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Elevation: 3,500 ft 1,067 m
GPS: 36.22404, -115.39281
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Description Suggest change

The La Madre area roughly describes the limestone cliffs immediately west of town. These cliffs are very close to town and lower elevation than Mt. Charleston, making them a popular choice when the local sandstone is wet. The rock quality varies, but many of the cliffs have solid rock, with some areas being a bit sharp. Some of the routes are GREAT!

The best time of year to climb at La Madre is from late fall to late spring, as the summer can be unbearably hot. Taking the extreme temperature changes of the desert into account, you can climb in the early morning or late evening so long as you avoid the direct sun.

NOTE: There has been A LOT of recent construction out near these cliffs. Be careful not to trespass on the property of the nice new housing developers out there...

NOTE #2: This are was originally covered in the guidebook "Islands in the Sky," The latest book, "Mojave Limestone," covers these cliffs in more detail.

Getting There Suggest change

All of these cliffs are located on the southern escarpment of the La Madre Range of hills and mountains, in the northwest corner of Las Vegas. The significant landmark is the solitary Lone Mountain. As the included cliffs have various approaches you'll need to look at the individual cliff descriptions to determine the best way of reaching the climbs. Most of these cliffs can be reached using a normal vehicle, but some may require high-clearance.

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Classic Climbing Routes at La Madre Range

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V5-6 6C+
 5
Indirect Glizzy
Boulder
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 33
Patient Zero
Sport 8 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 120
Contagion
Sport 6 pitches
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 18
Flash Flood
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 9
One Foundation
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 16
Atlantis
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 12
Invertebrates
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 12
Brachiopod
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 15
Paranormal
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 12
Naegleria Fowleri
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 13
Ammonite
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 91
High Caliber
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 10
Neptune's Kiss
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 13
Nautilus
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 8
Toxic Reasons
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Indirect Glizzy Gun Club > S Canyon Bouldering
 5
V5-6 6C+ Boulder
Patient Zero Lake Mead Buttress
 33
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport 8 pitches
Contagion Lake Mead Buttress
 120
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport 6 pitches
Flash Flood Box Canyon > Water World
 18
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
One Foundation Box Canyon > Trench Town
 9
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Atlantis Crustacean Crag
 16
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Invertebrates Crustacean Crag
 12
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Sport
Brachiopod Crustacean Crag
 12
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Paranormal La Madre North > Area 51
 15
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Naegleria Fowleri Crustacean Crag
 12
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Ammonite Crustacean Crag
 13
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
High Caliber Gun Club > Left (South) Wall
 91
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Neptune's Kiss Crustacean Crag
 10
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Nautilus Crustacean Crag
 13
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Toxic Reasons La Madre North > Area 51
 8
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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