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Grand Mesa Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 10,000'
Location: 39.0261, -108.1732 View Map  Incorrect?
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View of the western edge of the Palisade Lobe.

Description 

Grand Mesa is a prominent, east-west landform capped by hard, volcanic basalt. The original basalt field may have had a surface area of up to 750 square miles, but due to extensive erosion, the present-day remnant is about 53 square miles. This remnant has a "Y-shaped" outline, with Crag Crest on the east forming the stem, and the Palisade and Flowing Park lobes forming the branches. Thickness of the in-place basalt ranges from about 600 feet near Crag Crest to less than 200 feet on the western tips of the lobes.

In general, the basalt is highly fractured and climbable buttresses are rare. However, occasional large volcanic flow events deposited layers of basalt up to 70 feet thick, creating steep, featured walls with amazing rock quality.

Reference: Cole, R.; Weston, K. Geological Society of America Meeting Abstract (2007).

Getting There 

The Grand Mesa is most easily accessed from Grand Junction by driving east on I-70 to Exit 49 and heading south on CO Highway 65. The drive time is ~1 hour.

To access the western edge of the Palisade Lobe and the Land's End Area, it is recommended to drive south from Grand Junction on US Highway 50 ~13 miles, past the town of Whitewater, and head east on Kannah Creek Road. Follow the signs to Land's End, ~18 miles. The drive time also ~1 hour.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.0 miles from here

82 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Grand Mesa

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Grand Mesa:
Diagenesis   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Land's End Area : Paleosol Wall
Rapa Nui   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Land's End Area : Beyond Civilization Wall
Pull the Trigger   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Land's End Area : Paleosol Wall
3rd Dimension   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Land's End Area : Beyond Civilization Wall
Babies Have Rabies   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Land's End Area : Paleosol Wall
German on 2nd   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Land's End Area : Paleosol Wall
Brown Chicken Brown Cow   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Land's End Area : Paleosol Wall
Paleoflow   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Land's End Area : Paleosol Wall
Aggressive Posturing   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Land's End Area : Paleosol Wall
Flat Rock Flight   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 40'   Land's End Area : Paleosol Wall
Mass Wasting   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Land's End Area : Paleosol Wall
Jungle Gym   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   Land's End Area : Paleosol Wall
Vesicle Joyride   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Land's End Area : Paleosol Wall
Topographic Reversal   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   Land's End Area : Paleosol Wall
Tribal Wisdom    5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   Land's End Area : Beyond Civilization Wall
New Vision   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Land's End Area : Beyond Civilization Wall
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Featured Route For Grand Mesa
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Fantasia 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c  CO : Grand Junction Area : ... : Kaleidoscope Wall
This is a great line with two distinct cruxes.Begin below and imposing roof on a slab and clip a couple bolts. Boulder up into the bulge, clip another bolt, and pull onto a ledge and hands free rest. From the rest, head up and right into another devious bulge, and finish up a slab with stemming before the anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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