Classy Cliff Area Rock Climbing
Accessible year-round, the small, broken-up crags at the Classy Cliff Area are great for a quick after-work or mid-winter session. Since this area is located below the Independence Pass gate closure, access during the winter is easy and with a short approach it's possible to get in a bunch of pitches before darkness falls. There are three crags at this area: Master Headwall, Classy Cliff, and Dragon Rock.
All climbs are pretty short (30-40 feet) but closely stacked climbs make it easy to move from one to the next. There is a good mix of sport and trad climbs ranging from 5.6 to what is arguably one of the hardest cracks in the US (Orangutan Overhang 5.14-).
From Aspen, drive 4.3 miles to a large pulloff on the right side of the road where Classy cliff is clearly visible. Cross the road, hop over the barrier, and climb the short but steep trail. The first area you come to is Master Headwall. Above this, the trail branches left to Classy Cliff or right to Dragon Rock.
Climbing Season For the Independence Pass area.
Weather station 5.2 miles from here
19 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',8],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Classy Cliff Area
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Classy Cliff Area:
Featured Route For Classy Cliff Area
Time Bandit 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a CO
: Independence Pass
: ... : Classy Cliff
Time Bandit is the bolted line to the right of "Edge of Time". It has a slightly awkward start, then it eases off a bit until you reach the proper crux about at about 40' which follows a bolt to the right through a polished section of rock. I found the line to be a bit contrived, as a more natural weakness presents itself to the left to avoid the crux and meet up with the Edge of Time anchors....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
By Connor Reeves
Sep 23, 2014
Weekend of sept. 12-14th tons of hornets in all the holds on Classy cliff, the crack side. Edge of Time, Time Bandit, Vegetarian Meat Grinder and the eastern crag routes were fine. We had a guy in our group who was actually pretty seriously allergic to hornets and with the SKETCHY downclimb its something to be concerned about if he were to get stung in the face or chest.
A guidebook really helps here to find the trail up to the crag, but if you don't have one just walk uphill along the road till a gap in the concrete barriers lets you through to a woody slanting ridge that leads up to the crag. Our friends who got there earlier than us had a crazy sketchy time trying to go straight up from the road, not recommended. Also the conditions at the crag itself were really loose, we were kicking down rocks by accident all day. Felt more comfortable on the rock than at the belay position at most routes, except for the hornet infested Classy Cliff face (which actually was really nice besides the huge deadly hornets). The loose ones are really inviting to grab onto also. While setting up a TR on time bandit I accidentally cut loose a pretty sizeable rock that could easily have killed someone if it hit on the head or broken a bone so USE CAUTION and a helmet is useful here when belaying.