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Pine Creek Canyon

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Pine Creek Canyon Rock Climbing 


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Somewhere up the south fork of Pine Creek in April...

RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. MORE INFO >>>

Description 

Pine Creek has a bit of everything. Multipitch classics such as Dark Shadows, Cat in the Hat, and Community Pillar. Excellent crag routes on the Brass Wall and in the Flight Path area. The summit of Mescalito Tower is accessible to the adventurous. The stream usually has year-round water (at least in places), and of course, pine trees adding their evergreen flavor to the desert setting.

Getting There 

To get to the Pine Creek trailhead, drive in on the scenic loop road for about 10.5 miles to the parking area. The hike starts on a short downhill section. It reaches an intersection Dale Trail, which leads north and provides access to the Flight Path. Further, in the vicinity of the "old homestead," (which is now just a concrete foundation near the stream), the Arnight Trail leads south to the Rose Tower, Juniper Canyon, and Crimson Chrysalis. The main area of Pine Creek is reached by continuing on the main trail straight ahead to the west.

Climbing Season



Weather station 3.5 miles from here

179 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',13],['3 Stars',64],['2 Stars',62],['1 Star',29],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',10],['5.7',16],['5.8',22],['5.9',28],['5.10',66],['5.11',25],['5.12',5],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',2],['V2-3',4],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',1],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Pine Creek Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Pine Creek Canyon:
Cat in the Hat   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 650'   Mescalito
Birdland   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Brass Wall
Dark Shadows   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   Mescalito
Dark Shadows (Full)   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 10 pitches, 1000'   Mescalito
Topless Twins   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Brass Wall
Straight Shooter   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Straight Shooter Wall
Y2K   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Mescalito
The Next Century   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 210'   Mescalito
Mushroom People   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Brass Wall
Out of Control   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   Out of Control area
Risky Business   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Mescalito
Fear and Loathing   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Gemstone Gully
Adventure Punks   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 550'   Challenger Wall
Parental Guidance   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Mescalito
Challenger   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 560'   Challenger Wall
Bloodline   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 4 pitches, 480'   Mescalito
Excellent Adventure   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Mescalito
Jupiter II   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Challenger Wall
Drifting   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13     Trad, 5 pitches, 520'   Jet Stream Wall
Jet Stream   5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b     Trad, 6 pitches, 650'   Jet Stream Wall
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Featured Route For Pine Creek Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Danger Will Robinson!

Lost in Space 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  NV : Red Rock : ... : Challenger Wall
The Lost in Space finish is a classic final pitch variation to Jupiter 2, adding more fantastic 5.11+ climbing to an already stacked route. Instead of climbing the standard last pitch of Jupiter 2 - a hand crack in a flare - step left and climb the steep fingers lieback immediately next to it. Well-protected but punchy climbing leads to a rest where one can momentarily step right before once again committing to the lefthand system via a steep and exciting crux. Finish at the shared anchor above....[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

Photos of Pine Creek Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Pine Creek Canyon at night
Pine Creek Canyon at night
Rock Climbing Photo: Pine Creek sentinel.
Pine Creek sentinel.
Rock Climbing Photo: Succulent-Pine Creek Canyon. Photo by Blitzo.
Succulent-Pine Creek Canyon. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Pine creek canyon and Mescalito after a summer thu...
Pine creek canyon and Mescalito after a summer thu...
Rock Climbing Photo: Pine Creek Canyon from the top of Cat in the Hat.
Pine Creek Canyon from the top of Cat in the Hat.
Rock Climbing Photo: irony at the pine creek canyon trailhead
irony at the pine creek canyon trailhead
Rock Climbing Photo: This guy was casually skirting the cliff band whil...
This guy was casually skirting the cliff band whil...
Rock Climbing Photo: Pine Creek locals.
Pine Creek locals.
Rock Climbing Photo: Natural divingboard-Pine Creek Canyon. Photo by Bl...
Natural divingboard-Pine Creek Canyon. Photo by Bl...
Rock Climbing Photo: Red Throbber Spire.  Photo by Blitzo
Red Throbber Spire. Photo by Blitzo
Rock Climbing Photo: Spring in the desert.
Spring in the desert.
Rock Climbing Photo: Big horn at the base of Brass Wall
Big horn at the base of Brass Wall
Rock Climbing Photo: Pine Creek Canyon. Photo by Blitzo.
Pine Creek Canyon. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Mescalito. Photo by Blitzo.
Mescalito. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Over-zoomed photo of big horn herd around the corn...
Over-zoomed photo of big horn herd around the corn...
Rock Climbing Photo: Red Throbber Spire
Red Throbber Spire
Rock Climbing Photo: View from near trailhead in late November afternoo...
View from near trailhead in late November afternoo...
Rock Climbing Photo: crystal clear waters in Pine Creek
crystal clear waters in Pine Creek
Rock Climbing Photo: More spring color.
More spring color.
Rock Climbing Photo: Boulder-Pine Creek Canyon. Photo by Blitzo.
Boulder-Pine Creek Canyon. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Early morning, Pine Creek Canyon.
Early morning, Pine Creek Canyon.
Rock Climbing Photo: Pine Creek. Photo by Blitzo.
Pine Creek. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: awesome features on a boulder
awesome features on a boulder
Rock Climbing Photo: Trumpetflowers in Pine Creek.
Trumpetflowers in Pine Creek.

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