Elevation: 5,011 ft
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Shared By: Lon Harter on Feb 19, 2006 with updates from Bruce Lacroix
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Description

Located just south of Carson City, Dinosaur Rock has climbs ranging from 5.0 to 5.12. 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 harter-climbing.aci.net/Hom… (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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Classic Climbing Routes at Dinosaur 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
 14
End of Time
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 37
Evolution of Man
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 32
Deadman's Rappel
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 13
The Gash
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 35
Color Me Gone
Trad, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 21
P.A. Corner
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 33
The Left Seam
Sport, TR
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 9
Edge of Doom
Sport, TR
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 7
Big Bang
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
End of Time
 14
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Evolution of Man
 37
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR
Deadman's Rappel
 32
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR
The Gash
 13
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Color Me Gone
 35
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
P.A. Corner
 21
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
The Left Seam
 33
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Edge of Doom
 9
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, TR
Big Bang
 7
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
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Scott "Scoboni"
Reno, NV
Scott "Scoboni"   Reno, NV
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
matt morgan
Carson City, NV
matt morgan   Carson City, NV
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
Shawn.Brandon
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
cconradd
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
AWK
AWK  
The three bolt rout downstream is A2. I put it up some time ago. Apr 18, 2016
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 UNR Rock Climbing Club did a service project here on May 6th, 2018. We removed graffiti all along the base and climbs, added a stone walkway to get past the stream, did a general cleanup, and added anchors to Sauron's Nest, PA Corner, and The Left Seam.

The area is much more pleasant without all that graffiti now! May 7, 2018
matt morgan
Carson City, NV
matt morgan   Carson City, NV
Does anyone know why there is anchor bolts without hangers at the bottom of Color me Gone and the Left Seam? Jul 6, 2018