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

Description

A popular and inviting sport crag home to about twenty routes ranging in grade from 5.10 to 5.12 and length from ~ 40' to 100'. As the name implies the crag receives sun from about mid morning till dusk and many of the routes are steep and thuggy. With an ample flat area below the cliff and bombproof glue-in bolts thanks to some of the same people who developed much of Rumney, many find Sunny and Steep an enjoyable destination away from the loop.

Getting There

There is currently construction on going in Calico Basin, park wherever you can. From Calico Basin there are two routes that lead to the crag: The hilly but shorter route takes a trail through the saddle just west of Kraft Mountain (the double peaked mountain north of Calico Basin). Pass behind the Yin Yang crack and continue on the main trail down (north) to the wash. Once in the wash walk downstream (east) until the crag is visible on your left (~5 minutes once you reach the wash). The Sunny and Steep crag has a large chimney separating two overhung walls, the right wall being higher. The other approach option is to hike northeast through the Kraft boulders (in between Kraft Mountain and Calico Basin) after passing the Monkey Bar Boulder (large overhung boulder on your right) bust up and left into the main wash, walk and occasionally scramble from here up the wash for ~20 minutes and the crag is on your right.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sunny and Steep

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 131
Sport Chimney
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 216
Claimjumpers Special
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 210
Scorpions
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 59
Cirque de Soleil
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 70
Turtle Wax
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 259
Mr Choad's Wild Ride
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 148
Sunny and Steep
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 15
Peak Performance
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 32
Black Happy
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 180
Steep Thrills
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 111
Gimme Back My Bullets
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 22
Blackened
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 27
Tour de Pump
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 8
Slot Machine
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sport Chimney
 131
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Claimjumpers Special
 216
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Scorpions
 210
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Cirque de Soleil
 59
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Turtle Wax
 70
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Mr Choad's Wild Ride
 259
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Sunny and Steep
 148
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Peak Performance
 15
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Black Happy
 32
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Steep Thrills
 180
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Gimme Back My Bullets
 111
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Blackened
 22
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Tour de Pump
 27
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Slot Machine
 8
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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Jan Tarculas
Riverside, Ca
Jan Tarculas   Riverside, Ca
"Getting there" information...My opinions...

I suggest taking the east approach. Even though it may take a bit longer, the west approach is a little hilly and becomes tiresome if carrying climbing gear, enough water and snacks for a full day of climbing at the crag (especially if its bright and sunny). East approach is mostly flat but with a bit of scrambling. It is also mostly shaded while the west approach gets direct sun until you reach the wash. Jan 22, 2011
stefand  
Lost a pair of sunglasses here Sunday 1/21, Alexander Mcqueen orange tortoise shell colored. My girlfriend would LOVE to have them back, please let me know if you found them, I'll offer a reward case of beer or something of the sort! thanks. (907) 440-2572 Jan 22, 2013
josh holcomb
Las Vegas, NV
josh holcomb   Las Vegas, NV
Anyone find a pair of 42.5 miura laces the last week of March? Apr 3, 2013