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Crater Crag of North Quarry

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Crater Cat TR 
Debhedral TR 
Doug's Variation T,S 
Fragile X TR 
Gig, The S 
Golden Arete S 
Misty S 
Mountain Lion S 
Rancid S 
Sending Choss TR 
Sweet T 

Crater Crag of North Quarry Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 5,500'
Location: 39.77473, -105.22439 View Map  Incorrect?
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This area is located on the east side of the North Quarry/Pinnacles Area at the top of the road accessing the top of North Table Mountain. It is east-facing, so expect shade after 1pm.

Getting There 

Hike up old mining road located off CO Highway 93, or access via City of Golden North Table Mountain's North Trailhead, as for Pinnacles Area/North Quarry Areas. Stay on road heading for the top of Pinnacle Area Cliffs. The most stable descent is now probably from the south/left side.


A. Sending Choss, 8+, 1p, 30', TR.
B. Fragile X, 11-, 1p, 40', TR.
C1. Rancid, 10-, 1p, bolts & gear.
C2. Doug's Variation, 9, 1p, 50', bolts & gear.

D. Crater Cat, 11, 1p, 65', TR.

E. Misty, 11+, 1p, 75', bolts.
FG1. Golden Arete, 12+, 1p, 75', bolts.
G1. Mountain Lion, 11-, 1p, 75', bolts.
G2. Sweet, 11- R, 1p, 75', gear.

H. The Gig, 10, 1p, 30', bolts.
I. Debhedral, 11, 1p, 20', TR.


Note that this area is carefully monitored for unleashed dogs. Fines will be issued by rangers!

Climbing Season

For the North Table Mountain/Golden Cliffs area.

Weather station 2.9 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Crater Crag of North Quarry

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Crater Crag of North Quarry:
The Gig   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 30'   
Rancid   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   
Sweet   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c R     Trad, 1 pitch, 75'   
Mountain Lion   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Misty   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: BH on Mountain Lion 5.11b, Crater Crag.
BH on Mountain Lion 5.11b, Crater Crag.
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Crater Crag.
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By Mark Rolofson
Sep 16, 2010
I just published a new guidebook titled "Golden Rock Climbs" that is a complete guide to N. Table Mtn (including the four newly developed quarry walls) and the sport climbs of Golden Gate State Park near Dude's Fishing Hole. The book retails for $20.00. There is a photo and information to the Crater Crag. I especially enjoyed "Misty" (5.11d), a sustained pumpy route that is interesting for bottom to top.
By Dave Clark 5.10
From: Golden, CO
Apr 29, 2011
The "crater" is a 50-ft-deep hole in the top of the mesa, located between the Sea Cliffs side of the North Quarry (to the east) and the Pinnacle area to the west. Historical access has been via an old mining road over this narrow piece of the mesa, but this road now has closed signs on log barricades at both the north and south ends. I don't see the logic in closing these natural access points, as now new trails are developing to circumvent the closure blockades. Seems counterproductive.
By Dave Clark 5.10
From: Golden, CO
Nov 21, 2012
Access update: JeffCo Open Space has done a lot of trail work on N. Table this year, including rebuilding (and reopening) the access trails to Crater Crag. Even nice signage to climbing areas. Kudos to the Open Space workers. Guess hidden treasures aren't hidden any more, but it sure beats closures.

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