The La Madre range consists of low-elevation limestone cliffs that are located very close to town. These cliffs are great for an afternoon climbing session, or an all day outing. There is a good diversity of difficulty ranges (5.8-5.13) found at the La Madre cliffs, and the rock quality is good, albeit VERY sharp in some places. However, don't let this deter you from climbing some of these lines, as some of the routes are GREAT!
The best time of year to climb at La Madre is from late fall to late spring, as the summer can be unbearably hot. Taking the extreme temperature changes of the desert into account, you can climb in the early morning or late evening so long as you avoid the direct sun.
NOTE: There has been A LOT of recent construction out near these cliffs. Be careful not to trespass on the property of the nice new housing developers out there...
NOTE #2: Much of the information included in this description was derived from the guidebook "Islands In The Sky," written by Dan McQuade, Randy Leavitt, and Mick Ryan. Proper credit should be given to these authors. If you find yourself climbing at these crags frequently, I would encourage you to pick up this guide, as it is excellent!
All of these cliffs are locates on the south escarpment of the La Madre Range of hills and mountains, in the northwest corner of Las Vegas. The significant landmark is the solitary Lone Mountain. As the included cliffs have various approaches you will need to look at the individual cliff descriptions to determine the best way of reaching the climbs. Most of these cliffs can be reached using a normal vehicle, but some may require high-clearance.
Weather station 8.5 miles from here
23 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for La Madre (South):
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Unnamed 5.10 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a NV
: Lone Mountain
: ... : Urban Crag
This was my favorite route at the crag. It has some length and variety. Start out in a section of opposing corners with some stemming, climb left along an intermittent crack for a while, then pull a bulge on sharp holds to head for the anchors. Islands in the Sky rates this 5.10, the older Brock Vegas Limestone book rated it 5.10a, but I felt it was easier than any of the other 5.10 routes at the crag.Please don't TR directly through the open cold shuts, use your own equipment so they don't w...[more] Browse More Classics in NV
By Jeff McJenn
Jul 25, 2012
be careful climbing at the Gun Club during the hot months. My friend and I were about to do a route on the right wall and while looking up into a large pocket immediately after the 5.11 corner and there we saw no less than about 70 bees swarming around, making the sky have a blackish tint...uber sketchy..
By Erik in NC
From: Greensboro, NC
Apr 16, 2013
Was trying to get to the Water World area today and was stopped by an employee from the rock quarry. Was informed that the area is off limits to non-authorized personal.