Elevation: 3,885 ft
GPS: 36.035, -115.45 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Mike Morley on Feb 16, 2004 · Updates
Admins: Larry DeAngelo, Aaron Mc, Justin Johnsen
Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details

Description

The crown jewel of Red Rocks.

Camping is NOT permitted at the trailhead (parking area) and violators will be ticketed. Legal camping can be found 2 miles east of the Visitor Center on Hwy 159 for $20 per night per site (online reservations highly recommended).

IMPORTANT: Waste bags are provided by the Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council in order to reduce human waste issues at the crags and boulders. Please feel free to take one, use as directed, and dispose of in any trash receptacle. Please do not leave them lying around, and do not throw them in the toilets at the parking areas. The project was funded primarily by the American Alpine Club's Cornerstone Conservation Grant, with additional funding from the Access Fund and Mountain Gear. Please do your part to be a good steward of this amazing climbing area.

Getting There

Unlike much of the Red Rocks area, Black Velvet Canyon is NOT accessed via the Scenic Loop Road. Instead, from the Red Rock Canyon Campground (a.k.a. "13 Mile Campground"), drive southeast on Hwy 159. At the intersection with Hwy 160 (gas station w/ good beer selection), turn right (west) for approximately 4.5 miles towards Pahrump. Be on the lookout for a pullout and road on the right-hand (north) side. There is a paved parking lot here (called the "Latenight Trailhead" by the mountain bike set) with rest rooms. Follow the dirt road north from the parking area. After a mile or two the road makes a left turn (west) at a usually closed gate and ends at a parking area near the mouth of the canyon. Although fairly bumpy, 2WD vehicles **should** be okay on this road. Park and follow the well-defined trail from here. Count on a half hour to 1 hour for approach.

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Classic Climbing Routes at 16-Black Velvet Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 1,110
Frogland
Trad 6 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 1,171
Epinephrine
Trad 13 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 622
Dream of Wild Turkeys
Trad 7 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 483
Sour Mash
Trad 6 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 152
The Gobbler
Trad 3 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 379
Wholesome Fullback
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 83
Yellow Brick Road
Trad, Sport 5 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 86
Rock Warrior
Trad 6 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 686
Triassic Sands
Trad 6 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 331
Prince of Darkness
Trad, Sport 6 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 164
Fiddler on the Roof
Trad 7 pitches
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
 233
Our Father
Trad 3 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 117
The Delicate Sound of Thunder
Trad 2 pitches
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 89
Only the Good Die Young
Trad 5 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 115
Ixtlan
Trad 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Frogland Whiskey Peak > N Face
 1,110
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 6 pitches
Epinephrine Black Velvet Wall
 1,171
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 13 pitches
Dream of Wild Turkeys Black Velvet Wall
 622
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 7 pitches
Sour Mash Black Velvet Wall
 483
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
The Gobbler Black Velvet Wall
 152
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
Wholesome Fullback Whiskey Peak > N Face
 379
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Yellow Brick Road Black Velvet Wall
 83
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport 5 pitches
Rock Warrior Black Velvet Wall
 86
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad 6 pitches
Triassic Sands Whiskey Peak > N Face
 686
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
Prince of Darkness Black Velvet Wall
 331
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport 6 pitches
Fiddler on the Roof Black Velvet Wall
 164
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 7 pitches
Our Father Whiskey Peak > N Face
 233
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R Trad 3 pitches
The Delicate Sound of Thunder Whiskey Peak > N Face
 117
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Only the Good Die Young Whiskey Peak > N Face
 89
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 5 pitches
Ixtlan Whiskey Peak > N Face
 115
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 3 pitches
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