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Description 

The Black Corridor is an extremely popular area for 5.9-5.10 sport climbing. Usually shady apart from midday when the sun shines directly down into the corridor, this area tends to have it's own micro climate and is sheltered from the wind and climbable year-round.

Human waste is a major problem here: You'll notice the smell of urine as you enter the corridor as well as a Wag bag dispenser. Please use the Wag bags or return to the trailhead bathroom. If you have to urinate, please walk much further than "around the corner" to do your business.

The corridor can become extremely crowded - a little courtesy (keeping your equipment organized and out of the way of traffic, using your indoor voices, and keeping your children, pets, and significant others under control are all greatly encouraged).

The area is subdivided into two sections (the upper and lower levels) which are separated by a pile of boulders. Routes are listed clockwise within each section.

Getting There 

Follow the trail from the parking lot until it drops down into the lower wash. Continue walking through the wash and up and over slickrock passing several pools of water to another wash. Cross this sandy wash to another rib of slickrock. Up and over this into a narrow wash which is followed to the entrance to the lower level.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.1 miles from here

38 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',20],['2 Stars',17],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',9],['5.10',14],['5.11',13],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Black Corridor:
757 2x4   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Upper Level
Bonaire   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Lower Level
The CEL   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Lower Level
Bon Ez   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Lower Level
Lewd, Crude, and Misconstrued   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Upper Level
Dancin' with a God   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Upper Level
Burros Might Fly   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Lower Level
Vagabonds   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Lower Level
Fools Gold   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Upper Level
Black Gold   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Upper Level
The Heavy Hitter   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lower Level
Idiot Parade (aka Need to Rest)   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Lower Level
Burros Don't Gamble   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Lower Level
Friend   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Lower Level
Nightmare on Crude Street   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lower Level
Rebel Without a Pause   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Upper Level
Foe   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Lower Level
Oils Well that Ends Well   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   Upper Level
Psychobilly   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Lower Level
Livin' on Borrowed Time   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Upper Level
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Featured Route For The Black Corridor
Rebel Without a Pause

Rebel Without a Pause 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c  NV : Red Rock : ... : Upper Level
Hands down the best route in the Black Corridor - it is the obvious line that sits at the mouth of the upper section. It begins on a terrace then climbs up steep, heavily-chalked huecos....[more]   Browse More Classics in NV

Photos of The Black Corridor Slideshow Add Photo
Climbers in the Black Corridor, 5 frames HDR
Climbers in the Black Corridor, 5 frames HDR
Last route on the left before the higher level.
Last route on the left before the higher level.
Don't know the name of the route.
Don't know the name of the route.
Second Pullout Overview
BETA PHOTO: Second Pullout Overview
The coolest beetle ever inside the Black Corridor!...
The coolest beetle ever inside the Black Corridor!...
Bolt clipping near the Corridor, photo: Bob Horan
Bolt clipping near the Corridor, photo: Bob Horan
Gigette and JC in the lower corridor
Gigette and JC in the lower corridor
Fun climbing in the black corridor
Fun climbing in the black corridor
Typical Crowded day in the lower Black Corridor.  ...
Typical Crowded day in the lower Black Corridor. ...
Climbing fever! Spring break rush hour in the Corr...
Climbing fever! Spring break rush hour in the Corr...
A climber's shadow, preparing his rappel in the up...
A climber's shadow, preparing his rappel in the up...
Trying to figure out which route to do in the lowe...
Trying to figure out which route to do in the lowe...
Climbing out of the shade on Psychobilly at the Bl...
Climbing out of the shade on Psychobilly at the Bl...
view from above black corridor
view from above black corridor
BC from above
BC from above
BC from inside
BC from inside
Werner "the other" Braun in the Black Co...
Werner "the other" Braun in the Black Co...
Caterpillar
Caterpillar
Waste Bag dispenser at the Black Corridor courtesy...
Waste Bag dispenser at the Black Corridor courtesy...
A very full Black Corridor. Thanksgiving weekend 2...
A very full Black Corridor. Thanksgiving weekend 2...
The view
The view
Lower Black Corridor
BETA PHOTO: Lower Black Corridor
Mike and Sabe lookin for a warm up on an early chi...
Mike and Sabe lookin for a warm up on an early chi...
it's all MINE!!!  must be a weekday
it's all MINE!!! must be a weekday

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By John Hovell
From: San Francisco, California
Mar 13, 2015
CONDITION REPORT 
I was at the Black Corridor last Saturday 3/7 with a large group & a lot of us sharing draws. Somehow I ended up going home with no fewer than 5 draws that no one in my group thinks are theirs.

