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Happy Trails 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V ZA: 12 British: S 4b [details]
FA: Stewart Green, 1979.
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Submitted By: Ben Mottinger on Sep 10, 2001

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Chris on the upper section of Happy Trails.

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On the far right side of the dome, locate this nice beginner sport/mixed route that is protected by 6 bolts, but also has some gear placements.

Low-angle, easy climbing, great friction. What more can you ask for?


About 8 draws and some stoppers and small cams.

Photos of Happy Trails Slideshow Add Photo
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Rock Climbing Photo: Laura leading Happy Trails.
Laura leading Happy Trails.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ethan Hill's second lead ever
Ethan Hill's second lead ever
Rock Climbing Photo: Julie leading the arete on Happy Trails.
Julie leading the arete on Happy Trails.
Rock Climbing Photo: Happy Trails climbs the light colored rock up the ...
Happy Trails climbs the light colored rock up the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Bolted route start is 6 feet left of tree on walk-...
Bolted route start is 6 feet left of tree on walk-...
Rock Climbing Photo: Picture showing spacing of Moby Grape (5.7), Happy...
BETA PHOTO: Picture showing spacing of Moby Grape (5.7), Happy...
Rock Climbing Photo: Chris running the Australian down Happy Trails.
Chris running the Australian down Happy Trails.
Rock Climbing Photo: Happy Trails follows the red line past 6 bolts to ...
BETA PHOTO: Happy Trails follows the red line past 6 bolts to ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Norm from Albuquerque charging.
Norm from Albuquerque charging.
Rock Climbing Photo: Brenda going over the crux "nose" of Hap...
Brenda going over the crux "nose" of Hap...
Rock Climbing Photo: Laura finishing the crux.
Laura finishing the crux.

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By Dave Chenault
Dec 2, 2001

Disclaimer: unless you are a honed South Platte slabmaster this will feel a bit harder than 5.6. You can bring gear, but the only places it goes are the really easy sections where you won't be thinking about it anyway. A good climb.
By Lance Bischoff
Sep 14, 2003

The route has 4 bolts, not six. Runout section atop to anchors may make new lead climbers quesy, there are some flakes near steep section, though, for small stoppers before the runout. It is a 5.6, IMHO, and low angle enough to keep most feeling okay. Nice route for sport intro. I wonder, Dave, if you were on Jet Setter instead?
By Stewart M. Green
Apr 7, 2004

I wanted to clarify the first ascent info on this route. I led the thing in 1979 with a handful of small nuts but did not climb up the final slab to today's anchors, but climbed up right to trad anchors and a block under the roof. The current line and the bolts were installed by Mark Van Horn in 1994, making this a well-protected sport lead rather than a sort of runout trad pitch.
By Larry Shaw
Jun 17, 2004
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

I seem to remember 6 or 7 draws. Fun climb though.
By Michael J Yarros
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jul 9, 2005

Gear Alert
Nice route. Good beginner lead. Bolts are spaced far apart though, so be prepared. The cold shuts at the anchor are rusting, but the bolts themselves looked fine.
By Alan Whittern
Jun 5, 2006
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13

There seems to be a discrepancy between the Green guidebook photo/route description for Happy Trails and the description and photos shown here. The Stewart Green book describes a route approx 30-40 feet right of Moby Grape. The photos here of Ricky and his climb are another 60-80 feet right of the Green book route. If the Green book route is Happy Trails, what is the route described here? I just did the Green route today, and it is not what I'm seeing pictures of here. The "Beta" photo matches Green but the "Description" photo is different. The Green Happy Trails has 7 or 8 bolts now with two fairly new bolts with three chain links on each. The "Nose" felt a little stiffer than 5.6 on lead.
By Stewart M. Green
Jun 6, 2006

Yes, those photos of the kid are of the route farther right of Happy Trails. That's the first pitch of EZ Street, a 3-pitch route that John Myers, Ed Russell and I put up in 1979 without bolts. Now there are 3 bolts on pitch 1, which is 5.4. Second pitch pulls the overhang above at 5.6 and also now has bolts. Third pitch climbs the upper headwall to the summit.

Happy Trails should have 6 bolts. Again, the three of us climbed the lower part of the route to the upper slab and then traversed up right to the flake belay for Jet Setter. Thanks to Mark Van Horn who bolted the whole line in 1994 and added the anchors under the roof.
By Rich F.
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 25, 2008
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

Good route. 6 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor. Crux is going over the "nose" -- actually thought this route (crux) was tougher than Moby Grape. Long pitch of 100+ feet to anchors, but the bolts are placed well for protection. Recommend a 70m rope if top roping or rappeling. (Note: some of the photos here are of EZ Street, so I've added 2 photos showing relation of Moby Grape, Happy Trails, and EZ Street.)
By Bill Olszewski
From: Colorado Springs, CO
May 12, 2010
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Fun, fun. A little run-out, which makes it even more fun!
By Rob Davies UK
From: Cheshire, UK
Oct 16, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

5.6 ?? The steeper section is easy enough, but the slab above is quite thin.
By Andrew Yon
From: Centennial, CO
Jun 6, 2016

Fun route. Easy climbing to first bolt, but it takes a few moves, so spotting the leader's not a bad idea. Well-bolted from there. Requires a 70m rope unless you want to downclimb the last 15 feet or so. Found out the hard way (aka - don't bring a 60m rope to a 70m rope party).

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