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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.
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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Grand Mesa:
Sign of Abundance 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 50' Land's End Area : Beyond Civilization Wall
New Minds 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50' Land's End Area : Beyond Civilization Wall
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Ultramafic 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c CO : Grand Junction area : ... : Paleosol Wall
Start at a big hold ~7 feet off the deck with a severe undercut where the paleosol has eroded away. Clip a high bolt (easier from the right side of the large hold), work your feet up, and deadpoint to a big hold. Keep it tight as you bump your feet up and clip another bolt. Work your way onto a sloping ledge and onto a water-streaked headwall. Clip 2 more bolts on the headwall before reaching the chains.So fun! ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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