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Echo Rock, Echo Cove, North Wall, left side
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Echo Rock, Echo Cove, North Wall, left side

 
Echo Rock, Echo Cove, North Wall, left side

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 34.02506°N / 116.1585°W

Object Title: Echo Rock, Echo Cove, North Wall, left side

County: Riverside

Activities: Trad Climbing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 4000 ft / 1219 m

 

Page By: Marcsoltan

Created/Edited: Sep 1, 2010 / Mar 31, 2011

Object ID: 656454

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Overview

 
Fun Stuff, left side of the formation
 
 
Descent Chimney
 
 
Echo Cove, North Wall
 




The north wall of Echo Cove is a large formation in the Echo Rock area of Joshua Tree National Park, California. Due to the extensive size of the north wall, I have chosen to divide this formation into two separate, left and right, sides. I will concentrate on the left side for this page.




Located right across from the North Face of Echo Cove and the very famous and sought after route Big Moe, rated 11a, it should come as no surprise that this formation also receives a great deal of attention. In contrast to the opposite side, the north wall of Echo Cove is generally low angle and offers a number of easy to moderate routes. Another factor that helps this general area is that it's the first formation you come to as you enter Echo Cove from the west.


Most of the more difficult routes in this area are located on an adjoining formation further to the south, across from the descent chimney, the right side. But, the left side with all of it's easier routes sees a great deal of activity on regular basis. As you approach the formation, the first route you come to is a climb called Fun Stuff, rated 5.8. This route is so much fun that it deserves at least three stars. This route involves friction face climbing past two bolts to a hand crack in a corner. It finally reaches a solid double bolt anchor.



Moving further to the right, you have a huge slab surrounded by two crack systems. The crack on the left is Chute Up, rated 5.2, and similarly, the crack on the right is another easy route called Helix, another 5.2. These two routes are the keys to reach the top for setting a top rope on the main objective, W.A.C., rated 5.8. This route climbs up the middle of the large slab. W.A.C. has it's own double bolt anchor.


Another way to reach the top of the formation is to scramble up the chimney that separates the left and right sides. This chimney is often used for descending the formation.


Routes Topo

Routes Topo
 

Routes of Echo Cove, North Wall, left side
AFun Stuff, 5.8, bolts, standard rack, anchor bolts
BChute Up, 5.2, standard rack
CW.A.C. 5.8, runout friction face, bolts, anchor
DHelix, 5.2, standard rack
EDescent Chimney

How to get there

 
Echo Cove area
The north wall of Echo Cove seen from the entrance to Echo Cove area
 
Road sign to Barker Dam
 
From the western entrance to Joshua Tree National Park drive on Park Boulevard, formerly known as Quail Springs Road, for about nine miles to a major rock formation called “Intersection Rock.” Intersection Rock is a major landmark on the north side of Quail Springs Road with ample parking for visitors and climbers alike. This rock, true to its name, sit at the cross roads to “Hidden Valley Campground”, Barker Dam Road and the road to “Day use and picnic” area.
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.” Walk along the dirt road and within less than a minute the South Face Of Echo Cove will be on your right, and right next to the road. Continue walking along the road to the end of the south face where you will see another small parking area. In front of the parking area there is a sign reading "Thin Crack" pointing you into the gully/cove. The North Wall of Echo Cove, left side, is immediately to your left.

Camping, Environmental concerns, noise considerations, Fees, Food

 
Joshua Tree landscape
Typical Joshua Tree landscape





 
Desert Flowers near...
Desert Flowers

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.

Camping

 
Sunset...
 
There are nine campgrounds in Joshua Tree National Park. At the entrance to the park you are always asked if you would care to have a map and a brochure. The brochure will have plenty of information on the campgrounds and the map will guide you to many of the pleasant hikes throughout the park. You may even get the latest information as to availability of campsites. During the peak season (mid winter through spring) finding a campsite may become a major task. It is highly recommended to use the following link to get more information in advance.

Joshua Tree Camping



Noise considerations



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


 
Entrance station...
 
 
The best Thai 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 a very reasonable price/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.

Images

Echo Cove areaEcho Cove, North WallDescent ChimneyMiddle slab and W.A.C.Routes TopoFun Stuff, left side of the formation