to a crack that leads to the top. Excellent rock....[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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Trotter leading Stingray, 5.13+ on Iguana Dome. <br /> <br />Posted with permission from Andrew Burr
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. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Cool clouds over the Wonderland of Rocks.
Photo by...
Another derelict vehicle near the Stamp Mill, Joshua Tree NP
Another derelict vehicle near the Stamp Mill, Josh...
Looking back across the traverse from the first below
Looking back across the traverse from the first be...
Rock Golem watches and waits...
Rock Golem watches and waits...
This huge boulder is a good landmark on the way to The Cornerstone area, Joshua Tree NP
This huge boulder is a good landmark on the way to...
Uncle Willie's
Uncle Willie's
Many Strange creatures inhabit the Wonderland of Rock in Jtree- here the giant stone elephant seal surfaces through the ground with a furrowed brow and his mouth agape. Photo by Tony Bubb, 12/03.
Many Strange creatures inhabit the Wonderland of R...
Wall Street Stamp Mill, Joshua Tree NP
Wall Street Stamp Mill, Joshua Tree NP
Artifact or litter? I came across this in the wonderland. This can is almost 40 years old. Pretty good shape for being out there that long. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Artifact or litter? I came across this in the wond...
Wonderland Trail with the Freak Brothers Dome in the distance, Joshua Tree NP
Wonderland Trail with the Freak Brothers Dome in t...
Relics from the past on the way to the Stamp Mill, Joshua Tree NP
Relics from the past on the way to the Stamp Mill,...
Another relic near the Stamp Mill, Joshua Tree NP
Another relic near the Stamp Mill, Joshua Tree NP
The namesake Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree NP
The namesake Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree NP
Disneyland Dome and Thrutcher Dome
Disneyland Dome and Thrutcher Dome
Wonderland of rocks
Wonderland of rocks
A tunnel/cave in The Wonderland of Rocks. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
A tunnel/cave in The Wonderland of Rocks.
Photo by...
Stamp Mill display, Joshua Tree NP
Stamp Mill display, Joshua Tree NP
You'll find this headstone for Worth Bagley on the way to the Wall Street Mill.
You'll find this headstone for Worth Bagley on the...
Water tank at the Stamp Mill, Joshua Tree NP
Water tank at the Stamp Mill, Joshua Tree NP
On the way to The Near East an old guy needed help fixing a flat.  Apparently, he'd been there awhile
On the way to The Near East an old guy needed help...
North of The Cornerstone is a great overlook onto the North Wonderland, Joshua Tree NP
North of The Cornerstone is a great overlook onto ...
Hungry rocks!
Hungry rocks!
Toad Rock from Astro Domes
BETA PHOTO: Toad Rock from Astro Domes
Stamp Mill....
Stamp Mill....
Disneyland Dome. <br />Photo By Blitzo.
Disneyland Dome.
Photo By Blitzo.
Astro Domes
Astro Domes
Wonderland Valley and Astro Domes. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Wonderland Valley and Astro Domes.
Photo by Blitzo...
try not to fall on these guys...
try not to fall on these guys...
Scenic valley underneath Disneyland Dome
Scenic valley underneath Disneyland Dome
Red Obelisk, Pea Brain and Fat Freddie's Cat. <br />Photo By Blitzo.
Red Obelisk, Pea Brain and Fat Freddie's Cat.
Phot...
An attractive small dome half way between Hook an Ladder and Disneyland Dome
An attractive small dome half way between Hook an ...
Uncle Willie's. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Uncle Willie's.
Photo by Blitzo.
Another gorgeous view from the Wonderland
Another gorgeous view from the Wonderland
Stamp Mill Area, Joshua Tree NP
Stamp Mill Area, Joshua Tree NP
On the hike out of the Wonderland of Rocks in early evening sun in March 2009.
On the hike out of the Wonderland of Rocks in earl...
North West Face of Hard Rock
North West Face of Hard Rock
A proud example...
A proud example...
Wonderland of rocks
Wonderland of rocks
Uncle Willie's
Uncle Willie's
An aerial view of the Wonderland of Rocks, Joshua Tree NP. Photo - Raleigh Collins.
An aerial view of the Wonderland of Rocks, Joshua ...
Nice one!
Nice one!
Uncle Willie's Health Food Store, Joshua Tree NP
Uncle Willie's Health Food Store, Joshua Tree NP
Astro Domes. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Astro Domes.
Photo by Blitzo.
Iron stain on quartz monzonite, Joshua Tree NP
Iron stain on quartz monzonite, Joshua Tree NP
Closeup of the huge landmark boulder, Joshua Tree NP
Closeup of the huge landmark boulder, Joshua Tree ...
Wonderland North overlook, Joshua Tree NP
Wonderland North overlook, Joshua Tree NP
Punk Rock. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Punk Rock.
Photo by Blitzo.
Odd formations. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Odd formations.
Photo by Blitzo.
Old project in the Wonderland, Joshua Tree NP
Old project in the Wonderland, Joshua Tree NP
The interior workings of the mill
The interior workings of the mill
Hand drawn topo by Randy Leavitt
Hand drawn topo by Randy Leavitt
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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.