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Rock Climbing at Echo T

A rock climber making their way up a large reddish rock face.
Climber at Echo T

NPS / Emily Hassell

Echo T is a popular rock climbing location within Joshua Tree National Park. Echo T is a centrally located and easy to reach location between Hidden Valley and Barker Dam along Keys Ranch Road that offers many popular rock formations and routes. With a wide range of difficulties, there are options for technical rock climbers of all abilities.

To access climbing areas please use existing climbing access routes to minimize your impact. Learn more about rock climbing on the park website and follow any climbing closures. Climbing guidebooks and hiking maps are available for purchase at park visitor centers. If you are learning to climb or are looking to expand your climbing skills, a guide or class could be of interest to you. When hiring a climbing guide, make sure that they are permitted to work in Joshua Tree National Park. Joshua Tree National Park does not maintain anchors or climbing routes, and you are responsible for your own safety.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Accessibility Information
Climbing routes are not wheelchair accessible. The terrain is uneven and the climbing access trails are relatively flat with soft and deep sand.

Technical rock climbing is a strenuous activity on rugged and difficult to reach terrain. It is important for anyone participating to know their physical capabilities. Always know how to get off of a rock formation before climbing to the top. Most rock formations in the park do not have rap rings and require a specific walk-off, which is often steep, and requires 4th or 5th downclimbing. 

Pets and emotional support animals are not allowed more than 100 feet away from the road or parking area, but service animals are allowed throughout the park. Many campgrounds have rock formations next to roads and campsites where pets are allowed. 

Joshua Tree National Park

Last updated: April 15, 2021