Dinosaur Rock Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: Dinosaur Rock - East and South Face Climbs
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 (used to be)
a good rendering of Dinosuar Rock at Lon and Kelle' Harter's website at harter-climbing.aci.net/Homepa... (editor's note: now defunct)
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.
Weather station 3.0 miles from here
12 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Dinosaur Rock
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Dinosaur Rock:
Sauron's Nest 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
The Gash 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, 130'
Big Bang 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 96'
Featured Route For Dinosaur Rock
By Scott "Scoboni" Powell
From: Reno, Nevada
Mar 4, 2006
Just a quick note. I will adding to this site periodically as I just started climbing there last year. I should have the beta for all the routes completed by early-to-mid summer. Also there are more Reno/Carson City climbing areas to come.
By matt morgan
Aug 3, 2009
There is now rappel chains on all the routes that can be lead. (Except at the top of the .11 arete, but can be cleaned by leading any route on the main face, lowering and cleaning.)
Also, does anyone know what the 3 bolt route, down by the river is graded?
From: Carson City, NV
Aug 13, 2014
Update on the loose rock. There is a lot of it on most lines here, especially near the top. Be aware as you near the top of scrabble and pebbles and that your belayer is prepared for the rain of rocks. Not all the routes are bad but there in need of some deep cleaning. May or may not be possible due to the make up of this area. IMHO Wear a HELMET the moment you have crossed the creek.
From: Washougal, WA
Sep 2, 2015
Found a helmet here on 9/2. It is a name written inside but no number. Let me know if it's yours and I'll send it back.