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Southern Outcrops Rock Climbing 

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


South of Windy Canyon, the cliffs get smaller and the mountainsides more broken up. There is still some good climbing on some small outcrops, and the crowds generally pass these areas up.

Getting There 

There are three main ways to gain access to these crags. The Chocolate Rocks area can be reached directly from Highway 160. If you are going to the Illusion Crags area and are looking for the easiest, but longer drive, start by following the Windy Peak aprroach, and then continue south for another mile or so to a parking area. A shorter approach to the Illusion Crags can be made on a more direct dirt road, but it requires a suitable car and confident driving.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.0 miles from here

33 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',12],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',5],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Southern Outcrops

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Southern Outcrops:
Sunday Cruise   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13     Trad, 3 pitches, 500'   Disappearing Buttress
Potzo's Pudding   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Chocolate Rocks
Prime Rib   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 4 pitches, 500'   Disappearing Buttress
Mc-Crack-En   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Chocolate Rocks
Zacker Cracker   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Chocolate Rocks
Combination Corner   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Chocolate Rocks
Shortcake   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Chocolate Rocks
Vanishing Act   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 500'   Disappearing Buttress
Slight of Hand   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Illusion Crags
Arm Forces   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Illusion Crags
Peanut Butter and Jam   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Chocolate Rocks
Spinach   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Chocolate Rocks
False Perception   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 140'   Illusion Crags
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Featured Route For Southern Outcrops
Rock Climbing Photo: 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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