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Elevation: 4,113 ft 1,254 m
GPS: 36.12356, -115.49031
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Shared By: Mike Morley on Feb 16, 2004
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Warning Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. DetailsDrop down

Description Suggest change

Pine Creek has a bit of everything. Multipitch classics such as Dark Shadows, Cat in the Hat, and Community Pillar. Excellent crag routes on the Brass Wall and in the Flight Path area. The summit of Mescalito Tower is accessible to the adventurous. The stream usually has year-round water (at least in places), and of course, pine trees adding their evergreen flavor to the desert setting.

Getting There Suggest change

To get to the Pine Creek trailhead, drive in on the scenic loop road for about 10.5 miles to the parking area. The hike starts on a short downhill section. It reaches an intersection Dale Trail, which leads north and provides access to the Flight Path. Further, in the vicinity of the "old homestead," (which is now just a concrete foundation near the stream), the Arnight Trail leads south to the Rose Tower, Juniper Canyon, and Crimson Chrysalis. The main area of Pine Creek is reached by continuing on the main trail straight ahead to the west.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Pine Creek Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 1,234
Cat in the Hat
Trad 6 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 1,653
Birdland
Trad 6 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 1,579
Dark Shadows
Trad 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 300
Dark Shadows (Full)
Trad 10 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 209
Community Pillar
Trad 8 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 532
Straight Shooter
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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 225
Mushroom People
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5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 108
The Next Century
Trad 2 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
 247
Risky Business
Trad 4 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 160
Out of Control
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5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13
 89
Challenger
Trad 4 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 114
Adventure Punks
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5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R
 59
Excellent Adventure
Trad 3 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
 154
Drifting
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5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 15
Jet Stream
Trad 6 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cat in the Hat Mescalito > Southeast Buttress
 1,234
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 6 pitches
Birdland Brass Wall
 1,653
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 6 pitches
Dark Shadows Mescalito > Dark Shadows Wall
 1,579
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 4 pitches
Dark Shadows (Full) Mescalito > Dark Shadows Wall
 300
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 10 pitches
Community Pillar Magic Mountain > N Face
 209
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 8 pitches
Straight Shooter Straight Shooter Wall
 532
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Mushroom People Brass Wall
 225
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
The Next Century Mescalito > E Face
 108
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Risky Business Mescalito > Dark Shadows Wall
 247
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Trad 4 pitches
Out of Control Out of Control Area
 160
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Challenger Challenger Wall
 89
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b PG13 Trad 4 pitches
Adventure Punks Challenger Wall
 114
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad 5 pitches
Excellent Adventure Mescalito > Dark Shadows Wall
 59
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R Trad 3 pitches
Drifting Jet Stream Wall
 154
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad 5 pitches
Jet Stream Jet Stream Wall
 15
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Trad 6 pitches
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