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Colorado  


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Welcome 

Looking for classic trad lines in Eldorado Canyon SP, multi-pitch alpine routes in "The Park" or maybe you want to get scared in the Black Canyon? Or perhaps you want to climb some ice or work on some mixed, nasty stuff? Hopefully you'll find it here on the most comprehensive climbing database in Colorado.

Areas are grouped, in general, geographically to their nearest major town to help you locate climbing areas and plan your trips. Local info, such as, where to stay, good places to eat, brew pubs etc. have been added as well to make your stay more enjoyable. If you can't find the information you need, then go to the forums and ask a question.

Either search for routes by area and then crag via the menu to the left of this page, or use the search tool to locate routes by different criteria, such as grade and location. With approximately 5700 routes (and growing), hopefully you can find something to your liking.

If you are looking for specific types of climbing, like sport, trad, ice, etc., you can lock on to those routes quickly by using the show routes drop down box. It's located just above the select area menu on the left side of the page. For example, if you select ice, you will see all the ice climbing locations in Colorado. The number of routes is listed in bright red!

Or, if you only want the ice/mixed climbs, you can connect to the temporary collection of ice/mixed routes. Please give us feedback.

A new area we're trying out is a section on Indoor Walls in the state. There are some deals, some interesting features, and info for these walls for when you you're pulling on plastic.

Resources 

Ice Conditions
Quick link for the latest ice conditions that have been reported. Going somewhere new this weekend and not sure about whether the ice is in or not, then post a question in the ice conditions forum.

Seasonal Closures
Quick link to seasonal closures in Colorado.

Current Weather
Actual weather and temperatures throughout Colorado. The link above is for Denver/Boulder or NOAA and enter a nearby city.

Colorado Web Cams
The title says it all, web cams throughout Colorado to help you decide where to go today!

American Alpine Club
Founded in 1902, The American Alpine Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting climbing knowledge, conserving mountain environments, and serving the American climbing community. The library for the AAC in Golden is the largest public library in the country for climbing!

Access Fund
Since 1990, the Access Fund has been the only national advocacy organization that keeps climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment. If you only donate to one climbing organization this year, please consider supporting the Access Fund.

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Weather station 2.2 miles from here

18,660 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Colorado:
East Face (Standard)   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 8 pitches   North : Third Flatiron
Direct Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, 10 pitches   North : First Flatiron
Calypso   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches   The Wind Tower : Wind Tower - SW Face
Rewritten   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 6 pitches   Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Lumpe to the to...
The Bastille Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 350'   The Bastille : The Bastille - N Face
Kor's Flake   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   Lumpy Ridge : Sundance Buttress
Wind Ridge   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 4 pitches   The Wind Tower : Wind Tower - SW Face
Playin' Hooky   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   Clear Creek Canyon : Creek Side
Pear Buttress   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches   The Book : J-Crack Slab Area
South Face   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches   RMNP - Rock : Petit Grepon
Ruper   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches   Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower One
The Yellow Spur   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 6 pitches   Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower One
Center Route   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Cathedral Spires Area : Cynical Pinnacle
Rosy Crucifixion   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Trad, 3 pitches   Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower Two
Casual Route   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches   Long's Peak : The Diamond
Outer Space   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R     Trad, 2 pitches   The Bastille : The Bastille - N Face
Pervertical Sanctuary   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   Long's Peak : The Diamond
The Naked Edge   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 6 pitches, 460'   Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower Two
Sinners On Sunday   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a C0     Trad, Aid, Alpine, 6 pitches, 700'   Mt. Evans : The Black Wall
Archangel   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 2 pitches, 100'   Upper Dream Canyon : Lost Angel
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Featured Route For Colorado
Running out the big slab.

East Face South Side 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b CO : Flatirons : ... : Fum
This is a great route that climbs the Left (South) side of the East face of Fum. We climbed it with a 60m rope and were able to complete the climb in two pitches the first one being a full 60m.If climbing with a shorter ropem you may simul-climb or belay at the flake described below (not that good of a belay though)Start at the low point of the rock just right of the gully that separates Fo from Fum. P1. Climb a left-leaning, shallow, hand crack that disappears after some 50 feet. This section p...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Colorado Slideshow Add Photo
Pretty flowers.
Pretty flowers.
Bouldering in Vail. It's not Photoshopped, I swear.
Bouldering in Vail. It's not Photoshopped, I swear...
Aspens along Chalk Creek.
Aspens along Chalk Creek.
Lower Ice Lake Basin.
Lower Ice Lake Basin.
Island Lake.
Island Lake.
Ice Lake.
Ice Lake.
The Diamond, Long's Peak, RMNP.
The Diamond, Long's Peak, RMNP.
Sangre de Cristos behind the Sand Dunes.
Sangre de Cristos behind the Sand Dunes.
If you're looking for a little rest from climbing and want a nice hike around Glenwood, join the flocking tourists to Hanging Lake. Despite the crowds, it's still worth it.
If you're looking for a little rest from climbing ...
Vermillion.
Vermillion.
By Fish Creek Falls near Steamboat.
By Fish Creek Falls near Steamboat.
Verde Lakes.
Verde Lakes.
Base of the North Pole Peak.
Base of the North Pole Peak.
John Long looking burly on the Ripper Traverse (B1), Pueblo Area. <br /> <br />Photo by John Gill.
John Long looking burly on the Ripper Traverse (B1...
Yankee Boy Basin. <br />San Juans. <br /> <br />July 2008. <br /> <br />A day without climbing is like...this.
Yankee Boy Basin.
San Juans.

