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Blue Sky Bluff  


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Elevation: 7,000'
Location: 36.2631, -115.6285 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: dnoB ekiM on Jun 29, 2012
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BETA PHOTO: The unbolted scoop/overhang at Blue Sky Bluff.

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Description 

A lucky find of a new crag at Mt. Charleston. The trees hide this nearly roadside crag (a short <10 minute hike). It currently has 8 lines on great rock. It faces South/East and roast in the sun until about 2pm in Summer.

It is comfy to climb here after 2pm when the valley is above 100. When it is in the 80's in the valley, you can climb here all day,and you can also climb here in the sun (before noon) when the temps are cool (spring/fall).

Getting There 

See approach here: Blue Sky Bluff Approach Map


Park on the rightside pullout (as you head up the Mt.) a few hundred yards before the Rainbow Subdivision sign. Hike up to the sign on the side of the road and head right at the huge pine tree. Head up the obvious gully that has been cleared of trees by the forest service. Bear right where the gully system branches and note the first of the black/red flagging tape. There is also blue flagging tape that the forest service used to mark the clear cutting line. This black/red flagging tape was used to mark the trail and will be removed when the trail is well established.

Hike through the trees straight up the gully after the first black/red tape for about a hundred hards...hop a fallen tree and note the 2nd black/red flagging tape about 50 feet past the fallen tree. Turn left and up the hill here. Follow the black/red flags to the base of the cliff.

You will arrive at the base of Low Pull 5.10a. Total hike time is about 10 minutes. Google Map for Blue Sky Bluff Approach

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.2 miles from here

8 Total Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',2],['5.11',1],['5.12',3],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Blue Sky Bluff:
Free Flying is Neither   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Wall Strike   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
The Flying Oehlers   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Bad Seed Topo

Bad Seed 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  NV : Mount Charleston : Blue Sky Bluff
Classic Mt C pocket pulling! Follow a traversing line of crimps to the obvious traversing line of all natural pockets. The first bolt is just left of the first bolt of Going In. The super fun crux is at the 4th bolt. BIG undercling move off a bomber pocket on bad feet to a rad half pad 2 finger side pull (pocket like feature). I really enjoyed climbing this route! So much fun!A line heading directly up from the ground to the anchors of this route would be good! Very hard...but good....[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

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By Cunning Linguist
Jul 22, 2012
Thanks for the new option on Charleston, Mike. Can't wait to get back and try some more of the lines on the right. Very decent little cliff, and I didn't touch at least 2 of the best routes.
By cassondra
Jul 30, 2012
Thanks for the preview, Mike. A nice introduction to limestone!
By Grant Mercer
From: Henderson, Nevada
May 9, 2015
Awesome cliff face with some great routes. Definitely check it out! As for the parking beta, we noticed by the intended parking spots there's signs saying no parking. We ended up parking down near the visitor center which wasn't much of a bad walk, but are those signs usually just there to scare people and they're never actually enforced?
By dnoB ekiM
May 10, 2015
Grant, Those signs must be new. The marked parking was the paved pullouts (maybe 100 yards before the big tree and closer to the visitor center) and not the area by the big tree at the start of the hike (that area has always been posted as no parking). If the pullouts are now marked as no parking...that's a new thing (and pretty consistent with some other odd-ball parking closures/destructions {i.e. Filling in the old cathedral rock parking with 4ft of dirt/rock} up there in recent years). I would definitely not assume it's not enforced. If it's marked no parking it will be enforced with a sizable ticket.

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