Rocks of Joshua

(nr Twentynine Palms CA)
Joshua Tree National Park also had several noteworthy rocks. Some were named for their interesting shapes, and others were simply beautiful massive formations. Needless to say, I was in rock heaven.

Joshua Tree NP

Rocks of Joshua

One of the formations was called Shear Fear by rock climbers. I can’t remember the name of the above photo, but it would qualify for that name in my opinion. Far more wonderful rocks were photographed than could be possibly shown here.

Joshua Tree NP

Hollowed Rock

Joshua Tree NP

Cap Rock

Atop a huge formation was a rock poised at the edge which they called Cap Rock. Not sure it resembles one to me though. The back side provides a challenge for rock climbers. And, there was a trail leading off into some other nearby rocks.

Joshua Tree NP

Skull Rock

Joshua Tree NP

Face Rock

Skull Rock was by the side of the road, and thus lots of folks stopped. I had to wait a considerable time to get a shot without someone posing in front of it. I’m not sure that the Face Rock I photographed is the correct one. However, I saw a few that I thought qualified.

Joshua Tree NP

Split Rocks

Joshua Tree NP

Another Split Rock

At Split Rock there was a picnic area, and a 2.5 mile loop trail that passed several rocks with various splits in their formation. I only hiked about 1/2 mile and then turned back. Still, I got to see some nifty rocks.

Joshua Tree NP

Hole Rock

Joshua Tree NP

Arch Rock

It was getting late, but I took the chance to find Arch Rock before dark. The trail was not obvious. As I looked around while walking, I tripped over a big rock hitting my knee. It was pretty sore and scratched; but, I continued anyway. Squeezing between rocks, I finally found it, as well as one with a big hole.

Joshua Tree NP

Piled Rocks

It was a great day of exploring amongst some marvelous rock formations. Then, back to camp and a visit with RV friends.

Camp: Cottonwood Springs Rd boondock
Scene: Rock formations

Also see: Joshua Tree and Barker Dam

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6 Responses to Rocks of Joshua

  1. Bradford Harris February 26, 2017 at 4:42 pm #

    Cool rock formations, Pleinguy! Be careful. I’m glad the injury wasn’t more severe. The pictures were beautiful.

    • Pleinguy February 26, 2017 at 6:56 pm #

      Thanks Brad. The knee is all better now. Have to remember to watch where I’m going when in unfamiliar territory.

  2. OFM February 26, 2017 at 6:05 pm #

    Oh man that is some good territory for exploring. Thank you.

    • Pleinguy February 26, 2017 at 6:57 pm #

      There were some very interesting things to see, for sure.

  3. Aliyeart March 1, 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    Awesome! What a great place to explore. Have you done any paintings of this area?

    • Pleinguy March 2, 2017 at 10:32 pm #

      Yes, it was great! No paintings from there yet; maybe later. I’m in the middle of another project at this time.

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