Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details

Description

The Black Corridor is an extremely popular area for 5.9-5.10 sport climbing. Usually shady apart from midday when the sun shines directly down into the corridor, this area tends to have it's own micro climate and is sheltered from the wind and climbable year-round.

Human waste is a major problem here: You'll notice the smell of urine as you enter the corridor as well as a Wag bag dispenser. Please use the Wag bags or return to the trailhead bathroom. If you have to urinate, please walk much further than "around the corner" to do your business.

The corridor can become extremely crowded - a little courtesy (keeping your equipment organized and out of the way of traffic, using your indoor voices, and keeping your children, pets, and significant others under control are all greatly encouraged).

The area is subdivided into two sections (the upper and lower levels) which are separated by a pile of boulders.

Getting There

Follow the trail from the parking lot until it drops down into the lower wash. Continue walking through the wash and up and over slickrock passing several pools of water to another wash. Cross this sandy wash to another rib of slickrock. Up and over this into a narrow wash which is followed to the entrance to the lower level.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Black Corridor

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 247
Dancin' with a God
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 440
Vagabonds
Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 207
Fools Gold
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 271
Burros Might Fly
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 283
Burros Don't Gamble
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 162
The Heavy Hitter
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 300
Idiot Parade (aka Need to Rest)
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 304
Nightmare on Crude Street
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 209
Friend
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 366
Rebel Without a Pause
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 99
Unknown 5.11a (AKA Black Corrido…
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 163
Foe
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 121
Psychobilly
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 78
Hips Don't Lie (aka Punch Drunk)
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 78
Livin' on Borrowed Time
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dancin' with a God Upper Level > Upper Level - Left
 247
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Vagabonds Lower Level > Lower Level - Left
 440
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Fools Gold Upper Level > Upper Level - Left
 207
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Burros Might Fly Lower Level > Lower Level - Right
 271
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Sport
Burros Don't Gamble Lower Level > Lower Level - Right
 283
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Heavy Hitter Lower Level > Lower Level - Right
 162
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Idiot Parade (aka Need to R… Lower Level > Lower Level - Right
 300
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Nightmare on Crude Street Lower Level > Lower Level - Right
 304
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Friend Lower Level > Lower Level - Right
 209
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Rebel Without a Pause Upper Level > Upper Level - Right
 366
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Unknown 5.11a (AKA Black Co… Lower Level > Lower Level - Left
 99
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Foe Lower Level > Lower Level - Right
 163
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Psychobilly Lower Level > Lower Level - Right
 121
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Hips Don't Lie (aka Punch D… Lower Level > Lower Level - Right
 78
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Livin' on Borrowed Time Upper Level > Upper Level - Right
 78
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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J W
Las Vegas, NV
J W   Las Vegas, NV
Foe got its mangled hanger replaced this spring.

I am semi-concerned about that route, though- the entire crux bulge is not attached to the rock at all...a little disconcerting when i was drilling into a giant hollow piece of rock! Jul 27, 2010
Most of the Corridor now has new bolts/hangers. John Wilder, Scott Massey, Dave Retzlaff, Cassondra Long, Mike Bond, and many others helped out. Many thanks! Now the rest of you, donate to the ASCA please. May 9, 2011
John Hegyes
Las Vegas, NV
John Hegyes   Las Vegas, NV
The new bolts are great. Thanks a lot! Jul 14, 2011
Eric-D
Las Vegas, nv
Eric-D   Las Vegas, nv
Hope this helps. Map from the 2nd pullout parking lot to the entrance of Black Corridor. This is for 1 of 3 possible routes and does go around the potholes for when they are full of water.

maps.google.com/maps/ms?msi… Jul 31, 2011
J W
Las Vegas, NV
J W   Las Vegas, NV
@Eric-D- that map is not correct. the approach drops into the wash on the right before breaking left onto the low slabs left of the pot-hole slot. Jul 31, 2011
Eric-D
Las Vegas, nv
Eric-D   Las Vegas, nv
John it is easier to take the wash. I will make sure to take that route next time and replace the map. Aug 5, 2011
Eric-D
Las Vegas, nv
Eric-D   Las Vegas, nv
I have sorted the routes from left to right. The routes start at the lower level left side, then to the upper level left, then to the upper level right side, then finally the right lower level. The routes go clockwise from the first route on the left around to the first route on the right.

There are a few routes in middle of the lower right area that may be out of order. Please let me know if there are any changes that need to be made.

Eric Aug 9, 2011
hasan Adil
portland,me
hasan Adil   portland,me
Was there a few days ago, there's a 10c/d route, it was maybe third or fourth route on left when you enter. It has a big undercling flake w an X on it and its very fragile. It may be a good idea to break that off before it "falls on its own"/"climber steps on it" and it hits someone in the head or the belayer in the face. May 24, 2012
Henri Alexander
Las Vegas
Henri Alexander   Las Vegas
This area is a must for single pitch sport climbers and top-ropers alike. The rock is super solid and there are over 30 routes stacked into this narrow corridor that almost makes it look like an outdoor gym. While it can get pretty crowded, there is enough space and routes for all. Dec 3, 2014
Matt.C
Henderson, NV
Matt.C   Henderson, NV
Please don't smoke in the Corridor. Mar 18, 2015
C Archibolt
Salt Lake City, UT
C Archibolt   Salt Lake City, UT
This was the most dangerous climbing I've done in Red Rock, and not because of bad bolts... because there was a party on every single climb and no matter where you sat, you were in the danger zone. Climbers were kicking down rocks and dropping quick draws. The place was nuts. I had to leave and go do long trad routes because I feared for my safety. Sep 19, 2015
Was climbing here on staurday february 11th at the end of the black corridor when we were hit by a flash flood. I had to leave two black diamond draws on the wall at the very back of the canyon, I also had a friend lose a sling with a few locking beaners on it. if you find these up here we would really appreciate getting them back. will pay for postage and buy you a beer. Thanks and enjoy.

-Sam Feb 13, 2017
Josh Janes    
A flash flood? I haven't heard that one before! Feb 13, 2017
Feb 14, 2017
a Ball
Denver, CO
a Ball   Denver, CO
A total zoo on a Thursday morning in March. Is it ever quiet here? The one route we did was fun, but not worth the crowds... Apr 1, 2017
Ryan K  
To the really nice couple from Colorado that loaned me a long draw on Dec 23. We looked for you after our climb and couldn’t find you, your stuff was gone, pretty sure you had moved on to another spot. We tied up the long draw to a fence post at the entrance of the 2nd pull out. Hope you found it on your way out! Dec 25, 2018 · Lost & Found