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The Observatory could be considered as an extension of the Gallery, on the climber's right or south side. The rock can be seen from the parking lot of the Second Pullout, its most prominent feature is the broad, low angle, smoothed-over arete on the right side. The routes are face climbs, mostly protected with bolts but also with the sporadic gear placements as well. The rock gets sun from late morning throughout the rest of the day. The routes all require double rope rappels.

Getting There 

It's possible to traverse south from The Gallery to reach this rock, but I found this way to be pretty exposed and tricky. The more solid approach would be to go to the Stone Wall. From the mouth of Black Corridor, the gully to the north is Sweet Pain, and to the north of that is the Stone Wall gully. Hike to the top of the Stone Wall gully and ramp up the north wall. This brings you directly to The Observatory.

Climbing Season

Weather station 1.2 miles from here

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Classic Climbing Routes in The Observatory

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Observatory:
Bewitched   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 180'   
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Bewitched 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13  Nevada : Red Rock : ... : The Observatory
A great moderate route with a small amount of gear. This climb ascends the right-end of the observatory, climbing the blunt low-angled formation more or less over the right side of the main feature of the observatory. This climb finished below the 'eye of the cyclops', if you will but with enough rope and maybe a little simul-climbing, can be completed to the top.The grade felt significantly harder than the 5.3 grade given by Swain in his books....[more]   Browse More Classics in Nevada

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