Elevation: 2,870 ft
GPS: 35.716, -114.926 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: John Hegyes on Apr 5, 2007 · Updates
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Description

Riddled with rock art, this remote climbing destination located between Boulder City and Searchlight is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon.

Keyhole Canyon is primarily a traditional climbing area; sport routes are few. The local ethics are such that retro-bolts and bolts added on rappel are typically removed pretty quickly.

Getting There

To get to Keyhole Canyon from Las Vegas, take Hwy US 95 south through Henderson toward Boulder City. From the junction of Hwys 93 and 95, head south on 95 toward Searchlight for 14.5 miles. At an intersection, take a left (east) on to a dirt road. Follow this dirt road for just over 2 miles to a series of power lines. Take a right (south) on the SECOND power line road, travel almost 1.8 miles to the Keyhole Cutoff. Take a left (east) and head less than a half mile to the mouth of the canyon. The crags are about a 1-minute hike from the car.

There is a map in the back of Swain's Rock Climbing Red Rocks book.

We made this approach in a front-wheel-drive passenger car and found the dirt roads to be passable.

On your way out, once on the power line road again, you can retrace your path or for a change of scenery, head south for 2.25 miles and you'll come across another dirt road that will take you out to the highway.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Keyhole Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V3 6A
 7
LipTraverse
Boulder
V3-4 6A+
 6
Snake Eye
Boulder
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 3
Temptation Crack
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 8
History Book
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 10
Intelligence Test
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 28
Demonstrator
Trad
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 12
Get Up Stand Up
Trad 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 3
Born Talking
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
5.9 Crack
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
Gila Tequila
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 3
A Might Fright
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 6
Front Boulder Crack (right)
Trad, TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 8
Chicken Leg
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 3
Waterfall Left
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
Blood Test
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
LipTraverse Keyhole Canyon… > … > Chicken Leg Bou… > Lip
 7
V3 6A Boulder
Snake Eye Keyhole Canyon… > … > Snake Eyes Corr… > Snake Eyes Wall Bould…
 6
V3-4 6A+ Boulder
Temptation Crack Lower Canyon > Shark Fin Wall
 3
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
History Book Lower Canyon > Shark Fin Wall
 8
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Intelligence Test Lower Canyon > Intelligence Test Slabs
 10
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Demonstrator Lower Canyon > Demonstrator Wall
 28
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Get Up Stand Up Western Fringe > White Dream
 12
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
Born Talking Lower Canyon > Front Slabs
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
5.9 Crack Lower Canyon > Front Bouldering Wall
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Gila Tequila Lower Canyon > Chuckwalla Wall
 4
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
A Might Fright Lower Canyon > Chicken Leg
 3
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Front Boulder Crack (right) Lower Canyon > Front Bouldering Wall
 6
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad, TR
Chicken Leg Lower Canyon > Chicken Leg
 8
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Waterfall Left Lower Canyon > First Waterfall Area
 3
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
Blood Test Lower Canyon > Blood Test Area
 3
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
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