Eldorado Mountain Rock Climbing
Zephyr ad from National Geographic, October 1957.
This area includes everything on Eldorado Mountain, which is South of Eldorado Canyon. The most recognizable rock is the Mickey Mouse Ears on Mickey Mouse Wall. Rossiter's new Eldo book lists many more recently developed crags on this hill.
The ridges are numbers left to right (south to north) here. Some guidebooks have listed the ridges from right to left (north to south), so there is potential for confusion.
There is a lot of poison ivy in the area. If you are sensitive, watch out for it.
Some of the bolting here involves use of atypical or homemade hangers. Some of the bolts have been shot at by irritated landowners. Use caution.
There are many approaches. To reach Mickey Mouse Wall, take the road to Eldo, but go right before you get into the town, turn left on a paved road up to a small parking lot. The access road continues from here, but you must hike along this road to an indistinctive trail that crosses a meadow, and follows the stream up to the RR tracks. Hike the talus field to the towers. A better description is in order here, but this is a place that is best found with someone who has already been there.
Crossing onto railroad property is trespassing. They will confront you if you do so.
Weather station 0.9 miles from here
134 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',14],['3 Stars',53],['2 Stars',42],['1 Star',22],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Eldorado Mountain
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Eldorado Mountain:
Featured Route For Eldorado Mountain
Green Dihedral 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b CO
: ... : Mickey Mouse Wall
To quote Rossiter, "Good routes in this grade are scarce." Find a large L-facing dihedral about 40m left of Shiva's Dance. Climb the great corner to a good ledge. P2: Follow the arcing dihedral until it becomes nearly horizontal (crux) and setup a hanging belay from a huge mess of slings. This climb is awesome, and commiting for the grade. The crux and exposure of this climb are really on the edge for a "5.7" climber. Awesome lead and a perfect crack.Eds. Since the original ascent...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
BH on FA of the Golden Nugget's west side.
Eldo Mtn. as seen from the air. You can clearly se...
BETA PHOTO: Southeast Flank of Eldorado Mountain, showing Ridg...
Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant. View from Eldor...
Train on Eldorado Mountain.
Ridge numbering on this website.
By Dave Brower
From: cs co
Oct 19, 2002
The local wingnut with the gun (Bill Schuller) sold the place to Pinnaclecommunications Inc. I work up there often and have been climbing on the convenient bouldering areas near the road ("Cloud Nine" area, etc.) since the early '90s. I rarely see old Bill around anymore, but I've seen him once in a while putting around the place, so be careful, he still acts like he owns the place... he has about 2 years left before he should be gone completley. He told me once that he "likes to shoot the bolts out of the rock with his gun".
By Tod Anderson
Jan 27, 2004
It is important to be discrete when accessing the Wild West/West Bank or Mickey Mouse from the Plainview area. First, don't park at the Plainview railroad crossing. This is because it is a lot more obvious to sensitive residents that you are in the area and painfully obvious that you are walking on the tracks. It is much better to park a couple of hundred yards below the crossing on the last left hand switchback and walk due west through the Open Space to access the tracks beyond the maintenance yard and out of sight. It's also less obvious that you're climbing as a lot of people come to this area to walk their dogs along the roadway, etc.
Second, don't walk through the tunnel to get to the West Bank, Ridge One, etc. A well marked trail leads around the tunnel and it only takes about five minutes more than walking through the tunnel. This track has a lot more traffic than in years past with sometimes several trains per hour. There have been a lot of problems here before, so keep a low profile.
By Anonymous Coward
Aug 18, 2004
I love hikin' through those tunnels. It makes the day. Especially when you space out and step on a decapitated skunk or railroad grease. So good!!!!!