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Illusion Crags  

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Several classic single pitch trad routes can be found here at Illusion Crags. The routes on the left side face almost south and the routes continue around to the main cliff that faces east. The routes on the left generally have walkoffs, and on the main face the routes usually feature rappel anchors - these are long pitches and two ropes may be required to rap. Most of the first ascents out here were by Joe Herbst and friends.

Getting There 

There are two approaches to Illusion Crags. First is to approach as per Windy Canyon via the cutoff from Black Velvet Canyon Road. This may be preferable.

The shorter approach is also a dirt road - this may be a little more rough on your car but still generally manageable with 2WD. About a mile west of the BVC road turnoff from the highway, there is another turnoff on the right. Head off the highway to the north and follow the dirt road as it parallels the highway, heading west, into a stream bed. This stream bed features loose gravel and it's easy to get stuck in. After about a quarter mile from the highway, at a cairn, head north out of the stream bed then bear left when opportunities are presented. Stop at the small parking area that is closest to the Crags.

Once parked, head west, down into the wash and up across open desert to the cliff. There is a well marked trail if you can find it..

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.5 miles from here

14 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Illusion Crags:
First Lady of Magic   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   
Slight of Hand   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Arm Forces   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   
False Perception   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   
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Arm Forces

Arm Forces 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  NV : Red Rock : ... : Illusion Crags
This route is located on the far left side of the Illusion Crags, about 15 feet right of French Bulges in a prominent right facing corner that features three roofs. The route starts on a small belay ledge at a yucca, just below some bushes. Ascend the corner, working some cracks on the left side and then pull the roofs. Very fun. There is a two bolt anchor above the third roof, with some slings you can rappel off the route - a 60 meter rope reaches to about ten feet above the base of the climb, ...[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

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By John Hegyes
From: Las Vegas, NV
Nov 12, 2005
The guidebooks are a little confusing regarding this area. Swain and Brock contradict each other on the location and ordering of routes (especially Spell Me). So far, I've found Swain to be more accurate.
By M.Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Apr 1, 2007
I agree with John here. There are several routes in the older Swain guide not listed in the newer Brock guidebook. We had difficulty locating many of the routes based on the book descriptions.
By Stone Nude
Feb 6, 2012
Warm weather crag. French Bulges etc get a.m. sun, but the rest of the crag's way shady. For a full day hot times are the only times you want to be up here.
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