Bouldering Guidebooks for Joshua Tree

A Complete Bouldering Guide To Joshua Tree National Park

This Bouldering Guidebook contains the following bouldering areas:

  • Western Territories
  • Central Joshua Tree
  • III New Frontiers
  • Section IV

Keyfacts of this boulder area according to the Bouldering Guidebook

Prime bouldering seasonInformation about how to get to the areasPlaces to rent bouldering material (for ex. crashpad)Where to sleepRange of bouldering grades
March until Novembernearest towns are described as well as how to get from this towns to the Joshua Tree West, North or South Entrance by caraddress and phone number indicated*

*information might not be up-to-date
indication of different campsites with prices and number of sites*

*information might not be up-to-date
Vermin: v0- v13

Not sure about the grades? Find here more information about the bouldering grading system.

How many problems are described? – about 1100
In which language? – English
How many pages? – 287 pages
How havy? 590g
In color or just black & white? – black & white

More information about this Bouldering Guidebook

The Boulderguide “A Complete Guide To Joshua Tree National Park” is  a classic guidebook for outdoor bouldering. It’s lates edition dates back to 2003, but the guidebook itself with its information about many bouldering problems of Joshua Tree National Park is still very up-to-date. The guidebook contains many classic bouldering areas of Joshua Tree, like Lost Horse Valley or well-known bouldering problems like the “Chocolate Boulders” or “The Embryo”. The first 10 pages readers can read basic information about the bouldering area.

Then starts the description of the first bouldering area, the “Western Territories”. The bouldering area is  introduced with a map showing acess to the bouldering area by car. An other map is following where the bouldering problems lie with regard to the car park. Under the map, the bouldering problems are listed with their v-scale number indicating their difficulty. Real photographs of the bouldering problems in black and white succeed. When describing how to climb a bouldering problem, the guidebook  always shows first a picture of a bouldering stone with white arrow mark on them. Underneath the pictures, readers can find a small description telling them some additonal information about ths bouldering problem, like how to start, what kind of top it is (for example if it is a sloping top) or if the bouldering route contains a traverse.

Quality of maps in this Bouldering Guidebook


The maps in this guidebook seem very rudimental, as they are not more than computer generated streets with stone marks and written indexation. But they are sufficient for basic orientation. Also, each bouldering problem is described with gps coordinates, so that one can easily look them up with a smartphone. 

Special features of this Bouldering Guidebook

  • A 12 page index containing problems by rating. So you can see for example at first sight that there are about 200 v0 (v-scale 0) problems described in the book.
  • An index with all gps coordinates of the bouldering problems in this guidebook

Book overall rating

The Boulderguide “A Complete Guide To Joshua Tree National Park” is a quite old bouldering guidebook. As bouldering problems and routes are very well described – also thanks to sharp pictures and their good bouldering route indication on them – the guidebook can still be considered as very useful for each boulderer. One very nice aspect is, that the guidebooks contain a lot of easy bouldering problems. Due to the bouldering grade rating index at the end of the guidebook, they can be easily found within the book. To make the guidebook more modern and up-to-date, a ready could only wish for accurate information about the bouldering area (the first 10 pages of the guidebook), a nicer look of  the pages and perhaps some information about new problems. However for someone wanting to start outdoor bouldering in Joshua Tree and being good with gps coordinates, this guidebook is the right thing to use.

Similar Bouldering Guidebooks for Joshua Tree bouldering

  • Joshua Tree Bouldering by Wolverine Publishing

  • Joshua Tree bouldering: Joshua Tree National Park by Mari Gingery

Impressions of Bouldering in Joshua Tree National Park, California

About bouldering in Joshua Tree National Park

There’s enormous potential for bouldering Joshua Tree National Park. With around 900,000 acres and over 8,000 climbing routes, over 1,000 of which are bouldering routes, Joshua Tree National Park holds the status of being the largest rock climbing area in North America. Temperatures can easily soar over 100 in the summer months, but the park has ideal outdoor climbing weather in the winter months. Various rock formations give climbers slabs, cracks, overhangs, and highballs to explore. There are routes for all ability levels, including a good selection of routes for beginners. Bouldering Joshua Tree is also popular for it’s white quartz monzonite granite, unique landscape, and ease of access.

How to get to Joshua Tree?

Most of the climbing is concentrated near the west entrance to the park, 131 miles east of Los Angeles. Palm Springs and Los Angeles International Airports are the closest major airports.

Closest bigger towns /cities:
• Twentynine Palms (5 miles)
• Joshua Tree (5 miles)
• Yucca Valley (11.5 miles)
• Palm Springs (37.5 miles)
• Los Angeles (131 miles)

What people say about bouldering Joshua Tree

• unique rock formations
• grippy rock
• surreal landscape

• theft
• popularity limits camping availability
• seasonal closures

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