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Carson City Prison Hill Rock Climbing 

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Location: 39.1292, -119.7381 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Rick D on Dec 9, 2008
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Prison Hill winter. Photo by Blitzo.


Polished, pocketed, crimps, huecos. Desert, volcanic rock. Potential for more development. Developed back in the early 1990's by Jim Arnold and Ron Anderson. Good winter climbing.

Getting There 

From the intersection of 395 and 50 South (Spooner)
1. Head north on S Carson St/US-395 toward Reno 0.5 mi
2. Turn right at E Clearview Dr 1.7 mi

You will come to a 90 degree right hand turn in the road. Instead, take a left onto the dirt road. Follow this road for 300' and park in the turn around.

I have included the gps coordinates for the parking lot on the map on the left. If you click on any of the actual area's the gps for each rock will be listed.

To get to the crags, walk north east on the jeep trail for about 500 yards. You will find yourself at the base of the hill with the crags above you. You should find a walking trail which heads up there.

Climbing Season

For the Reno and Carson City area.

Weather station 2.1 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Carson City Prison Hill

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Carson City Prison Hill:
Bongo Pockets   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 45'   The Corridor Area
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Featured Route For Carson City Prison Hill

Pocket Pool 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  Nevada : Reno and Carson City : ... : Pocket Pool Wall
3 bolts. Crux is before and after 1'st bolt....[more]   Browse More Classics in Nevada

Photos of Carson City Prison Hill Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: The desolate top of Prison Hill. Photo by Blitzo.
The desolate top of Prison Hill. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: The unexciting, Prison Hill. Photo by Blitzo.
The unexciting, Prison Hill. Photo by Blitzo.

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By matt morgan
Jul 30, 2009
I don't know why there is a warning about the bolts at Prison Hill. These routes were put up nearly the same time as Dinosaur and Iron Butte, but there isn't a warning regarding those bolts. The bolts at Prison are in the same condition as the aforementioned crags. And there are now rappel chains to lower from the climbs. You do not have to leave a beaner anymore.
By Ron Anderson
Aug 3, 2009
yep all the bolts in prison hill cept for one or two old lepers are 31/5 inch 3/8 bolts and quality hangars..... I know - cuz i was there.LOL...

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