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West Shoulder of Kraft Mountain

Nevada > Southern Nevada > Red Rock > 01-Calico Basin > Kraft Mtn Area
Access Issue: Red Rock RAIN AND WET ROCK: The sandstone is fragile and is very easily damaged when wet. Details


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.

Getting There

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.

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View of the "Tongue Mud" area of South Peak taken from The Trail of Tears before starting up the grade
[Hide Photo] View of the "Tongue Mud" area of South Peak taken from The Trail of Tears before starting up the grade