Bridge Mountain Rock Climbing
Routes in Bridge Mountain
|Northeast Arete T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a|
|GPS:||36.132, -115.502 Google Map · Climbing Map|
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DescriptionThis is the peak between Icebox and Pine Creek Canyons. The feature named on the topo map is not the highest point, 6761'. This makes it one of the highest points in Red Rocks (although not the highest).
Bridge Mountain is quite prominent from certain locations on the loop road. The summit itself is a bald fin of rock somewhat reminiscent of Half Dome. From most points on the loop road it is the major domelike summit at the top of Icebox Canyon.
RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details
Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN RED ROCKS during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (limestone, granite, basalt, and plastic) nearby. ***** HUMAN WASTE ***** Human waste is one of the major issues plaguing Red Rocks. The Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council identified this problem years ago and has worked to provide "wag bags" free of charge in several locations (Black Velvet, First Pullout, Kraft Mtn/Bouldering, The Gallery, and The Black Corridor). These bags are designed so that you can pack your waste out - consider bringing one to be part of your kit (just like your rope and shoes and lunch) no matter where you go. Once used, please dispose of them properly (do not throw them in the toilets at the parking areas). This project was funded primarily by the American Alpine Club
Getting ThereReaching Bridge Mountain from Icebox Canyon itself is complicated and rugged, I have not done it. A few routes are rumored high up on the Pine Creek side, perhaps adventurous climbers will add these.
There is a primitive trail up Bridge Mountain from the northwest. This makes a fun hike but it takes a full day, plus you need a 4WD to get to the trailhead. You drive the loop road past Willow Springs, then take the Rocky Gap Road (4WD) to the trailhead. Consult the visitor center or the book "Hiking Las Vegas" by Branch Whitney for more info on this trail.
The trail is pretty wild near the end, and travels mostly over bare rock - it is not so easy to follow. At one point it ascends a rib of rock that head on you will swear is at least 5.8 (see this ). But remarkably it's only 3rd class.
Classic Climbing Routes at Bridge Mountain
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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