Climbed this on with Harlan, CP, Aron and Jason P. Descended via Oak Creek Canyon.
Scrambled up the route from Juniper Canyon as a Plan B while waiting for the rock to dry out for technical climbing. With CP, DB, Luca, Ephrat, Jeff, Kyle, Steph, Ryan & Abe.
hwy 160 Mountain Springs,turned north at the saloon taking the dirt road behind the DOT station. Drove for approx. 1/2 mile and parked. Hike the dirt road to the top of the ridge going across country to the north/south ridge going to Mountain Springs Peak.
Black Velvet is in view from there. Took the limestone ridge down to where it meets the sandstone. Followed the cairns to the peak. very easy route.
up the route under Rainbow Wall. Devious! Down via Oak Creek.
With Carissa Unger and Lewis Kunik.
Tried to get to the top of that gorgeous Cloud Tower but got stuck behind some parties and turned back with only two pitches to go!
Solar slab the whole way. Two pitches from the top. Ahhhrrrgh haha!
With Matthew on a fine day around Thanksgiving. Trip Report
Got through the first two pitches of Solar Slab itself, then had to bail thanks to a lack of sunlight. CLASSIC climb!!!! I'm still amazed RR does not get more traffic! Spectacular climbing
Branch Whitney lead 7 of us for 4 peaks (Juniper, Gunsight Notch, Rainbow and Mt.Wilson) peak in 1 Day hike.
About 13 mile and 8,000 ft elevation gain. Only 4 hikers made it.
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CLIMBED WITH BRANDON ET AL VIA OAK CRK
PINE CRK/GUNSIGHT NOTCH 5/22/01
CLIMBED VIA OAK CRK 3/2/02 W/ALAN N
OAK CRK 1/21/03, 4/29/05, 10/3/05, 2/26/06, 3/15/15
JUNIPER CYN SCRAMBLE 4/26/07 5/22/08, 1/26/14, 5/27/16, 4/19/17
JUNIPER CYN to Gunsight Notch to peak with return down Juniper cyn without the ledges with Peter, Barb and Harlan 5/23/10,Also 1/25/15 w/Barb, Jacquie and Tom
RAINBOW DIRECT 12/12/12, 2/21/13, 12/3/13, 3/23/14, 11/15/16,
RAINBOW W/O LEDGES up/Rainbow Direct down 5/5/16
Fun day climb startted at 7am and ended about 3pm we were walking out in the dark after an hour of raping
"we were walking out in the dark after an hour of raping"
...was it burros? :)
Thanks for a good chuckle!
Just led a group of 13 up this new route that Richard N. and I found in April 2007. It cuts the distance in half compared to any other route. I believe it is the best route in Red Rock.
The route via Oak Creek is more scenic than this one. However, this is a guick way to get up both Rainbow Peak and Rainbow Wall. Photos are here: Rainbow Peak and Wall via Gunsight Notch
I and a buddy were waiting at the gate when it opened and were the first on-route – just barely. We fought the cold and wind all the way up Crimson Chrysalis and it took a total of 9 hours for us to ascend and rap off the route. It truly was a fantastic route. The trail there is real confusing, hike in the area beforehand. Get there very early. Bring extra layers and a pee bottle.
Started a bit too late and was slowed down by the fact that I was climbing with two others as a three person team. Overall, A rather spectacular climb! We made it to the 9th pitch (including the Solar gulley 'pitches'). The first pitch of Solar Slab was perfect: Exposed, long, easy, and excellent gear placements. Bring a jacket in late winter- for there is nothing 'solar' about the route during such times. Thanks Aarash for recommending such an excellent route, wish you could have been there with us! (BTW Josh, your sub 25 minute ascent of this route makes me want to quit climbing :-)
Route-finding on the last ridge is a bit tricky, and rather unforgiving. The fastest way up is via Juniper Canyon, and around the backside of Rainbow Wall, but that route is very confusing. The Oak Cr route described here is a better choice for 1st-timers.
The "Rainbow Mountain" described here is what Branch Whitney refers to as "Rainbow Peak". The "Rainbow Mountain" described by the DPS is actually the "Rainbow Wall" described here (summitpost) and in Branch Whitney's guides.
