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Introduction 

Golden, Colorado is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, only fifteen minutes from the heart of Denver but a world apart. Golden is home of the internationally recognized Colorado School of Mines the Coors Brewery where the factory "short tour" is always welcomed at the end of the day after climbing in the sun drenched walls of North Table Mountain. Also, the American Alpine Club and its amazing climbing library is located on 10th St just E of Washington. It is an splendid resource for climbers!

Clear Creek Canyon and North Table Mountain/Golden Cliffs are definitely the most popular climbing areas. North Table Mt, in particular, is popular as an after work venue with the Denver crew, with its fast and easy access and late afternoon sun.

In addition, there are other less-well-known crags in the general area like Lookout Mt Crag, South Table Mt., the currently closed Ralston Buttes, Golden Gate Canyon SP, among others.

Getting There 

Golden is located West of Denver and is easily reached from the West, East, North and South.

Map of Golden

Resources 

If you are looking for eats, there is an excellent Middle Eastern restaurant, Ali Babba's, located E of CO Hwy 93, just north of US 6 with tasty "sandwiches." There is Woody's Pizza, located on the E side of Washington St, right next to a great climbing shop, Bent Gate. Good selection of beer, tasty margarita, a reasonable salad bar and unlimited pizza for <$9. See if you can beat the record of 32 slices of pizza in a meal. The Table Mt Inn has good, if more upscale, food and drinks. There is also Taj Masala at 17211 S. Golden Rd for subcontinental cuisine.

Coors Brewery does offer a tour with samples. If you are short for time, ask to do the "short tour."

There is a fun kayak park located on the W end of Golden for those choosing cross-training and/or thermal cooling.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.5 miles from here

1,483 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',65],['3 Stars',390],['2 Stars',695],['1 Star',316],['Bomb',9]
['<=5.6',67],['5.7',89],['5.8',154],['5.9',164],['5.10',294],['5.11',280],['5.12',206],['5.13',84],['>=5.14',38],['',0],['<=V1',13],['V2-3',22],['V4-5',19],['V6-7',22],['V8-9',18],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',16],['>=V14',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Golden

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Golden:
Guppy   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Clear Creek Canyon : Creek Side
Playin' Hooky   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   Clear Creek Canyon : Creek Side
Made In The Shade   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   Clear Creek Canyon : The Canal Zone
5th of July   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Clear Creek Canyon : High Wire Crag
First Impressions   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Clear Creek Canyon : Little Eiger
Lunchmoney   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Capitalist Crag : Lower Capitalist Crag
Panama Red   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Clear Creek Canyon : The Canal Zone
Persistent Vegetative State   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Clear Creek Canyon : Little Eiger
People's Choice   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 4 pitches   Clear Creek Canyon : High Wire Crag
Reefer Madness   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of the '90s
Curvaceous   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of the '90s
Walking With A Ghost   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Clear Creek Canyon : The Canal Zone
Officer Friendly   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of Justice
Wet Dream   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of the '90s
The Great Escape   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of Justice
Fission aka Ken T'ank   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Clear Creek Canyon : The Armory
Ten-Digit Dialing   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of the '90s
Anarchitect   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Clear Creek Canyon : Anarchy Wall
Sonic Youth   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch   Clear Creek Canyon : The New River Wall
Double Stout (w/ extension)   5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of the '90s
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Featured Route For Golden
Rock Climbing Photo: Dan Levison at the PS crux...photo by Darek Krol.

Public Solitude 5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c  CO : Golden : ... : Primo Wall
Climb the slab left of Sucking My Will to Live. It looks much easier than it is. Insecure and technical slopers and sidepulls lead to a bizarre final groove. This was redpointed by myself October, 2000 after the bolts were placed by a Golden local, Rich Purnell. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Rock Climbing Photo: The pot o' gold at the end of a rainbow!
The pot o' gold at the end of a rainbow!
Rock Climbing Photo: GOLDEN!!!!!!
GOLDEN!!!!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: watch for quackers ~  Golden, CO.
watch for quackers ~ Golden, CO.
Rock Climbing Photo: Alan Nelson at the Dog House in Clear Creek Canyon...
Alan Nelson at the Dog House in Clear Creek Canyon...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rainbow and South Table Mountain.
Rainbow and South Table Mountain.
Rock Climbing Photo: Golden.
Golden.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rainbow over Golden when coming back from Boulder.
Rainbow over Golden when coming back from Boulder.
Rock Climbing Photo: Proudly serving Coors since 1873.
Proudly serving Coors since 1873.
Rock Climbing Photo: Early Coors can.
Early Coors can.
Rock Climbing Photo: Indian Paintbrush.
Indian Paintbrush.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering at North Quarry, North Table Mountain, ...
Bouldering at North Quarry, North Table Mountain, ...

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By John McNamee
Administrator
From: Littleton, CO
Feb 12, 2008
Here's a link to the pdf preview on Sharpend books site...

sharpendbooks.com/pdfs/CCprevi...

Impressive!

To preorder the book from the publisher:

sharpendbooks.com/prod.php?t=1...
By Fred Knapp
Mar 6, 2008
Clear Creek books are here! They arrived today. They should be in the local mountain shops today or tomorrow. -Fred Knapp, Sharp End Publishing.
By Jimn Seiler
From: North Platte, NE
Mar 7, 2008
Just went and got mine and let me just say that this guide book (IMO) has just set a new standard on how guidebooks should be done. Excellent work to whoever put it together.
By M Lindfors
From: Highlands Ranch
Dec 15, 2008
The new Table Mountain guidebook is out. I think it is as good or better than the Clear Creek guide. The highlighted cliff sections for each page is great for locating climbs accurately. The color pictures are well done and some have 2 views. The Clear Creek guide and this guide are the new standard of excellence.
By Mark Rolofson
Sep 28, 2010
This September 2010, I just wrote and published a new guidebook titled "Golden Rock Climbs" that retails for $20.00. It is a complete guide to North Table Mountain (with the Golden Cliffs & the four newly developed quarry walls) and the sport climbs of Golden Gate State Park near Dude's Fishing Hole. There are over 325 climbs including 125 new routes never documented in any other guide. It has a color cover and 144 pages. There are 46 black & white photos of cliffs & action climbing shots, detailed text, drawings, and maps. I have also included a section on bolts and top anchors. Something I have spend much time replacing at the Golden Cliffs. Look for it at Front Range outdoor shops.
By Anthony Wagner
Sep 4, 2011
I accidently walked off with some person's Clear Creek Canyon Rock Climbs book by Darren Mabe up on the High Wire Crag Saturday September 3rd 2011.... Contact me at 314-541-2251 if it is yours, my apologies!
By Tom Theisen
From: Golden Colorado
Apr 9, 2014
Found a pair of 5.10 shoes at Canal Zone.
By John Cordera
Jun 23, 2015
I left some green La Sportiva Tarantulace shoes... 8 or 9 size? ...at the Canal Zone on 22JUN2015. Email me if you see them! jcordera07@gmail

rei.com/product/830932/la-spor...

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