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Gollum's Cave

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Bilbo Baggins S 
Choke Hold 
Dragon's Hoard (tenative name), The S 
Escher's Staircase S 
Lichentology T 
Master of Reality T 
My Precioussss S 
Off the Edge S 
Troll, The T 
We Squeezes 

Gollum's Cave Rock Climbing 


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Description 

Short, steep routes in a secluded alcove. Often buggy in the Summer. The cave is broken up into 2 sections. The lower section will be the 1st you come to if arriving from the west. It features Master of Reality, a classic & testy 5.12 roof crack. The upper section gets more sun. It contains Escher's Staircase, 1 of the steeper 5.10s on the Pass.

Getting There 

Park at the Grottos Day Use area. Follow the trail over the bridge & go left shortly after the Ice Caves trail intersection (~1/4 mile). Descend into the lower lefthand end of the Cave. A 5-minute walk at most.

Climbing Season

For the Grottos Day Use Area area.

Weather station 5.2 miles from here

10 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',2],['5.11',3],['5.12',3],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',2],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Gollum's Cave

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Gollum's Cave:
Choke Hold   V10 7C+     Boulder, 20'   
The Dragon's Hoard (tenative name)   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
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Featured Route For Gollum's Cave
Rock Climbing Photo: Andrew Bower working up the route.

Escher's Staircase 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b  CO : Independence Pass : ... : Gollum's Cave
This is the last bolted route in the cave. Probably the steepest climb of its grade on the Pass! Jug haul through overlaps, wrapping your body around various features to minimize the pump....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By PTZ
From: Chicago/Colorado
Apr 5, 2012
We had some tourists throwing rocks down here that landed a few feet from us. Always have your guard up.
By ChefMattThaner
From: Lakewood, co
Jul 9, 2014
BRING BUG SPRAY! This area is thick with mosquitos, since the ice caves hold so much moisture. Belaying can be pretty rough without lots of bug spray.

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