9 of the Best Things to Do Outdoors in California

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3. Climbing in Joshua Tree National Park, Mohave Desert

The geologic formations at Joshua Tree are what attract rock climbers and bouldering enthusiasts from all over the world. Considered a “high desert monzogranite climbing mecca” the area is known for its traditional-style crack, slab and steep-face climbing. The park features over 400 climbing formations and 8,000 climbing routes with climbs available for all levels of ability. Some of the more popular spots, include Hidden Valley and the Sports Challenge Rock. Located in what’s known as the “real” Hidden Valley by climbers, Sports Challenge Rock offers a wide range of top-rope climbs along with some outstanding places to practice leading. At the Wonderland of Rocks, you’ll find more routes than any other part of the park, including everything from easy bouldering to challenging lead climbs.

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