Billboard Buttress is a formation in the Indian Cove
area of Joshua Tree National Park
Indian Cove Campground is surrounded by rock formations such as Pixie Rock
and Moosedog Tower
. Pixie Rock guards the northern flank of the entrance into the campground and Billboard Buttress the southern flank. These two formations are great stopping places for many climbers. The biggest attraction about Billboard Buttress is that it offers a number of easy to moderate routes. In contrast to many formations in the Indian Cove area, Billboard Buttress is not located behind a campsite. This feature alone makes this rock to climb on.
If there is one place in the Indian Cove area you could see many people bouldering, it is on the base of Billboard Buttress. For most people the first six to eight feet of the smooth and difficult start to Gait of Power
, rated 10b, is sufficient to get satisfaction and still stay within jumping down height, or down climbing to the right. Note: The start of Gait of Power is shown in light blue. The best way to do anything higher, however, is to use a rope, essential equipment, and a partner.
There are a number of moderate routes on this formation. If you are in the mood for a great hand crack, consider The Reverend
, rated 5.8. This is a crack inside a dihedral on the right hand side of the west face. Another highly recommended climb is a face route on the south face called Driving Limitations
, rated 5.8, and protected by a few bolts.
List of the select routes
Select Routes of Billboard Buttress
|A||We Dive At Dawn, 5.8, standard rack|
|B||The Reverend, 5.8, standard Rack|
|C||Driving Limitations, 5.8, bolts|
Entrance to the park/Ranger Station
Indian Cove is located roughly nine miles east of the town of Joshua Tree on highway 62. The sign directing you to Indan Cove is obvious. Turn right, going south, here. If you go as far the town of 29 Palms, you have gone too far. It’s about three miles from here to Indian Cove Campground. Drive south on this road to a ranger station and the enterance to the park. You will be checked at the gate for your America The Beautiful card, or will be charged an enterance fee. Driving past the gate will bring you to the Indian Cove Campground. Billboard Buttress is to your left just before entering the campground.
Camping, Noise Considerations, Environmental Concerns,
Typical Joshua Tree landscape
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.
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
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.