OverviewEcho Rock area, Echo Cove, East End is a rock formation in Joshua Tree National Park, California.
The convoluted rock formations of the Echo Rock area can be considered as a gift that keep on giving. This is a rich neighborhood that includes formations such as the South Face of Echo Cove, North Face of Echo Cove, Right Side and famous routes such as Big Moe and Heart And Sole. Just when you thought you had ticked off a couple of routes on every rock here and you had seen it all, you find a whole new formation to look at and play on. Although the East End of Echo Cove was explored and climbed as early as the mid 1970s, it seems to be hiding in plain sight even to this day. Most people heading toward this area seem to gravitate to the much bigger Echo Rock itself bypassing this hidden treasure only a few hundred feet away.
The original and probably the best route on the North Face of East End of Echo Cove is Effigy Too, rated 10a/b. This route takes a much more direct line up the right side of this formation. The climb begins with steep face moves on rounded holds and side pulls to the beginning of a crack system. This crack is the most enjoyable part of the climb as it shoots straight up to the top of the rock.
In the most recent years two ore routes have been established on this formation. The extreme left one, to the left of Halfway To Paradise is a toprope problem called (The Real McCoy), rated 12b. This route starts on the incipient crack on the left side of the rock to start. Then it weaves a complex set of crimpy moves left and right and finally the top. The other route is to the right of Effigy Too called Misfits, rated 11b. This route follows a set of bolts supplemented by some thin gear to the top of the rock.
List of the routes
Routes of North Face of Echo Cove, East End
|A||The Real McCoy, 12b, top rope|
|B||Half Way To Paradise, 10a/b, bolt and gear|
|C||Effigy Too, 10a/b, gear, standard rack|
|D||Misfits, 11b, bolts and thin gear|
How to get there
Just past (Intersection Rock), take the road to Barker Dam for a short distance. Shortly after getting on this road you’ll see a sign for “Key’s Ranch” Road. Take this dirt road to a large parking area on the right. Just beyond the parking area there is a sign for “Key’s Ranch Guided Tours.” You can drive further on this road to access several other climbing formations, but you will run into a locked gate for “Key’s Ranch.”
Echo Rock is visible from here and not very far. East End of Echo Cove is a few hundred feet to the southwest of the gully that leads to Echo Rock. Walk toward Echo Rock then take a smaller side trail splitting to left. This will take you into the short East End of Echo Cove.
Camping, Noise Considerations, Environmental Concerns, Fees & Food
Please tread lightly. The Access Fund has gone to great lengths posting trail marker for approaches to many of the more popular crags. Do your best to stay on these trails, and where you are forced to use a different path, choose the ones that rain can mend in time. Drainages make for good trails where there are no established trails.
Avoid stepping on native and fragile plants, and do not feed the coyotes. Coyotes are very much used to people and often hang around picnic areas and camp grounds in hopes of getting a hand out. It’s better to let them live their natural life.
Joshua Tree Camping
When you are camping with friends and sitting around the fire, it is easy to forget that there are other people trying to sleep in the nearby campsites. It is important to put yourself in their shoes. Keep the noise and music to a minimum and certainly not too much past 10 p.m. Your neighbors will smile at you in the morning instead of giving you dirty looks.
Fees and Food
My wife and I have had Thai food in many different restaurants and cities. This Thai place beats them all. In November when the number of visitors to Joshua Tree reaches its peak, this restaurant puts on a Thai buffet, all you can eat for 10.95$/person. But, you must get there early, or be prepared to wait by the door for a table. The latest information indicates that the buffet style will be terminated by the end of February and will resume in November of 2010.