Elevation: 6,232 ft
GPS: 40.3, -116.029 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Keith Wood on Jul 13, 2019
Admins: Justin Johnsen
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Access Issue: Access passes through a private ranch. Details

Description

A vast and apparently unclimbed area consisting of cliff lines, mesas, canyons and boulder fields. Hundreds of quartzite boulders litter the slopes below low cliff lines through an area 3.4 miles long. The boulders vary in quality from mossy scrambles, to V-easy, to high quality hard rock overhangs, with the best ones sort of scattered among the others. The smooth texture of the rock is easy on the hands, but makes some holds deceptively hard to use! Overhanging starts are common enough to be appealing. Mesa areas offer low bouldery ledges and a few scattered free-standers.

Rimrock in some areas offers route potential, with a few roofs and steep slabs already evident. Some cliffs are ledgy and interrupted, making for scattered good lines. Bases of these cliffs and ledge lines offer additional bouldering potential however.

The best looking areas so far include:

South Creekside, with a nice collection of boulders and some decent rimrock lines just up from parking. This area has fewer trees and is a little easier to get around in than North Creekside.
Big North has huge boulders in open country not far from parking.
Colossus, home to an enormous collection of boulders and some of the better steep cliff lines with cracks, nice faces, and some overhangs.
Boris and Natasha boulders - a couple nice secluded boulders with tantalizing faces.

Descriptions and photos will be provided as the sub-areas are investigated.

A high clearance vehicle is recommended, and at least one dry stream crossing may carry water in the Spring.

Getting There

The location is in the Pinon range in Northern Nevada. Take I-80 to exit 279 (Carlin west). Turn south on SR 278 and go 31 miles to an angled turnoff to the left (east). There is a mailbox on a tree stump at the turnoff.

To get to the climbing areas you will pass through four gates on this road, and drive a couple more miles. From the pavement, take the road 1.3 miles to the first gate. This takes you into a private ranch - please observe 10mph speed within the ranch. As you reach a cluster of ranch buildings, veer left and go behind them, continuing through gate two on a good two track that does not look to be used very much. From the first gate to the third gate is 1.5 miles. Gate four is 0.2 miles past gate three. At this point you have left the ranch. Please leave gates as you found them and be a good neighbor to the ranchers. There is a small stream crossing, usually dry, between gates three and four.

Past gate four, drive another 2.0 miles up into the hills. As you approach the tree line from the grassy hills, you will have good views of several of the sub-areas. Once you enter the trees you will pass through the South Creekside area to parking near the Park Place area. The access drive is about five miles in all from pavement to parking near Park Place.

Look for Boris boulder down to the left in the trees as you drive through the grassy hills toward the tree line as you approach the Creekside areas. It is 0.2 miles away. Once you drive into the trees the road bends left then right. Natasha is then to the right above the road out of view through the trees. The Creekside areas are just a bit further, and pretty obvious when you get there. A little further and there is some parking on the left. High clearance is helpful anywhere past gate three.

Right when you reach the tree line there is a road to the right that takes you to the southern areas. This is open as far as Colossus, but there is a steep spot that might be difficult to come back up without 4WD and off road tires. Check access notes for each area. This steep spot is noted in the sub-areas map in the photos on this page.

Descriptions of sub-areas will come as we investigate the area further and build up the locale.

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