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Simply put, the Hood is the most important/best cliff on Mt. Charleston, and is world famous for its incredible concentration of high-quality hard routes. There are many reasons for the Hood's popularity including a short-peasant approach, cool summer air, beautiful alpine surroundings, and most importantly the glassy smooth white limestone that is punctuated by soaring lines of pockets. The quality of the routes go up with the grades, and the Hood boasts four separate limestone caves all with excellent steep routes.
Take S.R. 57 from I-95 all the way past the Mt. Charleston hotel into Kyle Canyon. Follow this road as it winds up the hill until you encounter a sharp left-turning bend in the road. Immediately before this bend, turn right off of the road onto Echo Rd. and continue uphill past the signs toward the Mary Jane Falls turn-off. A short distance farther ahead is the small parking area for the hood at Trail Canyon. If this parking area is full park at the Mary Jane Falls trailhead parking and hike up to the Trail Canyon trailhead.
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Heating Up the Hood 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a NV : Mt. Charleston : ... : Pine Tree Ledge
To all the 'hardmen' (and women) this is considered the warm-up for the harder pocketed problems. I consider it a great route on its own merits. A mix of face, crack, and pocket climbing technique can be used. ...[more] Browse More Classics in NV
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