Gateway Crag Rock Climbing
Matt Kuehl on Harsh Width. Feb 2012
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Gateway Crag is situated partway up along the north side of Kraft Mountain. A traditional crag oriented around crack climbing. This crag is a good location if you're looking to try some harder cracks and/or not go sport climbing at Sunny & Steep. For a good day out do the 3 popular routes at Winter Heat and then cut over to this crag and do these two. The crag faces northeast and doesn't get much sun.
This crag can be approached from either west or east via Gateway Canyon.
From the west: From the Kraft parking lot head northwest towards Yin & Yang. Pass Yin & Yang and drop down into the wash and follow the wash past Sunny & Steep, Winter Heat, etc. Boulder hop until you've almost reached Cannabis Crag. Look up and you'll be able to identify a very prominent roof. Follow cairns up the mountain until you're directly below the roof.
From the east: From the Kraft parking lot head east towards the Monkey Bar boulder. Pass the Monkey Bar boulder and drop into Gateway canyon. Follow the wash until just past Cannabis crag. From here look to the south (up the mountain) and you should be able to identify the prominent roof. Follow cairns and a rough trail to the base of the roof.
Climbing Season For the Calico Basin area.
Weather station 1.1 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For Gateway Crag
Harsh Width 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Nevada
: Red Rock
: ... : Gateway Crag
To the left of Horizontal Departure is a very clean cut, vertical, off-width crack. Climb the off-width to a good belay stance beneath a chimney. A very good climb that requires actual off-width technique. Descent: Climb out of the chimney above the route, scramble down and west through some large talus. A gully leads out to the left (back east) where you can go under a large chockstone and do some 4th class downclimbing and then back to the base of the route. ...[more] Browse More Classics in Nevada