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Dinosaur Rock

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Big Bang S 
Bloodshot T 
Color Me Gone S 
Deadman's Rappel S 
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End of Time T 
Evolution of Man S 
Gash, The S 
Green Hell S 
Left Seam, The S 
PA Corner T 
Sauron's Nest T,S 
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Dinosaur Rock  

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Location: 39.1142, -119.799 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Scott "Scoboni" Powell on Feb 19, 2006
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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 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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.0 miles from here

12 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

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'   
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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Featured Route For Dinosaur Rock
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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

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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?
Sep 22, 2013
Regarding Deadmans Rappel which on this site some are calling the gash,,,, A rather SERIOUS accident occurred on this climb recently. The large block just up and left of the first bolt was pulled off by a climber off route, resulting in broken arms and an amputated leg.

This block had bee messed with prior to the accident by someone gardening the squaw tea brush around it, which then loosened the block which by pics provided had begun to lean outward. The dirt and rubble holding it in place being washed out by rains and snows. It was the ready to topple off IF someone grabbed it. Which happened and resulted in dire consequence.

My point here is that IF you decides to clean some brush, or around obvious loose blocks which the brush interact with, go ahead and trundle to pos block. Other wise its just another time bomb. That block and brush had been there for at least 37 years that i know of but that gardening made it go from stable to dangerous in a season or two. The route is popular and has seen thousands of ascents. All of which by passed the block well to the left as the route goes. But one errant grab is all it took..
By Shawn.Brandon
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.
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