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Elevation: 4,584 ft
GPS: 36.17073, -115.45045
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Warning Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. DetailsDrop down

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This cliff has the highest concentration (by far) of the hardest sport routes in Red Rock. Most routes are around 60-70 feet and bulging with long sections of overhanging climbing interspersed with more vertical breaks. The routes to the far left are a bit less overhanging and also less popular.

The grades tend to fluctuate a bit as some of the feet and hands crumble and routes see more repeats.


The wall faces northwest and is mostly shaded all day. The routes on the far left get some morning sun, especially later in the spring. Most people are comfortable when the high in downtown Las Vegas is between 70 and 85 degrees, though wind and personal preference can move that range.

This wall is a major source of water runoff. There are a number of routes which travel through water streaks, and these routes will often need a good brushing between periods of rain, especially after the summer monsoons. Additionally, the combination of the runoff and the lack of sun exposure mean this cliff needs additional time to dry out compared to the rest of Calico Hills. The already soft rock will be even more crumbly when climbed on after precipitation. 

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There are three possible approaches to the crag from the south, west, and north. The southern approach is the fastest, most direct, and least exposed. The western approach passes by a few crags (Wake Up, Twinkie, and Trophy), so it may be a good option if you are combining multiple walls in one day. The northern approach is unnecessarily long and only makes sense if you have a very strong aversion to minor scrambling, as it is possible to stay on dirt trails the whole way to the crag.

Southern approach (best option):

Follow the Calico Tanks trail out of the Sandstone Quarry parking lot. Continue on the Calico Tanks trail for a few more minutes past this junction until you see a dry creek bed on the left after passing under some tree cover. Continue in this creek bed to a large boulder on top of a slab and take a hard left to stay in the creek bed. Stay in the creek bed almost all the way to the wall, with a short scramble up a slab gully near the end. See the Map on Mountain Project with an approach trail for exact directions. 15-25 minutes depending on your pace. Faster on the way back. 

Western approach:

Follow the approach instructions for The Trophy Wall. Once at the base of Trophy Wall, continue past it on the downhill slab. Aim for the left side of a narrow break in the slab. Once deposited low into the foliage, head left to the wall. 20-30 minutes.

Northern approach:

Staying on the Turtlehead peak trail until the walls diminish and hang a right onto a faint trail, hugging the walls to your right. 35 minutes.

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