Like many of the climbing areas around Reno, Sparks, Carson City and Gardnerville, River Rock isn’t a major grade IV-VI climbing destination but is fantastic for half-day excursions and day hikes. A granite formation halfway between Truckee and Reno with moderate climbs, River Rock is good for winter climbs when conditions in Tahoe aren’t as favorable.
YDS: 5.5 - 5.13+
Getting There:Take I-80 west from Reno. River Rock is located about 2.5 miles east of the Farad exit. Approach from the pullout/parking area takes around 20 minutes. From the gate, walk downhill and cross the railroad tracks. Then walk downstream parallel to the railroad tracks and cross the suspension bridge. Once across the bridge, stay to the left of the levee until you can cross the channel and hike to the rock.