The paiute wall sits at the top of the North fork of Pine creek canyon. Named after a recon mission by the Uriostes in the early 1980's, this wall has been left untouched until recently. Facing directly east the wall see's morning and early afternoon sun. However it's altitude makes it undesirable in winter months. The name comes from the Paiute native American tribe who inhabited the Las Vegas valley.
There are 2 ways to access the Paiute wall. The first is to hike up the North fork of Pine creek canyon. This is a fairly long hike with plenty of boulder hopping and bushwhacking. Near the top you'll have to scramble or climb up cliffs and slabs to reach the base of the wall. If you choose to access the wall this way the descent is to go down the shoulder to the north, following the bridge mountain trail. Once you reach the saddle, before the final 3rd class scramble up Bridge mountain, descend slabs back south into Pine creek. The Alternative approach is to hike in from the Rocky Gap road, utilizing the Bridge Mountain trail. You will need a high clearance vehicle to reach the trailhead. To reach the base of the wall Descend the slabs from the saddle mentioned previously. Look for a ledge leading across an ampitheater of rock on the northern shoulder of the wall. Walk this ledge until oak brush forces you to climb down and around it. It may be desirable to rope up and climb a 200ft Horizontal pitch here, as the climbing is very exposed, but easy. After this traverse scramble up the obvious slabs to reach the base of the wall. The top outs are virtually on the Bridge mountain trail, which allows you to follow it back to the trailhead.
Pitch #1: Begin up a right facing corner on thin finger's and face climbing. Climb over a varnished flake and layback the finger crack above. Conitnue upward through a couple of squeeze chimney's and a bit of face climbing. Belay at a good stance about 8-10ft above a small pine growing out of the rock. Save a #1 & #2 camalot for the belay. 5.9, 190ft.Pitch #2: Climb a very short distance up then traverse left to reach a polished slab and a left facing corner. follow the c...[more]Browse More Classics in NV