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West Shoulder of Kraft Mountain
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Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet.
Holds rip off and climbs have been and will continue to be permanently damaged due to climbers not respecting this phenomenon. After a heavy storm, the rock will remain wet, sometimes for several days. PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB IN RED ROCKS during or after rain. A good rule of thumb is that if the ground near your climb is at all damp (and not powdery dry sand), then do not climb. There are many alternatives (limestone, granite, basalt, and plastic) nearby.
HUMAN WASTE Human waste is one of the major issues plaguing Red Rocks. The Las Vegas Climbers Liaison Council and the AAC provides free "wag bags" in several locations (Black Velvet, First Pullout, Kraft Mtn/Bouldering, The Gallery, and The Black Corridor). These bags are designed so that you can pack your waste out - consider bringing one to be part of your kit (just like your rope and shoes and lunch) no matter where you go. Once used, please dispose of them properly (do not throw them in the toilets at the parking area).
The west shoulder of Kraft Mountain is a wide area with multiple tiers of cliffs. Most all of the routes in this area are traditional climbs with walk offs. The exception would be the Spy Cliff, with four long bolted routes. This area sees a lot of sun, and is great in the cooler months. The rock quality varies, but for the most part the rock and the routes are good. The climbs are off the main trails and away from crowds. They are scattered throughout the area, some being obvious, but others hidden. This is a great cragging area.
This area has been classified as wilderness and any new bolting is currently (as of 2011) prohibited. The initial activity at the Spy Cliff dates back to the late eighties, and these routes were established prior to the wilderness designation.
The West Shoulder is accessed from "the trail of tears" (as named by Shelby Shelton in the late eighties). This is the trail you would access Atman or the Sunny & Steep from. As you hike up the trail, the three little peaks (South, Middle and North) will be to the right (east). The three little peaks gully separates the three little peaks area from the main west shoulder of Kraft Mt.. It depends on what tier you are heading to as to when you would cut over to the main shoulder. The Spy cliff approach is about 25 minutes, and the Lost City area is about 35 to 40 minutes.