Secluded, maybe a party on it, and that's bad luck if there is... Classic "Center Route" goes at 5.9, and there are a couple other routes, too! Beautiful face that goes at roughly 500 ft. and 4-6 pitches. 30 min hike in, bomber granite.
To get there, consult the trailhead shop in Buena Vista, just on the outskirts of town heading west, I believe. Getting to the crag is easy if you have someone actually tell you it's on BLM land, behind Bob's Rock. CR 371 a ways back, NE of Bob's Rock?
Start right in the center of the face, up a prominent crack feature.P1: Climb long 5.6 to bolted belay, stay in dihedral.P2: Crux pitch, traverse right from the belay, take a short steep crack with sometimes fixed pro, then move left to pull the small roof/bulge (5.9). then continue on an easy 5.7+ finger crack to an uncomfortable bolted belay.**It is possible to stagy with the finger crack on the right and continue straight up. THis option is also good, but I did not believe it was as fun as t...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
To get to the face take 371 to 375 and follow 375 for about 2.7 miles. Turn right onto 375a. Cross over 4 mile creek and keep left on the road. This road will veer away from the creek. Stay on this road for about 5 miles and always keep left at the forks in the road. The road will pass right in front of the face. Park where you wish and hike up about 20-30 minutes to the base of Davis face. I do not believe there is an established trail so wear good shoes. 375 is a dirt road with a lot ups and downs. A 4WD vehicle is not necessary if the weather is good but you may want a high clearance vehicle for the drive.
In case you're driving in at night, the last road you turn left on before reaching the parking for Davis Face is marked as 373A. If driving in during the day you can see the face so this is not an issue.
Another route on the face starts just left of the Carter Classic and goes at .10a. Look for a bolt 30' up or so on the slab. Follow .9 friction past bolts, supplemented with small cams to a bolted belay just left of CC. P2 goes up and right from belay over a small roof, then following cracks to another bolted belay, .9+. P3 trends up and right again clipping bolts along an overlap with a couple of .10a moves. An excellent pitch. Follow this to where it intersects w/ CC and finish or rap. This is an old route that had its bolts upgraded in 2007. FA, name or original rating unknown. Carry single set stoppers, sm/med cams, along with draws. Several more new, high quality mixed gear routes are currently being rediscovered/developed on this wall by Ark Valley folks. Stay tuned.
By Lee Jenkins From: Buena Vista, Colorado Jul 15, 2009
Why don't you go ahead and add the route left of CC to the route database? Just call it "unknown to the left of CC" or something like that.
Look forward to seeing more lines added to this great face!
I don't know where there lines are at, but my dad said he put up a .10 and an .11 or maybe hard .10 in the early/mid-'90s. I can try to ask and see where they are located on the wall. It could be the .10a you are talking about for one of them, 'cause he said he put in some belay anchors....