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Willow Spring Rock Climbing 


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Description 

Willow Springs is located roughly seven miles along the loop road. It is host to several single pitch traditional climbs of very good quality. The approaches are generally short and easy. One can find climbs from 5.6 to 5.11 in the area. Some of the climbs are shaded most of the year making them a good early outing to beat the summer heat. The parking is limited and it can get crowded on weekends with good weather. There are outhouses at Lost Creek parking lot and Willow Springs picnic area. The presence of Indian rock art is one of the draws to the area. Please respect these historical markings and do not climb anywhere they are present. Recommended routes are “Ragged Edges” “Little Big Horn” “Black Track” “Left Out”. Some multi pitch routes can be found on the tier above Lost Creek. There are some quality boulders in the picnic area too. This area has an abundance of short accessible hikes and a children’s discovery trail. Please set a good example for all those spectators.

Getting There 

Drive about 7.5 miles into the scenic loop, then turn right on the paved two-way road leading into the Willow Spring area. Park soon for routes in the southern part, or continue farther in for climbs back near Ragged Edges.

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.1 miles from here

153 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',42],['2 Stars',63],['1 Star',26],['Bomb',2]
['<=5.6',29],['5.7',18],['5.8',18],['5.9',22],['5.10',28],['5.11',10],['5.12',1],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',12],['V2-3',7],['V4-5',3],['V6-7',1],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Willow Spring

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Willow Spring:
Tonto   5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Ragged Edges Area
Crooked Crack   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   Ragged Edges Area
Chocolate Tranquility Fountain   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   Willow Springs South
Peaches   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Children's Crag
Pillar Talk   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 2 pitches, 200'   Willow Springs South
Spiderline   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Outhouse Wall
Ragged Edges   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   Ragged Edges Area
Hard Case   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   The Case Face
Black Track   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Hidden Falls Wall
Soylent Green Jeans   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Mossy Ledges Area
Karate Crack   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Outhouse Wall
Bigfoot - aka Sole Slasher   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Hidden Falls Wall
Nadia's Nine   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 2 pitches, 180'   Willow Springs South
Kemosabe   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Ragged Edges Area
Plan F - first pitch (5.9)   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 50'   Ragged Edges Area
The Graduate   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   Graduate Cliff
Chicken Eruptus   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Ragged Edges Area
Sheep Trail   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 120'   Ragged Edges Area
Left Out   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   Hidden Falls Wall
Plan F   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Ragged Edges Area
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Featured Route For Willow Spring
Rock Climbing Photo: Little Big Horn

Little Big Horn 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  Nevada : Red Rock : ... : Lost Creek Lower Tier
This is a great route that you have to climb. Pretty stout. Fun crack climbing down low, tricky crux mid-way up, follow the corner to a roof and a few psychological moves on to the face above. Take the faint crack right and up to the top of the cliff. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Nevada

Photos of Willow Spring Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Ice at Hidden Falls. Photo by Blitzo.
Ice at Hidden Falls. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lynn Hill bouldering at Willow Spring, 1980. Photo...
Lynn Hill bouldering at Willow Spring, 1980. Photo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering at Willow Spring. 1980. Photo by Blitzo...
Bouldering at Willow Spring. 1980. Photo by Blitzo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Peruvian Flake. 1980. Photo by Blitzo.
Peruvian Flake. 1980. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: WILLOW SPRINGS
WILLOW SPRINGS
Rock Climbing Photo: The view from Willow Springs.
The view from Willow Springs.
Rock Climbing Photo: An undisclosed location above Willow Spring
An undisclosed location above Willow Spring
Rock Climbing Photo: Beautiful Willow Springs, Case Face area.
BETA PHOTO: Beautiful Willow Springs, Case Face area.
Rock Climbing Photo: Indian Hands-pictographs. Photo by Blitzo.
Indian Hands-pictographs. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Petroglyphs. Photo by Blitzo.
Petroglyphs. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: John Long top roping 5.11 in tennis shoes. 1981. P...
John Long top roping 5.11 in tennis shoes. 1981. P...
Rock Climbing Photo: More bouldering at Willow Spring. Photo by Blitzo.
More bouldering at Willow Spring. Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Young Lynn Hill playing at Willow Spring. Photo by...
Young Lynn Hill playing at Willow Spring. Photo by...

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