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Christmas Tree Pass  

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Elevation: 4,000'
Location: 35.1416, -114.6185 View Map  Incorrect?
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Desert domes of quartz monzonite on a ridge that rises from west to east. Rock quality is similar to Joshua Tree and approaches are varied, with some house-sized boulders complicating the approaches to the higher domes. Bounded on the south by Grapevine Canyon, a popular hike, and on the north by the road to Christmas Tree Pass, the area sees very few visitors. First developed in 1978, it has seen little traffic since then. It is part of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Getting There 

Located just 5 miles west of Laughlin off Highway 163, look for a signed dirt road (Christmas Tree Pass) and drive north a few miles to Grapevine Canyon or continue on the same road until it turns west to access the main area.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.7 miles from here

9 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Christmas Tree Pass:
MC1   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Dali Dome
Stairway to Heaven   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 2 pitches, 250'   Main Area
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Featured Route For Christmas Tree Pass
Wilkinson Sword follows the jagged crack system in the middle of this view.

Wilkinson Sword 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b NV : Christmas Tree Pass : Dali Dome
An amazing line ascending a creaky flake crack system. Improbably thin flake, dubious pro at a modest grade: fantastic and a bit frightening.P1: ascend the low angle corner, then, transition to a crack on the right, then another, gaining the two bolt belay anchor at the base of the steep flake. 5.4 70.P2: Climb the thin flake feature. Two bolts protect at stances (old Rawl buttonheads with thin SMC hangers in need of replacement). Move up, then right, then up and finally turn the low ang...[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

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The coarse granite of Christmas Tree Pass. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
The coarse granite of Christmas Tree Pass. Photo b...
Trac II summits where the hidden face meets the corner. Not too difficult by today's standards, but lots of exposure.
Trac II summits where the hidden face meets the co...
Petroglyphs greet you at the mouth of Grapevine Canyon; also known as Rattlesnake Canyon. A beautiful worthwhile hike! Looks like there is  climbing potential deep in the canyon; scary OW cracks. <br /> <br />Taken 3/11/08
Petroglyphs greet you at the mouth of Grapevine Ca...
The view from the top of Trac II. The Space Needle upper left and Dali Dome lower right.
The view from the top of Trac II. The Space Needle...
The rocks of Christmas Tree Pass
BETA PHOTO: The rocks of Christmas Tree Pass
Dr. Bombay just past the crux.
Dr. Bombay just past the crux.
The rocks of Christmas Tree Pass
BETA PHOTO: The rocks of Christmas Tree Pass
The Space Needle has two 5.10b face routes on it - a 4 pitch and a 5 pitch route. See: <a href='http://www.rockclimbing.com/routes/North_America/United_States/Nevada/Southern_Nevada/Christmas_Tree_Pass/Space_Needle/' target='_blank' rel='nofollow' >rockclimbing.com/routes/North_...</a>
The Space Needle has two 5.10b face routes on it -...
The rocks of Christmas Tree Pass
BETA PHOTO: The rocks of Christmas Tree Pass
Christmas Tree Pass Panorama looking South.
Christmas Tree Pass Panorama looking South.
Nancy on Tough Animals, 5.9+, Dali Dome, Christmas Tree Pass
Nancy on Tough Animals, 5.9+, Dali Dome, Christmas...
Dr. Bombay revealed
Dr. Bombay revealed
The eastern half of the main area as seen from the road to Christmas Tree Pass.  Some climbs are noted.
BETA PHOTO: The eastern half of the main area as seen from the...
The summit pitch of Trac II.
The summit pitch of Trac II.

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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From: Vegas
Mar 12, 2008
A great area to explore, to say the very least.

Don't forget to stop off in CalNevAri at their restaurant (bar, and casino). A favorite hang-out over the years on my desert runs. Their food is yummy, and they make many of their food items from scratch. FYI: may be more crowded on some weekends due to "Fly-Ins." A friendly bunch though.
By Andrew Solow
Oct 18, 2009
FYI: Most of the 30 or so routes that have been done at Christmas Tree Pass since 1976 - including Manny Rangel's - are posted at: rockclimbing.com/routes/North_...

I just posted some photos on the Mountain Project site, but it's too much trouble to re-post all of the routes.

Andy Solow, San Francisco, CA
By meghan c.
From: san antonio, tx
Nov 26, 2009
Weekend trips to X-mas Tree Pass? I live nearby and would love to climb here this winter. PM me if you'd like to climb here or other areas in this patch of desert.
By russellHOBART
From: Davidson, NC
Feb 5, 2010
Great bad weather alternative to Red Rocks

We got snowed out in Red Rocks and this made for an adventure. It's not for the faint of heart. Every route we did (only 5 routes) peeled through layers of rock like an onion. Think of it as having the technical aspects of slab climbing with the flying projectile fun of ice climbing. That said we had a fantastic time and being granite we didn't have to wait for it to dry out after the rain. I'm trying to organize this section on MP and I don't know much about the area so if any locals have suggestions let me know.
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Apr 22, 2010

Please be aware that there is currently a draft wilderness management plan in effect for this area and that it is currently ILLEGAL to place new bolts in the area!

If you climb here, please contact myself or the LVCLC ASAP! We need your input and help to protect this climbing resource!
By Gary Schenk
Dec 5, 2013
Been going there since 2002, and have helped with a lot of bolt replacement. There's quite a lot of new bolts in place. H and R Block, and Dali Dome have had the really bad ones replaced over the last few years.

Lots of routes, the page here barely scratches the surface. There's bad rock, and really good rock. Some very outstanding routes here, just a matter of finding them.
By sonvclimbing
From: bolder city
Mar 11, 2014
WARNING: this place is very much so, not dog friendly due to all the cholla cactus.
By Mark Fletcher
Mar 13, 2014

There is another draft management plan that proposes to restrict climbing here as well as remove climbs and bolts. Please comment by March 23 deadline. Go to the Access Fund Current Issues webpage to comment.
By manuel rangel
From: Tempe, Arizona
Mar 13, 2014
I have done some climbing in this area and it is worth keeping open for climbing. Not all the cracks are clean enough to climb. There is a ton of climbing potential and quite a bit of bolt protected face.

To make your voice heard, please follow this link asap: accessfund.org/c.tmL5KhNWLrH/b...