Elevation: 3,244 ft
GPS: 37.155, -113.607 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Guy H. on Oct 28, 2004
Admins: Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, GRK, DCrane
Access Issue: Closed March 15 through June 30 Details

Description

These short, black, basalt walls are located very close to town. A warm micro environment on otherwise cold, sunny, winter days, the area is quite popular.

The area was developed with bolted sport lines in the mid-nineties by Tupper and Goss, but trad lines were done as early as the late eighties by Olvesky.

The routes are easily divided into a southeast-facing Sunny Side and a northwest-facing Shady Side.

The majority of the routes on the Sunny Side are in the 5.8 to 5.10 range. The Shady Side routes range from 5.8 to 5.13, with the largest number in the 5.10 range.

This is a great place after a big rain when all of the area's sandstone is wet, and when it is cold out.

Getting There

From downtown Saint George, drive north on Bluff Street (don't turn left towards Santa Clara). Drive approximately 1.5 miles past the turn to Snow Canyon State Park, passing the parking area for the Chuckawalla trailhead on the left.

Park here and walk north on the bike trail a hundred feet or so, then branch left onto the canyon trail. The trail crosses a fence with a tortoise barrier.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Black Rocks

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V3 6A PG13
 3
Cafe Late
Boulder
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
 33
The Fella's
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 82
Moses Had a Stick Clip
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 73
Cyclops
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 72
Welcome to Black Rocks
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 67
Galactic Cannibalism
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 78
Extinction
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 55
Lunar Orbit
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 72
Oh My Hell
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 36
What Was I Thinking
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 36
The Beginning
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 30
Black Friday
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 55
Gravitational Attraction
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 47
Flying off the Handle
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 3
Jumping to Conclusions
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cafe Late Black Rocks Boulders
 3
V3 6A PG13 Boulder
The Fella's Shady Side
 33
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13 Sport
Moses Had a Stick Clip Sunny Side
 82
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Cyclops Sunny Side
 73
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Welcome to Black Rocks Shady Side
 72
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Galactic Cannibalism Sunny Side
 67
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Extinction Shady Side
 78
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Lunar Orbit Sunny Side
 55
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Oh My Hell Sunny Side
 72
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
What Was I Thinking Shady Side
 36
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Beginning Shady Side
 36
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Black Friday Sunny Side
 30
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Gravitational Attraction Sunny Side
 55
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Flying off the Handle Shady Side
 47
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Jumping to Conclusions Shady Side
 3
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, TR
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