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Pine Creek Canyon

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Pine Creek Canyon 


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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.


154 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Pine Creek Canyon:
Cat in the Hat   5.6 4c 14 V S 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 650'   Mescalito
Birdland   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 600'   Brass Wall
Dark Shadows   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 350'   Mescalito
Topless Twins   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   Brass Wall
Straight Shooter   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Straight Shooter Wall
Y2K   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Mescalito
Small Purchase   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Magic Mountain
The Next Century   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b PG13     Trad, 2 pitches, 210'   Mescalito
Stick Left   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   Stick Gully
Dog Police   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 155'   Magic Mountain - East
Risky Business   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b R     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Mescalito
Out of Control   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 130'   Out of Control area
Mushroom People   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Brass Wall
Challenger   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 560'   Challenger Wall
Adventure Punks   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b     Trad, 5 pitches, 550'   Challenger Wall
Jupiter II   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   Challenger Wall
Drifting   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a PG13     Trad, 5 pitches, 520'   Jet Stream Wall
Excellent Adventure   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a R     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Mescalito
Parental Guidance   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a R     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Mescalito
Jet Stream   5.12+ 7c 28 IX E6 6b     Trad, 6 pitches, 650'   Jet Stream Wall
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Featured Route For Pine Creek Canyon
Community Pillar, with variations

Community Pillar 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a  NV : Red Rock : ... : Magic Mountain
This is a beautiful line directly up the middle of the Community Pillar formation. There are many opportunities for variations, and you could climb the route several times and have widely differing experiences. The choices aren't always obvious, so some explanation is in order.The start: The "normal" start is in enclosed chimney and goes behind the right side of a huge (cabin-sized) chockstone. This is very tight and scary for a big guy, but the slender and flexible seem to scamper right up. T...[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

Photos of Pine Creek Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
Succulent-Pine Creek Canyon. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Succulent-Pine Creek Canyon.
Photo by Blitzo.
Pine Creek Canyon at night
Pine Creek Canyon at night
Pine creek canyon and Mescalito after a summer thunder storm
Pine creek canyon and Mescalito after a summer thu...
Pine Creek sentinel.
Pine Creek sentinel.
irony at the pine creek canyon trailhead
irony at the pine creek canyon trailhead
Pine Creek Canyon from the top of Cat in the Hat.
Pine Creek Canyon from the top of Cat in the Hat.
Pine Creek locals.
Pine Creek locals.
 Pisces Wall
Pisces Wall
Red Throbber Spire.  <br />Photo by Blitzo
Red Throbber Spire.
Photo by Blitzo
Natural divingboard-Pine Creek Canyon. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Natural divingboard-Pine Creek Canyon.
Photo by Bl...
Spring in the desert.
Spring in the desert.
Big horn at the base of Brass Wall
Big horn at the base of Brass Wall
crystal clear waters in Pine Creek
crystal clear waters in Pine Creek
Over-zoomed photo of big horn herd around the corner from Brass Wall.  Must have been 15-20 of them.
Over-zoomed photo of big horn herd around the corn...
Cool rock in pine creek canyon
Cool rock in pine creek canyon
Red Throbber Spire
Red Throbber Spire
View from near trailhead in late November afternoon.
View from near trailhead in late November afternoo...
Mescalito. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Mescalito.
Photo by Blitzo.
More spring color.
More spring color.
Trumpetflowers in Pine Creek.
Trumpetflowers in Pine Creek.
Early morning, Pine Creek Canyon.
Early morning, Pine Creek Canyon.
Boulder-Pine Creek Canyon. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Boulder-Pine Creek Canyon.
Photo by Blitzo.
awesome features on a boulder
awesome features on a boulder
Pine Creek. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Pine Creek.
Photo by Blitzo.
Pine Creek Canyon. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Pine Creek Canyon.
Photo by Blitzo.
Greg Jackson at the crux on 'Mushroom People' 5.10+
Greg Jackson at the crux on 'Mushroom People' 5.10...
Summer Rain!!!
Summer Rain!!!
On the approch to Pine Creek Canyon
On the approch to Pine Creek Canyon
In my experience (limited), I've never heard or seen any mention of this awesome looking wall.
In my experience (limited), I've never heard or se...
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