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Arch Rock is one of the more prominent rocks in Elevinmile Canyon, 4 miles up the road. A short approach will lead you to a slurry of fine moderate sport and trad climbs. The "sport" routes are typical of South Platte climbing, often mixed sport and trad, and hosting long runouts on easier terrain. Descent: The Routes can be descended from the top by heading to the SOUTH side of the rock and going down easier gullys and slopes past the dome. Expect morning shade, and afternoon sun.
This fine rock is 4 miles up the canyon and is easy to identify. Look for a dome with a series of unique grooves towards the north end. There are several turnoffs to park at below the crag.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Arch Rock:
The Staircase 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a Trad, 2 pitches
Waiting on the Staircase aka Unknown 2 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 90'
Middle Dihedral 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Hollow Flake 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad
Middle Meanie Crack 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 25'
Right Meanie Crack 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 30'
Zendance 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13 Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Obscura 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13 Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Waiting for Staircase 1-3 5.8- 5b 16 VI- VS 4c Sport, 1 pitch
Waiting on a Resolution aka Unknown 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c R Sport, 1 pitch, 115'
Arch Rock Route 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 2 pitches, 250'
Mighty Young Joe aka Captain Fist 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch
Persistence 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
Kansas Honey 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, Sport, TR, 3 pitches, 115'
Zamboni Man 5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Death by Drowning 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, Sport, 3 pitches, 200'
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The Staircase 5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a CO : South Platte : ... : Arch Rock
This great moderate route goes up the prominent notches on the North side of Arch Rock.Start the climb by finding the low angled dihedral below the notches. This first pitch is interesting, with actual moves and great protection. Hold up a nut and the crack will swallow it. Make a belay on the prominent ledge below the steeper, upper part of the climb. Take heart, the climb is easier than it looks. Enjoyable stemming, and crack climbing takes you up the obvious "steps". Above the steps, st...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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