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Castle Rock 
Castlewood Canyon SP 
Castlewood Ranch Boulders 
Centennial Central Park 
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Waterton Canyon 
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Nearby Mountain Bike Rides

Green Mountain Loop
A perimeter loop around the Green Mountain area with 3 distinct sections. Near West Pleasant View, CO
Rooney Valley Trail
A slightly more difficult trail cutting through the middle of the park. Near West Pleasant View, CO
Colorado Trail: South Platte Canyon to Little Scraggy TH
Stays within the Buffalo Creek Fire area for 80% of the ride and is mostly flat, gravelly and flows Near Morrison, CO
North Park Trail
The North Park Trail connects to the Mt Carbon Loop on both ends. Near West Pleasant View, CO
Beti Bike Bash Race Course
Official race course for Beti Bike Bash, the largest women's MTB race in the U.S. Near Lakewood, CO
Green Mountain Novice Loop
A relatively quick loop of great singletrack with amazing views of the metro area. Near Lakewood, CO
From MP's sister site: MTB Project

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Denver South refers to climbing south of the big smoke, with the town of Castle Rock at its center. Castle Rock is a town of about 40,000 people and its approximately half way between Denver and Colorado Springs. For many people Castle Rock is an Outlet shopping center, but for climbers and boulderer's it is the town closes to Castlewood Canyon and Castlewood Ranch boulders.

At 6128 feet Castle Rock area can be cold in winter and warm during the summer. However, it is rare day when it is too cold to climb Castlewood Canyon as many of the rocks and boulders are in small gorges and forge sun traps, so as long as it is south facing it can be toasty on the coolest of winter days.

Getting There 

The epicenter of Denver South is Castle Rock which straddles I25 approximately half way between Denver and Colorado Springs on US I25. If you miss it your off to a bad start!


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Denver South:
Rocket Ship   V1+ 5     Boulder   Fountainbleau area : Fountain Lip Boulder
Up Staged   V2 5+     Boulder   Fountainbleau area : Fountainebleau Boulder
Fountain Lip Traverse   V3 6A     Boulder, 20'   Fountainbleau area : Fountain Lip Boulder
Nine Lives Arete   V5 6C     Boulder   Central City area : Nine Lives Boulder
Cave Direct   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Fountainbleau area : Fountain Lip Boulder
Tiger Woods   V7 7A+     Boulder, 15'   Inner Canyon area : Tim's Boulder aka Powerline...
Punani   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 20'   Punani Area/North Canyon : Punani Boulder
Little Devil   V11 8A X     TR, Boulder   Bouldering problems : Miscellaneous Castlewood Bo...
Rat's Nest   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : The Grocery Store Walls
Hot Fudge   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Castlewood Canyon SP : The Grocery Store Walls
Licorice Stick   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : The Grocery Store Walls
Bat Face   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : The Juggernaut Area
Beta Slave   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : C-Section
Scandanavian Dreams   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : Vulture Walls
Bozo No No   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 45'   Castlewood Canyon SP : The Grocery Store Walls
Subterfuge   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Castlewood Canyon SP : Sea World a.k.a. Hanson's W...
Pay Homage   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : Vulture Walls
Song of the Wood   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : Wendell Spire
The Sub   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : Wendell Spire
Rim Job   5.12+ 7c 28 IX E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Castlewood Canyon SP : Falls Wall
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Pat Burwick singing the Song of the Wood.

Song of the Wood 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b  CO : Denver South : ... : Wendell Spire
Sixty feet left of The Sub and just before the cobbled block in the path is a severely overhanging cave with a route starting right off the trail.Launch up with a series of no-foot campus moves to shag the first draw, or stick clip the second bolt. Between bolts one and two is the crux, which is still causing me some serious dog points (as Andre The Giant said, "I don't understand why you are causing me so much trouble". It must be the feet). From a large, square cut, grey cobble, set the ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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