The Hood Rock Climbing
Areas in The Hood
Compton Cave, The 0 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Corrosion Cave, The 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Infectious Cave / Slab, The 0 / 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14
Pine Tree Ledge 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Souls Cave, The 0 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Souls Slab, The 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
South Central 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Walk By Slab, The 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
|GPS:||36.267, -115.658 Google Map · Climbing Map|
|Shared By:||Matt McMurray on Aug 15, 2006|
DescriptionSimply put, the Hood is the most important/best cliff on Mt. Charleston, and is world famous for its incredible concentration of high-quality hard routes. There are many reasons for the Hood's popularity including a short-peasant approach, cool summer air, beautiful alpine surroundings, and most importantly the glassy smooth white limestone that is punctuated by soaring lines of pockets. The quality of the routes go up with the grades, and the Hood boasts four separate limestone caves all with excellent steep routes.
Mount Charleston Wilderness Area Details
Much of this area is in the Mount Charleston Wilderness Area, learn which crags are within our outside of it before you go. See the BLM Fact Sheet blm.gov/sites/blm.gov/files… for a good overview of what it protects and what that limits, and the Forest Service page fs.usda.gov/detailfull/htnf… for other information.
Getting ThereTake S.R. 57 from I-95 all the way past the Mt. Charleston hotel into Kyle Canyon. Follow this road as it winds up the hill until you encounter a sharp left-turning bend in the road. Immediately before this bend, turn right off of the road onto Echo Rd. and continue uphill past the signs toward the Mary Jane Falls turn-off. A short distance farther ahead is the small parking area for the hood at Trail Canyon. If this parking area is full park at the Mary Jane Falls trailhead parking and hike up to the Trail Canyon trailhead.
Hike up Trail Canyon for about five minutes until you can see the distinctive hat-shaped central section of the Hood up on your left. Look for two obvious large red-barked pine trees on your left; the trail up to the Hood starts here. It immediately crosses a small wash and then meets up with a series of switchbacks up the wooded slope towards the Corrosion Cave.
Don't take short cuts... this is a Wilderness Area!! =)
Classic Climbing Routes at The Hood
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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