Toad Rock Rock Climbing
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Please be respectful of the land owner's wishes and do not climb or hike here until further notice. This includes White Lightning, Skinner Roof, Weather Wall, Yellow Wall, Larry's Annihilation, Needle Rock, Mississippi Fred's, and Secret Tom's. Park officials and CRAG are working to regain access to this valuable climbing resource. Be patient and check back for updates.
(2) No trash cans anywhere in City of Rocks: urlzs.com/c4eZH
(3) HIGHLINING IS PROHIBITED
By the authority of the park manager, Highlining at City of Rocks National Reserve and Castle Rocks State Park is temporarily prohibited as of August 28, 2019.
The park(s) is reviewing highlining activities. Here are Google Drive links to the closure and the updated Code of Regulations for CIRO. drive.google.com/open?id=1y… and drive.google.com/open?id=1Y…
Perhaps because Practice Rock is called Practice Rock that feature gets the most attention for new climbers. So, while the hordes swarm Practice Rock, head over to Toad Rock and enjoy the fun and easy climbing. Arguably, the routes on Toad Rock are better suited to the burgeoning rock climber. Routes from 5.easy to 5.4 with big holds and a thirty second approach. What's not to love?
I've listed three obvious lines on this formation, but nearly any line up the southwest face is easy and protectable. The leader in your party will likely feel comfortable soloing any of these lines in hiking shoes.
Note: This rock has no fixed hardware. (Hopefully, it will stay that way!)
The remarkably featured face and top of this formation offer abundant opportunities to protect your climbing and build safe anchors. All you need is a long sling to minimize rope drag if setting up a toprope for the young (or not so young!) climbers in your group.
To descend the routes on Toad Rock, down climb/scramble Fingers and Toads.
*It's quite possible this rock has been named. Having not seen it in print or online, I've taken the liberty to apply some names.
Park at the Elephant Rock pull-out, or park in the pull-off (room for one car only) just south of Toad Rock. All routes are on the west face.
Note: If parking at Elephant Rock, please walk up the road and cut left directly at Toad Road (a faint climber's trail is visible next to one-car pull-out). Do NOT walk up the drainage through the field between the two rocks. There is no need to create additional trails to Toad Rock.
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