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 PG13 Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50 feet
End of Time 5.6 Trad, 35 feet
Evolution of Man 5.7 Sport, 1 pitch, 96 feet
Deadman's Rappel 5.7 Sport, 1 pitch, 90 feet
The Gash 5.7 Sport, 130 feet
Color Me Gone 5.9 Sport, 70 feet
PA Corner 5.10a Trad, 35 feet
The Left Seam 5.10a Sport, 60 feet
Big Bang 5.11b Sport, 1 pitch, 96 feet
Featured Route For Dinosaur Rock
Deadman's Rappel 5.7 NV : Reno - Carson City : Dinosaur Rock
Route 14 in photo. The first climb you see as you come out ot the trees from the parking area. Climb the short face to the first bolt and follow the arete to the left. Transition to the face on your right and continue straight up....[more] Browse More Classics in NV