Rose Tower Rock Climbing
Routes in Rose Tower
|Brother Bill's Great Thrill T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Canola Crack - Left T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Canola Crack - Right T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Gypsy Davey T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Homeopathy T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Jaws II T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Olive Oil T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|One-Armed Bandit T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Rose Tower - Original Route T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|GPS:||36.118, -115.488 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Larry DeAngelo on Apr 4, 2004|
|Admins:||Larry DeAngelo, Justin Johnsen|
DescriptionThe lower, eastern flanks of Juniper Peak present an array of gullies, ridges, and buttresses. Rose Tower is the first tower south of of the complex broken cliffs of Magic Mountain. The main routes, most notably the very popular Olive Oil, are on the southeastern face of the tower. They are approached by hiking up the narrow canyon immediately to the tower's left.
The normal descent for routes on this formation is to scramble west until you can reach the steep trails in the gully on the north side of the tower (separating the tower from Magic Mountain further to the north). This descent route does not pass near the base of the routes, so it is best to carry all your gear with you.
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 ThereThe easiest approach is to hike the Knoll Trail toward Juniper Canyon. After you pass beneath the Rose Tower, follow a climbers' trail uphill to the west and enter the narrow canyon to the south of the Rose Tower. Once in the canyon, scramble over boulders along the right wall until reaching the routes.
There is a slightly more direct approach that goes through the area of the "Fire Ecology Trail." Newcomers to the area may find that this is not as obvious as the main trail.
Classic Climbing Routes at Rose Tower
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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