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Sunny and Steep

Nevada > Southern Nevada > Red Rocks > (01) Calico Basin > Kraft Mtn Area
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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

Park in the Kraft Mountain parking lot.

Sunny and steep lies on the opposite side of Kraft Mountain and can be accessed by approaching on the Kraft Mountain loop from either the east or the west. The west approach is faster and shorter distance, but has a bit more elevation change and does not pass by as many crags and boulders. Both approaches are very long by Red Rock sport climbing standards. 35mins-1hr depending on pace and approach.

Western Approach

1.30m, 600ft gain, 300 ft descent

From the west end of the parking lot, take a trail heading northwest to meet up with the Kraft Mountain loop. Continue on the Kraft Mountain loop around the west side of the mountain, up a very steep and exposed hill. Shortly after passing behind Yin and Yang, there is a small shortcut that is usually cairned. Either take the shortcut with minor scrambling, or continue on the main Kraft Mountain loop trail. Both will deposit you into a wash. Continue east in the wash until you see the crag on your left. There is a short scramble to the base of the cliff.

Eastern Approach

1.75m, 400ft gain, 100ft decsent

From the east end of the parking lot, take the main Kraft boulders trail heading northeast to meet up with the Kraft Mountain loop. Continue on the Kraft Mountain loop around the east side of the mountain, passing by the many popular boulders in the area, including the Monkey Bar Boulder. Once around the mountain, continue on the Kraft Mountain loop for nearly a mile before the crag appears on your right. There is a short scramble to the base of the cliff.

Routes from Left to Right

5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 408
Claimjumpers Special
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 62
Black Happy
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 71
Blackened
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 420
Scorpions
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 152
Turtle Wax
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 301
Sunny and Steep
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 68
Tour de Pump
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 247
Sport Chimney
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 40
Slot Machine
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 238
Gimme Back My Bullets
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 367
Steep Thrills
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 5
Turbo Dog
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 28
Peak Performance
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 3
Solar Flare
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 550
Mr Choad's Wild Ride
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 138
Cirque de Soleil
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 311
Working for Peanuts
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 1
Ex Conz
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Claimjumpers Special
 408
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Black Happy
 62
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Blackened
 71
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Scorpions
 420
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Turtle Wax
 152
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Sunny and Steep
 301
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Tour de Pump
 68
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Sport Chimney
 247
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Slot Machine
 40
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Gimme Back My Bullets
 238
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Steep Thrills
 367
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Turbo Dog
 5
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Peak Performance
 28
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Solar Flare
 3
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Mr Choad's Wild Ride
 550
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Cirque de Soleil
 138
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Working for Peanuts
 311
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Ex Conz
 1
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad

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Sunny and Steep Pano.
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Unknown climber at the Sunny & Steep Crag, Red Rocks
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Stellar climb
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Cool cactus gardens at the base of Sunny&Steep.
[Hide Photo] Cool cactus gardens at the base of Sunny&Steep.
Reid Arechiga having fun at Sunny&Steep
[Hide Photo] Reid Arechiga having fun at Sunny&Steep
Best resting activity.. become cactus paparazzi
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A typical day at the crag.
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Group at Sunny and Steep
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Steep Thrills at the Sunny and Steep Wall. December 2011.
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Sunny and Steep
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Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

Jan Tarculas
Riverside, Ca
[Hide Comment] "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
Andy Hansen
Longmont, CO
[Hide Comment] I would roughly estimate 30min. for the western approach and about 45min. for the eastern approach. I prefer the western approach for what it's worth but I don't carry a pack full of too many snacks. Jan 27, 2022
Garrett Weekley
Huntsville, AL
[Hide Comment] We approached western and came back through Kraft boulders. My thoughts fwiw:

Western approach was a bit steep going up but easy to navigate to the wall and easy to find the shortcut past the Yin Yang boulder. The trail was straight forward and well maintained. We didn't need to scramble until we were directly under the wall.
Eastern approach involved a substantial amount of scrambling and would probably have taken longer to find the wall.


All together, it took us about 45-50 min to approach from the western side with an annoying amount of wind, frequent stops, and lack of knowing exactly where we were going. We carried a full crag day's worth of food/water/gear.
Based on what it felt like hiking back to the car, it felt like the eastern path would have been a less enjoyable and longer feeling approach. In hindsight, we would have preferred the western approach to and from the wall. Mar 10, 2022