This is a nice rock, easily seen from the road. There are a number of medium difficulty sport climbs well protected here. People's Choice always seems to have people on it, as well as the routes on the far left side. It is a great place for beginner sport leaders.
Note, this has become popular with large group outings.
Get on US 6 from Golden, going West. High Wire Crag is directly above east entrance to Tunnel 2, which is 4.9 miles from the FIRST TUNNEL. Park before the bridge, on either side. Be careful - the road shoulders are small, and there are always buses full of old people on their way up to Blackhawk. Walk across the bridge on the south side (a little sketchy), and walk south up the hill following the trail up to the rock. There is a bit of exposed 3rd to 4th class which has injured the less than wary.
To approach the right side of the crag, you ascend a gully off the north side of the road and cut back to these climbs.
The "NO PARKING ZONE" is on the SOUTH side of the road. The fine is at least $22. It has been that way since before the crushed car, ~2006. (Now that was an amazing photo!)
Parking is permitted on the NORTH side of the road, the side nearest the creek a few hundred yards to the east.
Get ready for some variety!Slab climbing leads to the first difficult move, an 11c mantle problem to gain the ledge above the first big roof. Rest well and then launch into the overhung crux slopefest. Actually, there are some good jugs on this section, although the sequence is a little devious. Route finding on a sport route, who would have thought! Finish by going straight up the final smooth bulge (11b), or wimp out and escape to the right, although the hard part is over.This is a great route...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
The climb 2 bolted routes left of Peoples' Choice is harder than 5.7, like it says in the guidebook! More like 5.9 at the first bolt! The second pitch of Peoples' Choice is more like 5.6 than 5.8. The new line right of Peoples' is 5.10a or so if you don't grab the big layback flake to the right, 5.8 or so if you do.
Any info on the route just to the right of People's Choice would be appreciated. How new is it? Is it named? It is a good line with great crimpers and edges up the face and a mental challenge to not go for the flake!!
We were up there climbing, and did the three bolt climb a few over from Nickels and Dimes (great route! Think 10a up the face, avoiding the flake?). Someone with a book told us it was 5.7, but we found the direct start to the first bolt quite a bit harder: skimpy hands, mininal feet, balancy. Maybe 5.9? I checked all the routes in here and could not find a 3 bolt one that goes up to the little ramp... any ideas? What is the climb, and what's the real rating?
The route that you were most likely on based on your description is indeed a 5.7 to the ramp. It is the first pitch to "Road Warrior" (5.13a). The 5.7 ends at a two bolt stance on the ledge. Hope that helps!
I know this sounds kinda odd, but i think i left my climbing shoes (boreal pyros resoled in C4) at the high wire crag just in front of the queen's slab area... if anyone has happened to find them email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and i will be forever thankful
On 6/23/04 Dal Haas and I performed the following anchor upgrades on this crag.
-added 4 quick links to the top anchor of Deuces Wild-reversed the quick link anchor (5/16" into bolt, 3/8" to rope) on Cracker Jack-replaced the smash (lap) links with quick links on Ace in the Hole-replaced the smash links with quick links on 5th of July-replaced the smash links with quick links on Stone Cold Moderate-replaced the smash links and quick links with new quick links and rappel rings on Poker Face
This work was supported by the American Safe Climbing Association (ASCA). Visit their website at www.safeclimbing.org, they appreciate your support.
I am probably the last to find out, but Colorado State Patrol is ticketing all cars that park on the SOUTH (thanks for the correction, Casey) side of the road (on the left if you're heading uphill) right next to the bridge, closest to the crag. The signs are there, but they are planted facing the road, so if you're coming downhill early in the morning and pull off to the right, you can miss them. $22 mandatory, no sob stories. Got mine Sunday, July 20. I can understand, though, because the city got sued when a car got crushed by a big boulder, according to the officer I chatted with. Just FYI.
Someone left some double shoulder length runners and some nylon webbing by Overpass yesterday (Aug. 21). I picked them up, and would be happy to return them to the right owner. Just contact me through this post
This area is popular for good reason. Almost all of the climbs here are fun. Early cruxes gets the hard stuff out of the way while your arms are fresh. Lots of varied moves and holds throughout an individual climb. Great starter 5.10s and great starter roof climbs.
Hey, I left an auto locking carabiner and a Mammut Smart belay device there yesterday. I think someone's German Sheppard was napping on my gear and I got most of it, but the gear I left must have been completely under the dog. Please let me know if you found it and I'll arrange to pick it up or have it sent back. Thanks!