The Southwest — Red Rocks

Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Climbing in the Red Rocks? Here are two of the best places to go for classic trad climbs with spectacular views from the top.

Olive Oil, a multi-pitch classic (easy 5.7, trad), travels up and around the side of the mountain, is a classic. The view is stunning on the way up, and the descent is easy down the side with a little light scrambling over rocks.

Great Red Book is a two pitch route (easy 5.8, trad) with a hard ascent, due to the having to haul your gear over a lot of rocks for a mile or so up the slope in Calico Basin, but the view is worth it at the top, and the descent around the cliff is easy.


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