Rock climbers first came flocking to Joshua Tree National Park as a wintertime practice area while Yosemite and other parts of the Sierra Nevada were covered in snow.
However, overtime it became a rock climbing destination in its own right. Today, the park boasts thousands of named routes that are perfect for climbers of every level and aptitude.
The vast majority of the rock available for climbing in Joshua Tree is composed of high-quality quartz monzonite, a type of granite that is perfect for climbing.
This makes the park the perfect spot for beginners learning how to move and navigate on the rock as well as advanced climbers planning to challenge themselves with an ascent in the 250-vertical meter ascent in the Hidden Valley.
The park is also the ideal place for self-rescue courses as well as a variety of other climbing related clinics.
During the climbing season (which ranges from autumn to spring), average daily temperatures in the park range from 10 ºC to 15 ºC during the day. The area receives very little rainfall and enjoys plenty of sunny days.
Any trip to Joshua Tree National Park will begin with a flight into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). From here, it is easiest to rent a car and make the 2.5 hour drive east.
September to May
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