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Home - Climbing - Dinosaur Rock

The Vitals

Locals Tips

Get some cheap gas before you head back up the hill.

Dogs?

Yes

Links

Dinosaur Rock on Mountain Project, Rockclimbing.com.

The Routes (from L to R)

Sauron's Nest (5.5 )
Evolution of Man (5.7)
PA Corner (5.10a)
Big Bang (5.11b)
Edge of Doom (5.11c)
Lizard King (5.11b)
End of Time (5.6)
The Left Seam (5.10a)
Color Me Gone (5.9)
Tom's Travers (5.10)
Bloodshot (5.10a)
Deadman's Rappel (5.7)
The Gash (5.7)
Nose Bleed (5.10d)

Dinosaur Rock

When the weather in tahoe is chilly you can head down to the Carson valley and find some surprisingly good granite just off the road at Dinosaur Rock. The rock is a little over 130' at it's tallest and there are roughly 15 routes sharing 5 or 6 sets of anchors. Fortunately it doesn't see a whole lot of traffic so this rarely presents a problem. A few of the routes can be top roped easily and all can be toproped with a belay from above. However, the scramble to get up top makes leading one the easier routes and then setting up a TR the better option. All of the routes are fairly well bolted, and most offer plenty of opportunities to place gear making this a good training ground for lead climbing (both trad and sport).  While this is at a much lower elevation than Tahoe, it gets very little sun in the winter and there are better sun drenched spots at lake level for winter cragging. 10 draws should get you to the top of just about everything including setting up an anchor.

Dinosaur Rock Pictures

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Directions - From Lake Tahoe take Highway 50 east over Spooner summit and exit on Lake Tahoe Golf Course Drive (this is the newer interchange as you head down Spooner towards Carson). Follow it south until you turn left on Clear Creek Road. After about 2 miles there will be a good size dirt pullout on the right hand side, and the rocks will be obvious immediately past. Note: as of this time there are signs stating Clear Creek Road is private when coming from the west. You may also try the Carson City approach which turns onto Clear Creek Road from Highway 395 (this is the Costco Road). Follow the road until you see the obvious rocks on your left. The pullout is just past. There is no approach other than crossing a creek.


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