This is a long cliff comprised of the same Wingate sandstone encountered at Indian Creek. Although not as well fractured, the cliff is 350' tall and provides some good multi-pitch routes.
From Bedrock, drive north a short distance and turn right on 950 road. When this Ts out, go left (X). The road turns right and becomes 900 road. When the road turns left again (V), turn right onto a poor dirt road. Bear left at a junction. Drive until your vehicle refuses to deal with the increasingly rugged terrain. A high clearance vehicle gets you a little closer but not that much. Camping is available along this road.
The road eventually turns into a climber's trail, well cairned, leading to the cliffs. The approach is obvious and involves about 800' of elevation gain.
Wow! This is a sweet pitch! Climb the clean, right-facing dihedral. It is mostly thin hands, but it has a little wide section in the middle to keep things interesting. This route would have a line in it if it was located in Indian Creek! There is a second pitch according to the book that we did not climb....[more]Browse More Classics in CO
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I knew it was a matter of time before this gem became more popular.
Camping: there are a few campsites along the road and where it ends. They are all primitive and using leave no trace camping ethics is advised.
Approach: a solid 45 minute vertical hike is required to reach the base of the wall. Have fun trekking all those cams up there.
Bird nesting: All I know is that last spring my rope gun and I were about to begin the second pitch of "Cheeseheads" (5.12-)on Paradise Wall when Mother Nature changed our plans. The whole first pitch we kept hearing some bird screaming. We weren’t sure were it was coming from until after transferring the rack I looked up and saw a huge eagle looking down at me from a ledge about 80 above. It then jumped off and did a flyby of our heads. We decided to rap instead of disturbing a possible nest and possibly having my eyes gashed out from a pissed off bird. We never saw a nest or baby bird. However, the behavior of that eagle causes me to believe that there is a possibility of nesting in the area. Thus, be aware of possible rapture nesting in the area and use good environmental judgment when climbing there. Maybe save climbing here for the fall or only do the single pitch stuff. Personally, I feel if we as a climbing community govern ourselves with respect to the natural environment we won’t have to deal with bureaucratic suits directing us.
Access: I have no idea where private and public landlines are set. However, there seems to be a lot of ranches in the area, so please respect the locals.
Food and drink: Make sure to check out the Bedrock gas station for a cold beverage and chips. This place is nothing like your stereotypical urban gas outlet.
Wow, is this a huge approach and the quality of the rock leaves something to be desired...not to mention the gnarly road to get in there? Some pretty cool climbs, but it is probably not worth the brutal grind (1000' vert) up the slippery ball-bearings. Next time I'll keep driving to Indian Creek, where you can find hundreds of 5 star climbs close to the road.
I just got back from a trip to this area. The setting is stunningly beautiful albeit extremely primitive and remote. The rock quality is on par with IC, but the cracks generally aren't as clean or as tightly grouped together. There are far more routes here than are listed in the current guidebooks! We ended up just eyeballing many mystery cracks and onsighting everything. To get ther,e you first must find a faint old unmarked double-track road that heads straight to the wall and follow it until your (high clearance) 4X4 can't go any further. I saw no cairns or any obvious trail and ended up bushwhacking straight up to the cliff heading to the right of the huge arch. We spotted about 12-15 high quality routes and only a faint trail traversing along the base. Many routes seemed to go multiple pitches. This place also has really "fresh" feel complete with loose rock and sharp edges everywhere! Hiking 45 minutes UP with an IC-sized rack is no fun, but the area is super cool. There is a ton of new route development to be done here, too. Going all the way to the Creek next trip!
I recently went to Carpenter Ridge and some of the smaller crags in the area. Not only does it take forever to get there, but the network of endless and poorly marked dirt roads beats the crap out of your vehicle and adds more time till the beginning of huge approaches up some of the worst talus fields I've ever been on, only to lead to mediocre climbing. Next time I'm in the area, I'm going to just keep going to Potash where I can belay off my bumper or the Creek where I can borrow cams or climb top-rope like everyone else.