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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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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]

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   V10-11 8A     Boulder, 20'   
Escher's Staircase   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Bilbo Baggins   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
The Dragon's Hoard (tenative name)   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 35'   
My Precioussss   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   
Master of Reality   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 45'   
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Featured Route For Gollum's Cave
Rock Climbing Photo: Danny Robertson on Choke Hold.

Choke Hold V10-11 8A  CO : Independence Pass : ... : Gollum's Cave
This has really cool climbing out a huge, horizontal roof. Start on a detached block at the back of the cave, get a heel-toe cam, lean WAAY back and reach NO HANDED to jug slopers. Climb out the roof passing an awesome pinch. Climb into the top out of We Squeezes. Long-ish!...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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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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