Gorilla Rock Rock Climbing
This is a lovely little crag relatively stacked with good cracks. Lots of them are fatties, but there are a couple of great thin cracks here too. Not too many people come here due to the long vague approach, it's a pain to get to Gorilla Rock compared with just about everywhere else in Vedauwoo. Often regarded as a locals crag, pissed off locals please refer to Bob Scarpellis comments regarding who should be able to climb in the outlying areas of Vedauwoo contained in his 1987 guide to the outlying areas of Vedauwoo, The Cracksmen (rare book).
If approaching from the front of Reynolds Hill, continue to the left (west) around Reynolds Hill. Gorilla rock is the farthest hump west of Reynolds Hill and still more or less attached to it. As the trail wraps around and heads north, just after it passes north of the long arm of Gorilla Rock, you will see a large distinct freestanding swoopy boulder a little off the trail to the right. Walk toward this and look around for the trail that sprouts up somewhere around here. Follow this spotty trail into the thick forest, looking up the thickly forested hill to the right to get infrequent glimpses of Gorilla Rock. When you think you can see it, start bushwacking up this hill to get to Gorilla rock. No real path exists here, find your own way and don't abuse the landscape! Once at Gorilla rock you will encounter two alcoves side by side, containing several cracks each, and guarded by huge boulders.
If approaching from Parade Rock/Spelunk Spire/End Of The Road Rocks, walk just past Soft Parade and head for the gap between Reynolds Hill and the formation you can see toward the right. Aim for the formation to the right of Reynolds Hill that looks like it has the vague profile of a squatting gorilla scriped in with its fractures. Head off into the woods, mostly blindly, tending to the left and eventually up a small narrow pass between Reynolds Hill and another formation to the right (north), which is H and I crag. Once on this pass, hug the rock to your left, and eventually a vague trail will sprout, which is the same trail from the above description. Follow this for a few hundred feet, then follow the directions for the other approach.
Climbing Season For the Vedauwoo area.
Weather station 4.0 miles from here
10 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Gorilla Rock
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Gorilla Rock:
Slash 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Gloria 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
Featured Route For Gorilla Rock
Still a Gorilla 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a WY
: Gorilla Rock
This is a sandbag and is a beautiful route. It goes up a thin crack for about twenty feet, traverses right ten feet, then fires out a five foot roof, ending shortly thereafter.I was once asking Bob for thin crack recommendations, and he told me about this thing. "5.11+ bwa, ha, ha! That's a good, thin crack! Bwa ha, ha! Only me, Suzuki, and Petro have ever done it, bwa, ha, ha! Go do that one, bwa, ha, ha!" Bob only ever sandbags you to get you to go do something, he never really means any ...[more] Browse More Classics in WY
May 1, 2014
What's the badass lookin' OW just left of Gloria?
Aug 9, 2015
Right? How is that not listed anywhere?
Sep 21, 2015
Doing every route at Gorilla Rock in a day would prepare you for pretty much anything out there I think. All the routes are of a fairly high quality, some are 4 star rock climbs, and there is rarely a crowd.