Description

A tall east/west facing buttress, Parking Lot Rock is home to around 24 routes with the majority in the 5.7 to 5.9 range. This is a low approach cliff with potential for day-round climbing as the sun switches faces. As with most City of Rocks areas, most routes have some trad gear needed with 6 or so exceptions. There are a few clasics on this cliff. Delay of Game, Norma's Book, Batwings, Funky Bolt, and Just Another Pretty Face all deserve classic status.

Getting There

Take Emery Canyon Road off of City of Rocks Road, until you pass campsites 64 & 65. Park at the parking lot on the right. Parking Lot Rock is the obvious cliff closest to the Parking Lot (hence the name).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Parking Lot Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 101
Norma's Book
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 253
Delay of Game
Sport
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 249
Batwings
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 140
Funky Bolt
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 35
Solstice
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 317
Thin Slice
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 119
Tow Away Zone
Trad
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 26
Batwings Direct
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13
 18
Stress Fracture
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
 15
No Parking
Trad 2 pitches
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 97
Just Another Pretty Face
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 127
Cairo
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 32
Spud Meets Hammerhead
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 27
Bombs Over Tripoli
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 4
Inspiration or Perspiration
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Norma's Book Parking Lot Rock - West
 101
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Delay of Game Parking Lot Rock - West
 253
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Batwings Parking Lot Rock - West
 249
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Funky Bolt Parking Lot Rock - East
 140
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad
Solstice Parking Lot Rock - West
 35
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Thin Slice Parking Lot Rock - No…
 317
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Tow Away Zone Parking Lot Rock - East
 119
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Batwings Direct Parking Lot Rock - West
 26
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Stress Fracture Parking Lot Rock - East
 18
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b PG13 Trad
No Parking Parking Lot Rock - West
 15
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Just Another Pretty Face Parking Lot Rock - East
 97
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Cairo Parking Lot Rock - No…
 127
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Spud Meets Hammerhead Parking Lot Rock - East
 32
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Bombs Over Tripoli Parking Lot Rock - No…
 27
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Inspiration or Perspiration Parking Lot Rock - No…
 4
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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