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The Hood

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About The Hood:

The Hood, as it is known, is a small collection of cliffs located in Trail Canyon on Mt. Charleston. It is home to the best sport climbing in the area and also has the highest concentration of developed routes on Mt. Charleston.

After hiking up the canyon, you will come to a serious of short cliffs a short hike from the main trail. It is these individual cliffs that are collectively known as the Hood.

Access Alert: Due to construction nearby, the main trail to the Hood is closed. A temporary trail has been created, however, still allowing access to the area. Parking is also an issue, as the main parking area is closed as well. The closest parking is either at Mary Jane or on the street nearby. Please be respectful to the homeowners should you choose the latter option.

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Cliffs at the Hood: Below are a list of cliffs at the Hood. Each of these is a link that will take you to the cliff page and the routes on that cliff.

Infectious Wall and Cave: This is the crag located on the far left of the Hood and is home to an area classic: Infectious Groove.

Walk By Slab: This is really the first climbing cliff on the Hood proper, it is just left of the cave that the trail ends up at. Classics include: Watts Up and Friendly Fire.

Corrosion Cave: This is the first wall you see when you arrive at the Hood. It has some great climbs in it, including Warlord, Direct Hit, and of course, Corrosion.

The Pine Tree Ledge: Just right of Corrosion Cave is a ledge with a, you guessed it, big Pine Tree. Some great, yet tough routes here, including: Gun Tower and Cop Killer.

South Central: After the Pine Tree ledge is a huge chunk of slightly overhanging limestone that stretches for a couple hundred feet until you come to another large cave. This is South Central, which includes the classics: Boyz in the Hood, Borderline, and Rappin' Boys.

Souls Cave: Just to the right of South Central, this large cave is home to some very stout routes. Every route in this area is very high quality.

Souls Slab: Just right of the Souls Cave, and just before the monstrous Compton Cave is a buttress with a large slab on it. There are some great routes here, including possibly the best 5.10a on the mountain, Feel No Evil.

Compton Cave: Just past the Souls Slab is a cave so big that a 100' route doesnt even reach the outside lip of it. This cave is home to the hardest route on the mountain, Hasta La Vista, 5.14c.

Approach: Climbers trail leads left just past the Wilderness Area sign about 1/4 mile up the trail. Parking is available along Echo Rd.
Approach Time: 20 minutes
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Rock Type: Limestone
Type of Climbing: Sport
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SequenceSequence numbers indicate the left (L) to right (R) order of the routes. Rating Route Difficulty Ascents
Average Rating = 3.00/5 Mt Hood 5.10a 1
Average Rating = 3.00/5 The Hood 5.9 1
0 Average Rating = 3.00/5 Do-Do Love 5.9 1
0 Average Rating = 3.00/5 Touch of Grey 5.10a 1