The USGS map has a label "Rainbow Mountain" on the topo near the 6810' peak, but the USGS names are not sacrosanct, and were usually picked by asking locals, "what's that?" Check out the label for "Bridge Mountain" if you need convincing. However, the USGS deci_nv file lists:
845609|NV|Rainbow Mountain|summit|Clark|32|003|360629N|1152922W|36.10806|-115.48944|||||6810|||Blue Diamond
...so they have further ingrained that the 6810' peak is
From the scenic loop, the 6810' "Peak" looks dominant. But from the Lovell Canyon side -- the traditional hiking route, before the late 90's-- the "Peak" is just a lump, and the 6924' "Wall" is the obvious highpoint.
To add to the confusion, the Las Vegas Mountaineers' Club used to list "Rainbow Peak" as 6924', as a summit on their peakbagger list. I asked ffor a clarification on this, and was told that they meant the 6924' summit ("Wall") was the intended goal for peak-baggers.
Few people ever go to the 6810' Peak described here, partly because of the class 4 downclimb. Usually, when people say they've hiked up Rainbow Mountain, they mean "Rainbow Wall".
Power Failure (Mar. ??, 2009). Nice climbing in a small package (3P). Shirley took the middle (crux) pitch. Final pitch was soft for 10a. TR here.
Black Orpheus (Oct. 7, 2007). Shirley & I climbed this swapping leads. I somehow did not have big expectations for this route (mid 30% of it is kinda forgettable) but we actually had a very fun time on it. The pitches that get the high rating (.9 & .9+/10a) were actually kind of what one would expect. We found the last 2 pitches kind of harder than expected esp. the 5.5 slab at the very top...in fact ST has the very top of P11 labeled as 5.2. Maybe I missed an easier line?? Descent & hike out were long. Passed Fred Beckey day before as he was hiking into Pine Creek.
Ginger Cracks (Nov. 26, 2004). Final and best route of our trip to RR. Wonderful mix of climbing. The chimney on P2 looks intimidating but is in fact a ton of fun (stellar pro). Doesn't feel as exposed as Crimson but the climbing is more varied (and unlike Crimson has only 1 hanging belay). 5.9 pitch seems to have run into a retrobolter (bolts in places that take small cams - why?). I pulled off a 1X1 foot block on that pitch and after giving everyone on the wall a loud, profanity-ladden warning, launched it down.
Beulah's Book(Nov. 25, 2004). Great short route. The short chimney is unforgettable. The layback above is easier than it looks. There was human (or I should say subhuman filthy animal) turd above chimney on P2. We thought about doing Solar Slab but changed our minds when we got in line, took the number and it read "11"....next time.
Crimson Chrysalis (Jul. 11, 2004). Shirley and I climbed this under the July sun. Actually conditions on the climb were perfect. The route is in the shade most of the day and cool breezes roll through constantly. Best part of the day was the fact that we were the only people on route ALL day. Unbelievable!! The route is beautiful and truly deserves its status as a classic. Have never climbed a 5.8 like this before. It takes a straight line up the nearly vertical north face of Cloud Tower (I think it IS vertical for first 3.5 pitches). You get this "big wall" feel as all the belays (excpt two) are hanging. All belays are beautifully (triply or quadruply) bolted (and equipped with rap rings). All bolts (except ones on P9) are shiny new and beefy. This was the 2nd highpoint of the climbing season so far this year (1st being the Tip of Lost Arrow Spire in Yos.)!!
Johnny Vegas (Jan. 3, 2004). Fun short route. P2 seemed a bit runout.
Solar Slab Gully (Jan. 1, 2003) incl. 1st pitch of Solar Slab. Will go back sometime to finish SS.
One of the best hiking routes in the Red Rock area. Oak Creek Canyon is extremely scenic. The cascades were flowing everywhere. The ramp up to the summit ridge is quick and easy. Some nice, exposed class 3 & 4 scrambling just before the main summit. From the top, great views of Rainbow Wall, Juniper Peak, Bridge Mountain, Mt. Wilson, etc. My new favorite Red Rock peak.