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Coal Creek Canyon

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6th Flatiron (Blue Mountain Dr.) 
Echo Canyon (aka The Scoop) 
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Coal Creek Canyon  


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Description 

Coal Creek Canyon (CO Hwy 72) is mostly private property but is host to at least one great crag at the top of the canyon that will be worth the drive.

Eds. There are various crags like Wonderland, Pinecliffe (perhaps now closed?), Forsythe Rock, Twin Sisters' three crags, The Shaft, Blue Mountain (most, if not all, on private land), and The Scoop/Echo Canyon. There are plenty of additional chunks of rock that may require careful map inspection to find legal access.

Getting There 

Drive South from Boulder 10 miles or north from Golden on CO Hwy 93, and go west on CO Hwy 72.

Climbing Season



Weather station 1.9 miles from here

14 Total Routes

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Featured Route For Coal Creek Canyon
John Shaft shown by green arrow and line.

John Shaft 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  CO : Coal Creek Canyon : ... : Shaft
The moves at the first 4 bolts are thin and the feet are hard to come by, no doubt the crux comes right off the deck. The route becomes easier, and it backs off for 20 feet. The final 3 bolts have thin, hard crimping again, there is an awesome pinching on long horizontal rail at the top out.There is a total of nine bolts, with 2 chain anchors. The anchors are not easily reached from the top of the crag, meaning a TR is challenging without first leading....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Coal Creek Canyon Slideshow Add Photo
The Scoop in better lighting.
The Scoop in better lighting.
Forsythe Rock draws the eye. There is at least one...
Forsythe Rock draws the eye. There is at least one...
Twin Sisters. This too has at least a route going ...
Twin Sisters. This too has at least a route going ...
Wonderland enjoyed from afar.   Hopefully the next...
Wonderland enjoyed from afar. Hopefully the next...

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