Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details


Found it in the new guide book for beginners... convenient top roping right off the trail.

Getting There

Stay on the trail that passes Cannibal crag. Look left for a loaf of bread with a horizontal at 10 feet for the entire crag. If you hit cowlick on your right you missed it... The crag stays somewhat hidden from view until you are close to it.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Existential Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
The Gaze
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
The Infernal Machine
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
No Exit
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Gaze
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c TR
The Infernal Machine
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a TR
No Exit
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a TR
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I think this place will clean up eventually. Most routes in Red Rock have a fair bit of friable rock on them until they've seen a lot of use.

I put the stars on there because I felt that given some more traffic, these routes will become fun toprope lines.

Jason Apr 21, 2009
Tim Anders
Las Vegas
Tim Anders   Las Vegas
I respectfully disagree. This crag is terrible no matter how many people climb it. Oct 27, 2009
Went there last December, and did not find it to my liking due to all the footholds flying out from under me. Went back today and found it much more agreeable. There are some fun moves to be found there, with less loose stuff ( though some spots are still crumbly;I guess that's why it's all toprope.) Nov 18, 2009
Walt Barker
Reno NV
Walt Barker   Reno NV
Lots of loose stuff. Lots of big stuff just sounds bad if you tap on it. Good thing it's TR. Still. My buds and I did "The Gaze" from the new guidebook, and it was fun. May 19, 2011
Thomas Allard
Las Vegas, NV
Thomas Allard   Las Vegas, NV
We really like this crag, the 5.10 and 5.9 that share an anchor are nice challenging climbs. The mid-anchors on top allows you to back up top anchor for safety. Oct 2, 2014
That 5.10a and 5.9 off of the same anchors are excellent. There certainly are some big chunks that sound hollow and fragile elswhere. That being said the whole crag is pretty fun for some TR action. Mar 22, 2015
We were on four or five of the routes on this wall Monday, April 4th. I didn't encounter anything loose or fragile. The hollow spots are still there but didn't seem too sketchy. Had a lot of fun. Apr 7, 2016
Jon O'Brien
Jon O'Brien   Nevada
7 years of traffic = good things... It seems like this is the case with many of our crags in the Calico Hills, glad to see it is cleaning up so well, Jason was right :) Aug 29, 2016
Thomas Beck
Las Vegas, Nevada
Thomas Beck   Las Vegas, Nevada
Checked out Existential today. There are 3 sets (pairs of bolts) of anchors on top. No links or chains. The rightmost set up has a singe anchor back some from the edge. All hardware looked OK. Dec 5, 2016
Enjoyed a great day there. Rock was cold since the wall is in the shade throughout the day. It was a good change to have some toprope routes so close to the parking lot when we needed a change from the lead sport routes we have been doing all week. The scramble to set the top ropes was easy to do and easy to find. Nothing loose at all and a nice area to chill during break times. Jan 3, 2018
michelle w
las vegas, nv
michelle w   las vegas, nv
The routes on this wall are all fun. Its like the holds just seem to appear when you need them. Feb 3, 2018