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Rock Climbing in Joshua Tree

posted Apr 25, 2019, 3:50 PM by Justin P
Wednesday, we checked out after breakfast and went to Cliffhangers for our rock climbing adventure.  Our tour guide was Seth and he was a great guide and rock climbing instructor.  After getting our gear together, we followed Seth into the park and stopped along Lost Mine Road.  A short hike led to the Beaver Dam, our first climb.  We warmed up with a couple climbs up the Beaver Dam.  It was a really pretty area and lots of fun climbing.  Then we headed to the Towers of Temptation.  There were three routes to go up here.  First we did a couple climbs on the middle one.  The views of the wildflower super blooms from the top were great.  Then we climbed on left tower, which was rather easy with a ton of hand and foot holds.  After a couple climbs on this one, we had a nice lunch in the shade.  Finally, we climbed the right tower.  I was pretty tired by this time and didn't make it all the way up.  Finishing up with the rock climbing, we said good-bye to Seth and drove through the park.  We made a stop at Live Oak, just past Skull Rock.  This oak tree looks very out of place in the desert.  We made another stop along the road where more beautiful flowers were blooming.  We left the park at the south entrance and go on I-10 east back into Arizona.  In Phoenix, we headed north and checked into the Comfort Inn in Payson.  The elevator was broken, but at least they had a hot tub.