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The West: Joshua Tree National Park
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The West: Joshua Tree National Park

Famous for its surreal Yucca trees, Joshua Tree’s sheer cliffs, low-angle slab, and house-sized monzogranite boulders are what make it a bucket-list destination for climbers around the world. It’s usually easy to rig a top-rope in Joshua Tree, which makes it a great crag for perfecting your crack-climbing or slab technique. After sundown, J-Tree is among the best stargazing spots in the United States. Endless trad climbing and bouldering, limited parking. “Joshua Tree’s landscape is just amazing; there’s no other word for it,” Hunter says. “The rock formations just pop up out of the desert. In the winter, it’s one of the best trad areas for having an adventure. It’s always a good time, too. It’s easy to get around and you could climb there for a year without getting bored.”

Closest Town: Yucca Valley, California
Grade Range: 5.6 – 5.14 , V0 – V13
Notable Routes: 5,608
Classics: White Rastafarian (V2), Illusion Dweller (5.10b), Coarse and Buggy (5.11a/b), JBMFP (V5), Leave it to Beaver (5.12a), Father Figure (5.12d)
When to Visit: October-March

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