BETA PHOTO: Topo image for The Promised Land.
This crag is not for the faint of heart. The approach is replete with a rough dirt road and a 1hr hike up hill. If that sounds like fun then you will be well rewarded with some of the best limestone tufa pullin' in the country.
The Promised Land is climbable all year. During the winter the wall gets sun until around 2:30. Plan on climbing in the sun if it's below 60 in Vegas. Plan on climbing in the shade if it's above 65 in Vegas. During the hotter months the sun is high enough in the sky that most of the wall is in the shade all day, however, the hike up can be brutal. It is usually breezy and cool in the shade so bring something warm for when you're not climbing.
Typically there is nobody else at the wall. If you're tired of the crowds at Red Rocks, you don't mind hiking, and you are interested in climbing 5.12 - 5.14 then this crag is a really great option.
- ***(An all wheel drive car with decent clearance is recommended to minimize the hike.)
From Vegas follow Charleston Blvd West until you see a sign on the right for the "Scenic Loop Road". This is around 4.5 miles from the intersection of Desert Foothills Dr and Charleston Blvd.
Proceed to the pay station where you must pay for either a day pass $7 or a one year pass $30. From the pay station you will follow the scenic loop for 7.2mi until you reach Rock Gap Rd. Turn right and follow Rocky Gap Rd. until it turns to dirt. (There are several pullouts along the way so if the road seems too rocky you can pull over and hike the rest.) Follow the dirt road for around .75mi. Park at a parking area on the left side of the road directly opposite the La Madre Springs Trailhead. Hike up the road until you reach two big rocks with cairns on them. If you reach a really red embankment followed by a large pullout on the right you have gone too far. Turn around walk 250yards back down the road and look for the cairns on your left.
From the cairns, hike up the hill and follow an old 4-wheel drive road. Follow this road up hill for ~20min (.5 miles) and look for a large rock arrow pointing toward the start of the climbers trail. Walk along the climbers trail for another 5min, up and down some hills, ultimately dropping down into a limestone wash. Follow cairns in the limestone wash for around 40 minutes. At this point the cairns should lead you to the right, across the gully and up a steep hill towards the crag. From the start of the climbers trail to the crag is around 1.1 miles and the whole hike takes around an hour and a half.
Weather station 5.9 miles from here
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BETA PHOTO: The Promised Land as seen from the approach.
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By Cultivating Mass
Feb 17, 2014
Pretty cool to see these routes getting some action. 10 out of ten Vegas sport climbers won't make the hike out there to this beautiful spot, but I've enjoyed it every time. Lots of cool features. Really peaceful and worthwhile.
Did I mention that the hike's an hour? Yep, you'll have it to yourselves.
Feb 23, 2014
@VaGenius, it's definitely a brutal hike, but it's so nice to drive by all the crowded crags in Red Rocks and then have the whole wall to yourself.
By Cultivating Mass
Feb 28, 2014
Fully agree. I much prefer the solitude scene to the average Saturday at the drilled out depravity scenes. Pinching a feature is way more interesting than tweaking a suspicious or worse pocket.