Top Climbing Routes - Cryptic (5.8) Joshua Tree, CA

Cryptic (5.8) Joshua Tree, CA

Rock Climbing is never just about climbing. This 50’ line, on a weird-ass perched boulder, offers a sweet position, a kickass view, and a bitchin' location - sucker.


Cryptic is significantly steeper and a bit more strenuous than the SW Corner, but by going up the right side of Headstone's south face, it stays over the ground and thus lacks SW Corner's incredible exposure. 

Nevertheless, it's a fun, well-protected, straight-up line in an amazing location.

Not ready to lead it?

The bolts up top are perfectly set up to TR this route, if you can manage to beat the crowds (much easier said than done) // (via

Location //

California > Joshua Tree NP > Sheep Pass Area > Ryan Campground > Headstone Rock

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