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Located just south of Carson City, Dinosaur Rock has climbs ranging from 5.0 to 5.11. It is an excellent place for learning to climb as it offers both trad and sport climbs. The rock is deteriorated granite, but solid. It is right next to Clear Creek, so there is plenty of shade in the summer. However, the east side climbs are exposed to the sun most of the day. Best time to climb there is from late spring to early fall. It's not usually crowded. In my photos, I have only indicated the beginning and end of the climbs as most of climbs are bolted or follow obvious lines. In the future I will add updated photos. If you need more specifics there is a good rendering of Dinosuar Rock at Lon and Kelle' Harter's website. There is a Super Wal-Mart at the junction of Highway 395 and Clear Creek Road, if you need supplies before or after you climb.
From Reno or Carson City, take Highway 395 south until you get to Highway 50. Take Clear Creek Road, which is the first right past Highway 50, back about a mile or so. Note: Clear Creek Road is not maintained by the county and can be icy or snowy in the winter. In addition, as a courtesy to local residents, please park completely off the road.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Dinosaur Rock:
Sauron's Nest 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
End of Time 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, 35'
Evolution of Man 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 96'
Deadman's Rappel 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
The Gash 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, 130'
Color Me Gone 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport, 70'
Bloodshot 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 60'
PA Corner 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 35'
The Left Seam 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, 60'
Big Bang 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 96'
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Color Me Gone 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a NV : Reno - Carson City : Dinosaur Rock
Start right under Green Hell and traverse up and right to the prominent bulge/crack. Bring 2" cam to protect before first bolt, otherwise run out with bad fall potential. Climb up crack system, Clip third bolt, and traverse left. These are some fun moves. Finish up on the Left Seam....[more] Browse More Classics in NV