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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


1,277 Total Routes


['4 Stars',52],['3 Stars',357],['2 Stars',571],['1 Star',285],['Bomb',6]
['<=5.6',44],['5.7',68],['5.8',126],['5.9',143],['5.10',251],['5.11',259],['5.12',187],['5.13',65],['>=5.14',29],['',0],['<=V1',13],['V2-3',22],['V4-5',18],['V6-7',22],['V8-9',16],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',16],['>=V14',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated 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, 4 pitches, 400'   Clear Creek Canyon : Creek Side
Fill In The Blanks   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Clear Creek Canyon : East Colfax
Made In The Shade   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   Clear Creek Canyon : The Canal Zone
First Impressions   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Clear Creek Canyon : Little Eiger
5th of July   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Clear Creek Canyon : High Wire Crag
Lunchmoney   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Capitalist Crag : Lower Capitalist Crag
People's Choice   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 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
Walking With A Ghost   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Clear Creek Canyon : The Canal Zone
Officer Friendly   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of Justice
Curvaceous   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of the '90s
Wet Dream   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of the '90s
Bone Collector aka Bone Crusher   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   The Quarry Wall
Ten-Digit Dialing   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of the '90s
The Great Escape   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of Justice
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
My Significant Other   5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Clear Creek Canyon : The Guppy
Prowler   5.14a 8b+ 32 X+ 32 E8 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   Clear Creek Canyon : Twitch Rock
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Featured Route For Golden
The bottom of Hungry Wolf, with Stuffed Wolf in the foreground.

Hungry Wolf 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  CO : Golden : ... : High Profile Wall
(This appears on page 146 of the Mabe guidebook.)"Until the mid '90s, this was the only route at High Profile. Start with the angling crack and continue up the past-vertical wall. Stout."Start left of the direct variation, Stuffed Wolf and climb moderate ledges. Make either a slow, deliberate transfer or a wild huck out to the positive rail out right, and continue up the feature until you once again need to transfer right into the crux of the route. Do a series of finger locks and t...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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The pot o' gold at the end of a rainbow!
The pot o' gold at the end of a rainbow!
GOLDEN!!!!!!
GOLDEN!!!!!!
watch for quackers ~  Golden, CO.
watch for quackers ~ Golden, CO.
Alan Nelson at the Dog House in Clear Creek Canyon.
Alan Nelson at the Dog House in Clear Creek Canyon...
Rainbow and South Table Mountain.
Rainbow and South Table Mountain.
Golden.
Golden.
Rainbow over Golden when coming back from Boulder.
Rainbow over Golden when coming back from Boulder.
Proudly serving Coors since 1873.
Proudly serving Coors since 1873.
Early Coors can.
Early Coors can.
Indian Paintbrush.
Indian Paintbrush.
Bouldering at North Quarry, North Table Mountain, Golden.
Bouldering at North Quarry, North Table Mountain, ...
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By John McNamee
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From: Littleton, CO
Feb 12, 2008

Here's a link to the pdf preview on Sharpend books site...

sharpendbooks.com/pdfs/CCpreview.pdf

Impressive!

To preorder the book from the publisher:

www.sharpendbooks.com/prod.php?t=1&q=CO

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
Apr 9, 2014

Found a pair of 5.10 shoes at Canal Zone.