Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 13, 2013 - 10:54am PT
Visiting the area for a couple of weeks with family and would like to get out to some areas suitable for kids. Looking for something with a hike less than 2 miles, no climbers or dogs on ledges above, gets some sun and in the 5.2 to 5.8 range. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
Moderate Mecca has loose/chossy rock and some drop-offs below the cliff, check out before bringing kids.
Left of Ragged Edges has some good low-angle trad, but no convenient anchors (in general) and need to be careful with loose rocks when walking off. Sun in the morning only and only for a limited time.
Panty Wall and nearly all sport crags have bases that may not be kid friendly (or may be very unfriendly) depending on age, again you want to go check them out first. Lots of drop-offs and scrambling problems with little kids.
Red Rocks is generally really non-kid-friendly. Joshua Tree is 4 hours away.
I agree, Red Rocks in not friendly at all. Plus each time I've been there, I cross paths with a photographer taking pictures of a nude. No idea why... I've only been there three times and three times I've had a hit on a similar scene. Not my kinda thing I want to need to explain to my kiddo.
Thanks so much everyone, my son is 6 1/2 and daughter is 4 1/2. I've have not promoted climbing with my kids but it seems to no avail as they really enjoy it and ask me all the time when we can go. Must be in the dna as I don't even climb myself these days. This is not my first time here and I have to agree that there are not many safe landings for small kids. I will ckeck out Panty wall with my son and maybe check out the other recommendations on my own and see if they are suitable for a supervised 4 year old. I'd love to go to JT as Rolf is there and it's been a long time since I voluntarily donated skin to the rock gods but we are only here for two weeks. I love Nevada!
Sunnyside crags in Icebox is probably getting sun by now, great base for kids, no worries about people above, but limited in the 5.8/under range (and the classic 5.8 corner - Cold September Corner - is burly for the rating - well actually more intimidating than burly). One good 5.7 (Shady Ladies) and a fun 5.9 TR from that anchor, then Cold September Corner 5.8 (couple 4" cams needed), then if you dig up a rope gun Mister Masters is a sweet trad juggy route, 5.9+. Half rope length too, very convenient.