BETA PHOTO: Mustang Ranch from approach. Photo by Blitzo.
These small crags lie to the east of Brownie Girl Dome
and southwest of Bear Island
and about 3/4 of a mile from the parking lot.
It is actually two small formations.
Most of the routes are on the east-side of both formations.
The Mustang Ranch was a brothel, located in Mustang, Nevada, 8 miles east of Reno. In 1971, Virginia City local, Joe Comforte opened The Mustang Ranch, Nevada's first licensed Brothel. It operated into the 1990s, when The I.R.S. took over the operation to recover back taxes. Mr. Comforte left the country, never to be seen again.
Hike the Wonderland Trail for about 3/4 mile, there will be a boulder on the right side of the trail with a dike across the bottom. Mustang Ranch is a short walk northwest from near this point.
Weather station 9.0 miles from here
9 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',6],['Bomb',0]
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Padded Handcuffs 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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This is the short, unprotected, vertical dike at the far right side of the north face of the south formation. It's a cool clean dike and more of a boulder problem than a route. Guide books give it a 5.9 rating, although I haven't checked Randy's latest guide. I thought it was more like 5.7. There is a chimney behind it, that can be used as a descent (easy Class 5)....[more] Browse More Classics in CA
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Mustang Ranch-both formations. Photo by Blitzo.
Mustang Ranch-East Formation-East Face. Photo by B...
Mustang Ranch-West Formation, East Face, center. P...
By Chris D
From: the couch
Oct 23, 2011
There's a couple of big glue-in eye bolts near the top of Pahrump that can be used to rap off the top of the west (higher) formation to the east, but be prepared to work your ass off to get your rope back after rapping...lots of friction on the gob of choss up top that you rap off of.
Didn't look too hard for a downclimb, but next time I think I'll look a little harder.