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GPS: 35.654, -114.845 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: RamblinMaukaManDan on Sep 24, 2015
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At the northern tip of the Ireteba Peaks, The Moon is a beautiful little place filled with rocks, scrub oak, and some juniper just south of Keyhole. Knob Hill Spring is in the main camping area and has water most of the year. On wet years, many of the washes will run with small steams during the spring. The rock is quartzmonzonite, just like J-Tree except in micro amounts. This is Keyhole's sister area, developed by many of the same climbers and is also a traditional climbing area with all of the routes having been established ground up. Because of the nature of the rock, there are a lot more bolts here than Keyhole but natural gear is still used whenever possible. Many climbs have bolted anchors on top and maybe a dozen routes can be led entirely on bolts that tend to be widely spaced. There are also quite a few cracks but most climbs are mixed. The tallest formations are about 100' tall but most are much shorter, too short for bolts but just right for highballs or top ropes. Four formations make up the bulk of climbing here: Knob Hill, the tallest hill when you first arrive and, from north to south Bone Daddy, North Breezeway, and South Breezeway Domes in the main camping area. The rest consists of acres of boulders here ranging from small to house-sized. Joe Herbst is the first known technical climber to have pioneered routes here, starting in the mid-60s, and also gave the area it's name.

This is a great place to camp. There aren't any officially developed sites but half a dozen or more have formed among the boulders that come right down to the road. A couple have formations large enough to have anchors, and TRing by firelight is traditional.

Hunters and off-road enthusiasts love this place and are out here on a regular basis. The latter have thrashed this place considerably with trails crisscrossing everywhere. Between them and people who didn't bring firewood, many of the largest trees are gone.

Native Americans have spent considerable time here but not much evidence is left. The best of what's left is in the Mushroom Boulder, a hollowed out room-sized rock on the west side of Bone Daddy Dome and has some nice pictographs inside.

Like Keyhole, this is a traditional area and the local ethics are that bolts placed on rappel and retro-bolts tend to disappear.

Getting There

From the US 93/95 turnoff take US95 south 29 miles to the Old Nelson Hwy (a wide, smooth dirt rd) turn left, follow for 3.5 miles and turn right. After 1 mile a power line road is encountered, turn right on this and follow this to the rest of the way, or continue straight to wrap around the backside staying to the right to end up at the domes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Moon (aka Knob Hill)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
Bone Daddy
Trad, TR 3 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bone Daddy Bone Daddy Dome
5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c Trad, TR 3 pitches
Flaky Factions N Breezeway Dome
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
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"Like Keyhole, this is a traditional area and the local ethics are that bolts placed on rappel and retro-bolts get remove."

Wow, so you are claiming ownership and control over the ethics used now and in the future for the entire AREA (not just on existing routes). That is some level of arrogance! You must be a very important person.

Are we allowed to wear sticky rubber on our shoes? Please let me know if that is approved. I would not accidentally want to break your rules and somehow lessen your historical experience here. Sep 30, 2015
On the Wind
RamblinMaukaManDan   On the Wind
I'm collecting route information for an upcoming guidebook on Keyhole Canyon and The Moon (Knob Hill). If you've put up routes here, or suspect that you might've put up a route here, go to keyholecanyon.com to submit them for the book.

As such, I'll be making edits around these pages on MP so that they reflect the earliest known info.

Thanks in advance for those that make contributions. Eee-Ahhh! May 7, 2016
We are thinking about checking out the climbing and camping at The Moon/ Knob Hill. We are traveling in campervan (Ford E-Series) and wondering what the road in to the Knob Hill Primitive Campground is like (GPS 35.530817, -115.062175). Anyone have any feedback to provide? Jan 14, 2017
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Fucken Zion
two chains   Fucken Zion
Wow. Bolt wars on a pile of crap in the middle of nowhere.
Im assuming the people chopping bolts are old crusty farts with a few years left on earth.
"The best climbers have the worst ethics" Nov 12, 2018