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Mule Deer Trail Golden Gate State Park
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The Boulevard
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This "area" is for alpine rock climbing in Colorado. Alpine is probably the true "Mountain" Project terrain. These routes truly lie in the mountains. This is the terrain of the alpinist, the all-arounder. Generally here, you must be comfortable in whatever the environment will throw at you.

Alpine is the home of the marmots and pikas in the warmer months. In the colder months, this is the land of the frozen. Scattered here is the terrain in which weather, exposure, season, loose rock, ice, snow, route-finding, lightning, precipitation, and altitude can dramatically affect one's experience. All these climbs involve heights of at least 8,000 feet and are above treeline. With these factors comes increased risks but potential for increased rewards and memories that can last a lifetime.

Getting There 

These climbs cover the state from the Crestones, the Sangre de Cristos, the Mosquito Range, the Collegiates, the Sawatch, the San Juans, the Gores, the Front Range, the Elks, the Indian Peaks, the Mummy Range, the Never Summer Mountains, Rocky Mountain National Park or whatever range you wish to include. Look high and you will find them. You will drive but then you will hike, since most all of these will require some extended approaches. Some will require overnight trips. Nearly all will have season considerations for the majority of climbers.

Climbing Season

682 Total Routes

['4 Stars',95],['3 Stars',273],['2 Stars',225],['1 Star',72],['Bomb',6]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Alpine Rock:
The Ladder   V2 5+     Boulder, Alpine, 1 pitch, 10'   Area A : Bierstadt Area
Little Bear-Blanca Traverse   5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c     Trad, Alpine   Blanca Peak
Kiener's Route   5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a Easy Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, Grade II   Long's Peak : Upper East Face
Wham Ridge   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R     Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 2000'   The Grenadiers : Vestal Peak
North Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches   Glacier Gorge : Spearhead
Northeast Ridge   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches   RMNP - Rock : Sharkstooth
Ellingwood Ledges   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, Grade III   The Crestones
South Face   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches   RMNP - Rock : Petit Grepon
Culp-Bossier   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches   RMNP - Rock : Hallett Peak
The Flying Buttress   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   RMNP - Rock : Mt. Meeker
Syke's Sickle   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 900'   Glacier Gorge : Spearhead
Casual Route   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches   Long's Peak : The Diamond
The Barb   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 9 pitches   Glacier Gorge : Spearhead
Days of Heaven   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 3 pitches, 200'   Fern Canyon Rocks : Rock Of Ages
Pervertical Sanctuary   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   Long's Peak : The Diamond
Yellow Wall   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, 1000'   Long's Peak : The Diamond
D7   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   Long's Peak : The Diamond
Ariana   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   Long's Peak : The Diamond
Sinners On Sunday   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a C0     Trad, Aid, Alpine, 6 pitches, 700'   Mt. Evans : The Black Wall
The Wasp   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Trad, 1 pitch, 95'   Fern Canyon Rocks : Rock Of Ages
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Featured Route For Alpine Rock
Hitting the first good hold.

Deep Puddle Dynamics V9+ 7C  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Deep Puddle Dynamics
Perfect slopers on a gently overhanging face. An absolute classic, perhaps the best 9 in the Park! Start on the UNDERCLINGS! Confirmed with DG. Beta. Start on the underclings. Negotiate a match on the square cut sloper and reach up to a suprisingly good (but small) crimp. Left foot up on a small point, toe hook underneath the roof and hit the first sloper left-handed. Reset the toe hook higher and bump to a better sloper. Match. Release Toe hook, right foot on square sloper and go up t...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Hi there, guys!
Hi there, guys!
Quite the gathering of juveniles. <br />
Quite the gathering of juveniles.
Clearing snowstorm in the Grenadiers.
Clearing snowstorm in the Grenadiers.
Mountain goats.
Mountain goats.
Remote San Juan wall.
Remote San Juan wall.
One of a herd of mountain goats just above the Lenawee Mountain lift at A-Basin.
One of a herd of mountain goats just above the Len...
The Diamond.
The Diamond.
Great bouldering up Lime Creek . . . I think.
Great bouldering up Lime Creek . . . I think.
Kelso summit goat.
Kelso summit goat.
La Platas sunrise from Mesa Verde, 9-2009.
La Platas sunrise from Mesa Verde, 9-2009.
Grazing rights.
BETA PHOTO: Grazing rights.
San Juan vista.
San Juan vista.
Long's Peak Diamond and boulderfield. <br /> <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Long's Peak Diamond and boulderfield.

Photo by Bl...
To serve, to strive . . . .
To serve, to strive . . . .
Monitor Peak's East face in the Needles in Colorado's San Juan Range.
Monitor Peak's East face in the Needles in Colorad...
Leaving Beartown and Hunchback Pass . . . .
Leaving Beartown and Hunchback Pass . . . .
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