The Promised Land Rock Climbing
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DescriptionThis crag is not for the faint of heart. The approach is replete with a rough dirt road and a 1hr hike up hill. If that sounds like fun then you will be well rewarded with some of the best limestone tufa pullin' in the country.
The Promised Land is climbable all year. During the winter the wall gets sun until around 2:30. Plan on climbing in the sun if it's below 60 in Vegas. Plan on climbing in the shade if it's above 65 in Vegas. During the hotter months the sun is high enough in the sky that most of the wall is in the shade all day, however, the hike up can be brutal. It is usually breezy and cool in the shade so bring something warm for when you're not climbing.
Typically there is nobody else at the wall. If you're tired of the crowds at Red Rocks, you don't mind hiking, and you are interested in climbing 5.12 - 5.14 then this crag is a really great option.
RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details
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 identified this problem years ago and has worked to provide "wag bags" free of charge 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 areas). This project was funded primarily by the American Alpine Club
Wilderness Study Area Details
No bolting is currently allowed at this area or any of the surrounding limestone cliffs. There is currently a proposed amendment to the land management plan that would allow bolting, but it has not yet been approved.
- ***(An all wheel drive car with decent clearance is recommended to minimize the hike.)
From Vegas follow Charleston Blvd West until you see a sign on the right for the "Scenic Loop Road". This is around 4.5 miles from the intersection of Desert Foothills Dr and Charleston Blvd.
Proceed to the pay station where you must pay for either a day pass $7 or a one year pass $30. From the pay station you will follow the scenic loop for 7.2mi until you reach Rock Gap Rd. Turn right and follow Rocky Gap Rd. until it turns to dirt. (There are several pullouts along the way so if the road seems too rocky you can pull over and hike the rest.) Follow the dirt road for around .75mi. Park at a parking area on the left side of the road directly opposite the La Madre Springs Trailhead. Hike up the road until you reach two big rocks with cairns on them. If you reach a really red embankment followed by a large pullout on the right you have gone too far. Turn around walk 250yards back down the road and look for the cairns on your left.
From the cairns, hike up the hill and follow an old 4-wheel drive road. Follow this road up hill for ~20min (.5 miles) and look for a large rock arrow pointing toward the start of the climbers trail. Walk along the climbers trail for another 5min, up and down some hills, ultimately dropping down into a limestone wash. Follow cairns in the limestone wash for around 40 minutes. At this point the cairns should lead you to the right, across the gully and up a steep hill towards the crag. From the start of the climbers trail to the crag is around 1.1 miles and the whole hike takes around an hour and a half.
Classic Climbing Routes at The Promised Land
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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