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Routes in Dinosaur Rock

Big Bang S 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Bloodshot T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Color Me Gone S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Deadman's Rappel S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Edge of Doom S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
End of Time T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Evolution of Man S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Gash, The T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Green Hell S 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Left Seam, The S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
PA Corner T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Sauron's Nest T,S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13
Elevation: 5,011 ft
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Shared By: Scott "Scoboni" Powell on Feb 19, 2006 with updates
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Located just south of Carson City, Dinosaur Rock has climbs ranging from 5.0 to 5.11. It is an excellent place for learning to climb as it offers both trad and sport climbs. The rock is deteriorated granite, but solid. It is right next to Clear Creek, so there is plenty of shade in the summer. However, the east side climbs are exposed to the sun most of the day. Best time to climb there is from late spring to early fall. It's not usually crowded. In my photos, I have only indicated the beginning and end of the climbs as most of climbs are bolted or follow obvious lines. In the future I will add updated photos.

If you need more specifics there (used to be) a good rendering of Dinosuar Rock at Lon and Kelle' Harter's website at… (editor's note: now defunct).

There is a Super Wal-Mart at the junction of Highway 395 and Clear Creek Road, if you need supplies before or after you climb.

Getting There

From Reno or Carson City, take Highway 395 south until you get to Highway 50. Take Clear Creek Road, which is the first right past Highway 50, back about a mile or so. Note: Clear Creek Road is not maintained by the county and can be icy or snowy in the winter. In addition, as a courtesy to local residents, please park completely off the road.

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I left a locking biner on the chains at the top of dead man's repel, if you come across it please leave it there, I will be back to clean it soon. Thanks Jul 24, 2017
The three bolt rout downstream is A2. I put it up some time ago. Apr 18, 2016
Washougal, WA
cconradd   Washougal, WA
Found a helmet here on 9/2. It is a name written inside but no number. Let me know if it's yours and I'll send it back. Sep 2, 2015
Carson City, NV
Shawn.Brandon   Carson City, NV
Update on the loose rock. There is a lot of it on most lines here, especially near the top. Be aware as you near the top of scrabble and pebbles and that your belayer is prepared for the rain of rocks. Not all the routes are bad but there in need of some deep cleaning. May or may not be possible due to the make up of this area. IMHO Wear a HELMET the moment you have crossed the creek. Aug 13, 2014
There is now rappel chains on all the routes that can be lead. (Except at the top of the .11 arete, but can be cleaned by leading any route on the main face, lowering and cleaning.)

Also, does anyone know what the 3 bolt route, down by the river is graded? Aug 3, 2009
Scott "Scoboni" Powell
Reno, Nevada
Scott "Scoboni" Powell   Reno, Nevada
Just a quick note. I will adding to this site periodically as I just started climbing there last year. I should have the beta for all the routes completed by early-to-mid summer. Also there are more Reno/Carson City climbing areas to come. Mar 4, 2006

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