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Elevation: 3,883 ft 1,184 m
GPS: 36.0345, -115.44963
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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 Suggest change

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 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
 1,379
Frogland
Trad 6 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 1,507
Epinephrine
Trad 13 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 776
Dream of Wild Turkeys
Trad 10 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 598
Sour Mash
Trad 6 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 458
Wholesome Fullback
Trad 2 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R
 98
Rock Warrior
Trad 6 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 884
Triassic Sands
Trad 6 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 194
Fiddler on the Roof
Trad 7 pitches
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R
 284
Our Father
Trad 3 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 150
The Delicate Sound of Thunder
Trad 2 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 139
Ixtlan
Trad 3 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 93
Texas Hold 'Em
Trad 9 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 31
Seduction Line
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5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 23
The Velvet Tongue
Trad 6 pitches
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13
 36
Desert Gold
Trad 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Frogland Whiskey Peak > N Face
 1,379
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 6 pitches
Epinephrine Black Velvet Wall
 1,507
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 13 pitches
Dream of Wild Turkeys Black Velvet Wall
 776
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 10 pitches
Sour Mash Black Velvet Wall
 598
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 6 pitches
Wholesome Fullback Whiskey Peak > N Face
 458
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Rock Warrior Black Velvet Wall
 98
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R Trad 6 pitches
Triassic Sands Whiskey Peak > N Face
 884
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad 6 pitches
Fiddler on the Roof Black Velvet Wall
 194
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad 7 pitches
Our Father Whiskey Peak > N Face
 284
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b R Trad 3 pitches
The Delicate Sound of Thunder Whiskey Peak > N Face
 150
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
Ixtlan Whiskey Peak > N Face
 139
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 3 pitches
Texas Hold 'Em Texas Wall / W Velvet…
 93
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad 9 pitches
Seduction Line Monument
 31
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
The Velvet Tongue Texas Wall / W Velvet…
 23
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Trad 6 pitches
Desert Gold Monument
 36
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c PG13 Trad 2 pitches
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