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First Creek Canyon Rock Climbing 


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Description 

First Creek is home to the excellent trad climbing on the Lotta Balls Wall. Since it is located outside the gated part of the RRNCA, climbers wanting an early start can have it here. The walk to the Lotta Balls Wall takes the better part of an hour. There are other routes deeper in the canyon, and this is also a good place to start for some of the big routes on the southern part of Mount Wilson.

Getting There 

Drive south on Route 159 from the area of the Visitor Center. Continue south past the exit from the scenic loop road for another two or three miles to the clearly marked First Creek Trailhead. Park here and follow the trail west into the mouth of the canyon.

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Weather station 0.2 miles from here

86 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',6],['3 Stars',33],['2 Stars',33],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',11],['5.7',23],['5.8',14],['5.9',17],['5.10',19],['5.11',2],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in First Creek Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for First Creek Canyon:
Romanian Rib    5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 8 pitches, 1000'   First Creek Slabs
Doobie Dance   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Romper Room
Algae on Parade   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 600'   Romper Room
Lady Luck   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 7 pitches, 1000'   First Creek Slabs
Sunset Slab Direct   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 7 pitches, 1000'   First Creek Slabs
Sunset Slab   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 7 pitches, 1000'   First Creek Slabs
Romper Room   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Romper Room
Black Magic   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches, 580'   Lotta Balls Wall
Lotta Balls   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 420'   Lotta Balls Wall
Hot Flash   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 10 pitches, 1200'   First Creek Slabs
Dodgeball   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches, 700'   Lotta Balls Wall
Bruja's Brew   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 4 pitches, 400'   Lotta Balls Wall
Celtic Cracks   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 8 pitches, 1300'   Labyrinth Wall
Rob Roy   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Alcohol Wall
Honcho Imposter   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 115'   The Schoolyard
Tongue and Groove   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Slippery Buttress
Gin Ricky   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 180'   Alcohol Wall
Mai Tai   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Alcohol Wall
The Undertone   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 300'   Slippery Buttress
Straight Shot   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Alcohol Wall
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Featured Route For First Creek Canyon
Rock Climbing Photo: Jason on Rob Roy

Rob Roy 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  NV : Red Rock : ... : Alcohol Wall
Start 20 feet below and 15 feet left of a left facing corner system. Use the big cams you've been carrying in your pack for the belay anchor on this large, albeit exposed ledge. Move up the right trending features past the first bolt to a roof formed by the start of the left facing hanging corner. A blue alien protects the entry into this corner (somewhat spicy to and past this point, PG-13). Let the fun continue as you move up this left facing corner for the remainder of the pitch. Once es...[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

Photos of First Creek Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Cool rocks up First Creek.
Cool rocks up First Creek.
Rock Climbing Photo: Another cool rock formation.
Another cool rock formation.
Rock Climbing Photo: Has anyone else seen this rock on the hike up firs...
Has anyone else seen this rock on the hike up firs...
Rock Climbing Photo: Lotta Balls Wall, Alchohol Wall, Romper Room, Risi...
Lotta Balls Wall, Alchohol Wall, Romper Room, Risi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Hiking to the Lotta Balls Wall- First Creek Canyon...
Hiking to the Lotta Balls Wall- First Creek Canyon...
Rock Climbing Photo: Nathan Fitzhugh and John Maynard heading into Firs...
Nathan Fitzhugh and John Maynard heading into Firs...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking north from the hike in.  Bridge Mtn and So...
Looking north from the hike in. Bridge Mtn and So...
Rock Climbing Photo: Waterfall on First Creek. August 2005.
Waterfall on First Creek. August 2005.
Rock Climbing Photo: First Creek Walls
BETA PHOTO: First Creek Walls
Rock Climbing Photo: Waterfall on First Creek. July 2007.
Waterfall on First Creek. July 2007.
Rock Climbing Photo: A Bighorn Sheep, and Lotta Balls Wall.  Taken 7/11...
A Bighorn Sheep, and Lotta Balls Wall. Taken 7/11...
Rock Climbing Photo: The view of First Creek Canyon by morning light fr...
The view of First Creek Canyon by morning light fr...
Rock Climbing Photo: a nice ass
a nice ass
Rock Climbing Photo: South-facing aspects of First Creek Cny (southern ...
South-facing aspects of First Creek Cny (southern ...
Rock Climbing Photo: First Creek
First Creek
Rock Climbing Photo: A shot looking into the canyon from the approach. ...
A shot looking into the canyon from the approach. ...

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