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Parade Rock as seen from Upper Devil's Playground.

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This small crag lies behind Reynold's Hill, along with a collection of other crags like Spelunk Spire and Old Devil's Playground. Two lines grace the crag, the splitter Soft Parade 11c and the thrutchy Parade Rest 10a. Worth the walk, for the views alone.

Getting There 

Begin your approach as for Reynold's Hill. After crossing the creek, head right on a trail that meanders above and along the creek. After passing high ground and returning to near the creek bed, views of Old Devil's Playground across the creek come at about half a mile down the trail. Your eye can't miss the distinct arch of Muscle and Fitness. Shortly after this section of brushy trail a very faint trail (easy to miss) leads up and left slightly up slope past a small open area, then sparse trees into another rising meadow. Quickly the trail grows distinct. A few hundred yards and you will approach Spelunk Spire, across a meadow on the right. Continue on the trail through some aspen until Parade Rock rises off the trail.

Per John Lombardi: the shortest approach is to take 700 NB past Upper Devil's Playground. To be exact, see:

Cross the creek, and hike up 700BB3. This approach takes ~5-10 minutes.

Climbing Season

For the Vedauwoo area.

Weather station 2.5 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Parade Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Parade Rock:
Soft Parade   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   
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Gays On Parade 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a  Wyoming : Vedauwoo : Parade Rock
This neoclassic gem the of 22nd century was first climbed on lead by the venerable C. Undergrast Murray during pride month, 2017. This quality crack deserves to be repeated by those who feel Soft Parade too flacid. It is guaranteed to make any hardman much, much harder....[more]   Browse More Classics in Wyoming

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By Petsfed
From: Laramie, WY
Aug 23, 2009
If you're approaching from End of the Road Rocks, this thing is really easy to find. Follow the trail from the parking area (see EOORR comments for details), branch right at the one obvious fork, then follow the heavily rutted trail for about a quarter or half mile. You'll see this thing on the right, maybe 30 feet off the trail.

By the way, does anybody have any info on the splitter flared-tips crack that's around the corner (to the right) from Soft Parade? It looks like an even more heinous version of Closer to the Sun, or a vertical and slightly more over-hung version of that seam out at Coyote Rocks (Suncatcher?). I couldn't begin to do the moves to get off the ground, but it is beautiful!
Aug 23, 2009
That is obviously undone. It is splitter overhanging Z4's or blue Aliens, and the inside of the crack is smooth like Old Dogs New Trick. It used to have a pedestal at the base of it, though that pedestal fell down recently.
By Squatting Bear
Aug 24, 2009
I cleaned out a dead bush in the middle of the route and was able to wriggle out a small block of stone that was in the second hand pod near the bottom. Jammer is right, I used a blue Alien to get up to the dead bush. Haven't rapped it to get a good look, and don't even know if it's climable. Could be fun to try.
Aug 25, 2009
I am impressed, it seemed like that rock would never move.
By Squatting Bear
Aug 25, 2009
Oh man, my brother thought he was going to shit out his intestines.
By EldoFiend
From: WY
Aug 25, 2009
Mm, that guy is sexy. I just saw him out running in his rugby shirt. I had to change my pants afterwords.
Aug 25, 2009
Squatting Bear, I have mixed feelings about that. It may have extended a possibly cool new route, but if the forest service found out about that they might get pissed. Though they would likely never find out about such a thing on their own, it might be best not to admit to it on a website. That being said, I am just curious what prompted you to push that thing over? If/when it goes, it will be a very nice hard classic. It is one of the nicest undone lines I have seen at Vedauwoo.
By Squatting Bear
Aug 26, 2009
You're probably right, Jammer. I wanted to clean up the route and give it a go. I guess I was done just looking at it. I haven't tried it yet, though. But I agree with you, it looks great.
Aug 26, 2009
Yeah, I checked it out a few years ago and the splitter section felt really hard. Never thought to push over that pedestal at the base, though I seem to remember thinking that it would be a nicer and longer pitch if it wasn't there.
By John Lombardi
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jun 26, 2017
The shortest approach is to take 700 NB past Upper Devil's Playground. To be exact:

Cross the creek, hike up 700BB3. This approach takes ~5-10 minutes.

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