If you think they're yours, send me a message with what type they were (it's a mixed bag, almost none are the same) & I'll get them sent to you. Sorry about the mix up!
By manyalibo
From: ituri rainforest
Nov 10, 2006
It's a scarab beetle, family Scarabaeidae, common name Green June Beetle.
By Kaner
From: Eagle
Apr 2, 2007
I'm looking for a route name. It is the route nearest to the step between levels on the right-hand side(if you're walking in the lower level) of the lower level.
Felt like high-10 and a lot of fun. Sandy and dirty, save some juice to pull over the top!
By dnoB ekiM
Nov 1, 2009
Friend and Foe both have one or two "mangled" hangers. The hangers had clearly taken some big falls after being spun 90 degrees counter-clockwise. So, they have been bent flat and stretched a bit.
By Cunning Linguist
Jul 20, 2010
Those hangers are what we in the trad world call, "spicy", Mike.

Kidding. For anyone wondering, right now I'm semi-single handedly attempting to get all the hardware upgraded and replaced where necessary. If there's anything weird like a double set of bolts on a route, it means I haven't removed the old ones yet after adding a modern, non-BS cold shut, non-hardware store bolt.

This fall the Corridor should be safer and more fun than ever before, as you won't be crapping your pants at the conditions of the bolts.

Donations can be sent to the ASCA if you're not too broke or lazy. Beer money donations for myself and the Wrecking Crew can be left at Desert Rock Sports. Har har.
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jul 27, 2010
Foe got its mangled hanger replaced this spring.

I am semi-concerned about that route, though- the entire crux bulge is not attached to the rock at all...a little disconcerting when i was drilling into a giant hollow piece of rock!
By Cunning Linguist
May 9, 2011
Most of the Corridor now has new bolts/hangers. John Wilder, Scott Massey, Dave Retzlaff, Cassondra Long, Mike Bond, and many others helped out. Many thanks! Now the rest of you, donate to the ASCA please.
By John Hegyes
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jul 14, 2011
The new bolts are great. Thanks a lot!
By Eric-D
From: Las Vegas, nv
Jul 31, 2011
Hope this helps. Map from the 2nd pullout parking lot to the entrance of Black Corridor. This is for 1 of 3 possible routes and does go around the potholes for when they are full of water.

maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=2...
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jul 31, 2011
@Eric-D- that map is not correct. the approach drops into the wash on the right before breaking left onto the low slabs left of the pot-hole slot.
By Eric-D
From: Las Vegas, nv
Aug 5, 2011
John it is easier to take the wash. I will make sure to take that route next time and replace the map.
By Eric-D
From: Las Vegas, nv
Aug 9, 2011
I have sorted the routes from left to right. The routes start at the lower level left side, then to the upper level left, then to the upper level right side, then finally the right lower level. The routes go clockwise from the first route on the left around to the first route on the right.

There are a few routes in middle of the lower right area that may be out of order. Please let me know if there are any changes that need to be made.

Eric
By hasan
From: portland,me
May 24, 2012
Was there a few days ago, there's a 10c/d route, it was maybe third or fourth route on left when you enter. It has a big undercling flake w an X on it and its very fragile. It may be a good idea to break that off before it "falls on its own"/"climber steps on it" and it hits someone in the head or the belayer in the face.
By James Willis
From: Evanston, IL
Jan 2, 2014
I think there is a line missing from here on the lower left side of the corridor. One of the first couple 9s; I think its between The CEL and Bonaire. Its not in my guide book either. Anyone have any information?
By John Wilder
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jan 2, 2014
There are two routes between the Cel and Bonaire. They are currently named L2 and L3 and can be found in the route list on this page.
By James Willis
From: Evanston, IL
Jan 2, 2014
Yes I am aware of those two, I thought there was a third. Perhaps I just counted wrong.
By Arin
From: NW Las Vegas, NV
Apr 10, 2014
"I have sorted the routes from left to right. The routes start at the lower level left side, then to the upper level left, then to the upper level right side, then finally the right lower level. The routes go clockwise from the first route on the left around to the first route on the right.

There are a few routes in middle of the lower right area that may be out of order. Please let me know if there are any changes that need to be made.

Eric
"

Yeah I think Nightmare on Crude Street needs to be farther left on the right wall. I will double check this weekend.
By Henri Alexander
Dec 3, 2014
This area is a must for single pitch sport climbers and top-ropers alike. The rock is super solid and there are over 30 routes stacked into this narrow corridor that almost makes it look like an outdoor gym. While it can get pretty crowded, there is enough space and routes for all.
By Matt.C
From: Henderson, NV
Mar 18, 2015
Please don't smoke in the Corridor.
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