Stirrup Towers, 5.8-5.10a

Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Lat/Lon: 33.95993°N / 116.01726°W
Activities: Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing
Season: Spring, Fall, Winter


Bublinky-  5.8
Bublinky- 5.8

Stirrup Towers is the name given to a set of pinnacles just out of the parking lot at Stirrup Tank. They line the left side of this granite outcrop that leads up to its namesake, the “Stirrup” itself (2nd level feature that looks like a western style stirrup). Three of the routes line the face of an aesthetic leaning tower on the left. Three more line up on the southeast broad face on the right side of this group of towers. Four of these six are given a thumbs up in Miramontes guide.
Stirrup Tank

Stirrup Tank is a seldom visited collection of granite spires located on the eastern fringes of Joshua Tree, beyond White Tank campground off of Cottonwood Springs Road (Pinto Basin). A tower resembling a western style stirrup (the “Stirrup”) gives the area its namesake. Most of these routes were established in the 80’s by a variety of FAers. Stirrup Tank in general is a quiet area that you more than likely will have to yourself.

From the main park loop road, head east at the Cottonwood junction (Pinto Basin and/or Cottonwood Springs Road). Drive past both campgrounds, Belle and White Tank. Fairly immediate after White Tank, turn right at Bovine Dome (parking area). Head down a dirt road to its end with a trailhead and restroom. Walk in and turn left following a significant trail along the Stirrup Towers on the left.

Route Description(s)

Stirrup Tank

Routes Listed Left to Right as you Face the Walls

Far Left
  • Crack of Noon- 5.10a/

  • Narrow Tower
  • Rollerskating with Aliens- 5.8/

  • Beam Me Up Scottie- 5.10a/*

  • Enterprise- 5.9/

  • Southeast Face
  • Bublinky- 5.8/*
  • During the afternoon the belay was in the sun on this one (but not on the two to the right. Up an easy crack to a short slab, past a few bolts to a fixed rap. Dow

  • I Slept with LK- 5.10a/*

  • Space Metal- 5.10a/*
  • External Links

  • Joshua Tree National Park Including Map.
  • Campsites