Western Carousel Rock Climbing
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Scattered lot of formations to the West of Entrance Crags area. Photo map is best reference.
Climbs range from 5.5 to 5.11 with varying heights of 25 to 80 feet and an even greater variety of movements; with some climbs feeling as mini adventures and others as a long boulder problem. In addition, always mind any of the loose rock and choss on newer routes.
West-Bound Crags (WBC) area is a strip of spaced out formations that lie below and amongst hillsides.A mix of beginner leads and other intermediate grades are here. Shorter length climbs overall. Some uphill/scramble. 5-15min from car depending on climb.
Area favorite: Carbon 5.10a
High Top Crags (HTC) area is an East to Northeast facing band of formations that string the mound above WBC. Uphill approach about 15-25min from car depending on your uphill stride.
Area favorite: Coruscation 5.10d
Grassland Grains (GG) area is more West, beyond WBC. "Trophy Tower" is the purpose out here and stands tall when approaching. The hike in is secluded and has a backcountry feel. Mostly flat once passed WBC with some 4th class scrambling. About 15-20min from car.
Area favorite: Fecund 5.10c
Runway Wash (RW) area is North to Northwest most section of the Carousel. A strip of spaced out formations along hill sides above the wash. Another scenic, secluded area. Crags are more dispersed along the area buy have plenty to offer. Flat approach to start then dips and rises to get to crags. Expect 10-25min from car.
Area favorite: Absolution 5.9
Park nearest Entrance Crags loops or the northwest most available space. Hike in starting on the old ohv road aka pipeline road. A few minutes brings one at the north/right veer into Crichton Crag and the West-Bound Crags (continuing up the hill is another area - pipeline pass).
Still parking in the nw area, alternatively, hike in northbound following the wide clear, paths, then after the mound veer left/west toward the wash. Taking this way drops one off at Runway Wash area.
Uphill hiking is guaranteed, though may be short lived. 30minutes or less to any route (typically 15min).
Classic Climbing Routes at Western Carousel
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