July 2008.

A day wi...
North Chasm Wall, Black Canyon of Gunnison.
North Chasm Wall, Black Canyon of Gunnison.
Colorado skies.
Colorado skies.
Crack climbing.
Crack climbing.
Bouldering Impressions by Bob Horan.
Bouldering Impressions by Bob Horan.
Fish Creek Falls (Steamboat Springs).
Fish Creek Falls (Steamboat Springs).
Dune.
Dune.
"The Diamond". <br />Photo by Blitzo.
"The Diamond".
Photo by Blitzo.
I think this was Long House at Mesa Verde.  2005.
I think this was Long House at Mesa Verde. 2005. ...
Colorado high peaks-Winter. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Colorado high peaks-Winter.
Photo by Blitzo.

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Comments displayed oldest to newestSkip Ahead to the Most Recent Dated Dec 28, 2013
By Greg Sievers
From: Estes Park, CO
Oct 24, 2006
LUMPY RIDGE, Estes Park, CO
NPS officials at Rocky Mountain National Park have indicated they hope to open the new Twin Owls parking lot immediately following paving, they are shooting for Memorial Day 2007.
By Greg Sievers
From: Estes Park, CO
Sep 19, 2007
7th Annual Lumpy Trails Day at Lumpy Ridge,
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado.
The Central Rockies Section of the AAC will be hosting a trail improvement day at Lumpy Ridge in Estes Park, Colorado. This project is in conjunction with the Access Fund ‘Adopt-A-Crag’ program. A full day is scheduled on Sunday, October 14th. Interested persons should register early by emailing event organizer Greg Sievers at gsievers57@cs.com, or calling 970-586-4075. Only those registered will receive a free lunch at the work site and T-shirt.
The group will meet at 7:30am at the Estes Park Town Hall parking lot on MacGregor Ave (downtown next to the police dept. and behind the library) where coffee and donuts will be provided. National park staff will supply tools and transportation to the trailhead. Volunteers should bring gloves, plenty of water, dress appropriately and are encouraged to stay for the full day (but part day help is very welcome). All volunteers in attendance at 4pm will be eligible for gifts and raffle items that are sure to please and thrill.
A good turnout will prove that ‘climbers’ are good stewards of the land and considerate users but also proactive about our interaction with one of this countries largest land management agencies. This year’s goals include work on the badly eroded “Batman Rock” approach trail. In 2005 this event won the Access Fund’s “Adopt-a-Crag of the year award”. Be part of this energetic proactive event and the beauty of splitter Lumpy granite.
By Cheryl Claman-Brennan
Jul 6, 2009
I am heading into the year anniversary of my husband of 18 years, and father of three beautiful children, who fell last year while climbing in Eldorado Canyon and passed away on July 19th. His name was Preston Brennan. Tomorrow will be my first trip up to the route from which he fell. I have not been able to find the strength to go up there, but look at the canyon from my home everyday with a heavy heart. My hope is that by going up there I will find some peace in the beauty of the canyon, say a prayer and leave a lot of love for all of you who love to climb as much as he did. Next week I will bring the kids who all want to do something, they do not know what to send their love to their dad who they miss everyday. I want to once again thank everyone who helped that day, and all who sent words of kindness to my family, Preston, and Preston's gf Allison, who was with him when he fell. Cheryl Brennan
By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Sep 23, 2013
With all of the devastation coming from the floods, it is remarkable that most of the Clear Creek drainage has escaped significant damage. From the Eisenhower tunnel to Denver, there appeared to be no significant damage, just high water. Things could have been much worse had Clear Creek flooded as well.
By JJ Calhoun
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Dec 28, 2013
CAMS LEFT ON ROUTE ON TURKEY TAIL. (TURKEY ROCKS).

FRIEND WAS HURT AND HAD TO BAIL.

PLEASE CALL (719)337-5485. -JJ


(I WILL TRY TO RETURN ON SUNDAY
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