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Dinosaur Rock

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Big Bang S 
Bloodshot T 
Color Me Gone S 
Deadman's Rappel S 
Edge of Doom S 
End of Time T 
Evolution of Man S 
Gash, The T 
Green Hell S 
Left Seam, The S 
PA Corner T 
Sauron's Nest T,S 

Dinosaur Rock Rock Climbing 

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Location: 39.1142, -119.799 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Scott "Scoboni" Powell on Feb 19, 2006  with updates from brucelacroix


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BETA PHOTO: Dinosaur Rock - East and South Face Climbs


Located just south of Carson City, Dinosaur Rock has climbs ranging from 5.0 to 5.11. It is an excellent place for learning to climb as it offers both trad and sport climbs. The rock is deteriorated granite, but solid. It is right next to Clear Creek, so there is plenty of shade in the summer. However, the east side climbs are exposed to the sun most of the day. Best time to climb there is from late spring to early fall. It's not usually crowded. In my photos, I have only indicated the beginning and end of the climbs as most of climbs are bolted or follow obvious lines. In the future I will add updated photos.

If you need more specifics there (used to be) a good rendering of Dinosuar Rock at Lon and Kelle' Harter's website at (editor's note: now defunct).

There is a Super Wal-Mart at the junction of Highway 395 and Clear Creek Road, if you need supplies before or after you climb.

Getting There 

From Reno or Carson City, take Highway 395 south until you get to Highway 50. Take Clear Creek Road, which is the first right past Highway 50, back about a mile or so. Note: Clear Creek Road is not maintained by the county and can be icy or snowy in the winter. In addition, as a courtesy to local residents, please park completely off the road.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.0 miles from here

12 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',4],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Dinosaur Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Dinosaur Rock:
End of Time   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   
Deadman's Rappel   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 130'   
Evolution of Man   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 96'   
The Gash   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Color Me Gone   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
The Left Seam   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
PA Corner   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 35'   
Edge of Doom   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
Big Bang   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 96'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: edge of doom

Edge of Doom 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a  Nevada : Reno and Carson City : Dinosaur Rock
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Photos of Dinosaur Rock Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Dinosaur Rock from the parking lot.
Dinosaur Rock from the parking lot.
Rock Climbing Photo: route descrips from guide
BETA PHOTO: route descrips from guide
Rock Climbing Photo: main topo
BETA PHOTO: main topo

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By Scott "Scoboni" Powell
From: Reno, Nevada
Mar 4, 2006
Just a quick note. I will adding to this site periodically as I just started climbing there last year. I should have the beta for all the routes completed by early-to-mid summer. Also there are more Reno/Carson City climbing areas to come.
By matt morgan
Aug 3, 2009
There is now rappel chains on all the routes that can be lead. (Except at the top of the .11 arete, but can be cleaned by leading any route on the main face, lowering and cleaning.)

Also, does anyone know what the 3 bolt route, down by the river is graded?
By Shawn.Brandon
From: Carson City, NV
Aug 13, 2014
Update on the loose rock. There is a lot of it on most lines here, especially near the top. Be aware as you near the top of scrabble and pebbles and that your belayer is prepared for the rain of rocks. Not all the routes are bad but there in need of some deep cleaning. May or may not be possible due to the make up of this area. IMHO Wear a HELMET the moment you have crossed the creek.
By cconradd
From: Washougal, WA
Sep 2, 2015
Found a helmet here on 9/2. It is a name written inside but no number. Let me know if it's yours and I'll send it back.
Apr 18, 2016
The three bolt rout downstream is A2. I put it up some time ago.
By Shawn Whitney
Jul 24, 2017
I left a locking biner on the chains at the top of dead man's repel, if you come across it please leave it there, I will be back to clean it soon. Thanks

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