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YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 4 pitches
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Darren Mabe on Mar 2, 2007

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Starts from the two-tiered bivy site on the right side of the Land that Time Forgot area. Knossos is an excellent route with mostly moderate climbing, and good intro to north face routes. An excellent variation connects with the more difficult and sequential pitch of Minoan Maze for pitch 3 and 4. Knossos tops out near the center of the Sheeprock saddle. Almost every pitch is surprisingly long.

P1. moderate slab climbing to a small ledge and belay 5.9-. 130'
P2. steepens to pull an overlap and awesome face features in the darkened face above to another comfy ledge formed by the rock flakes. 10-. 130'
P3. move belay 20'left to another anchor. skip the first bolt that is straight to your left, and rather, go over the tree to the second clip. wander up the face on very steep 9+. cool pitch! A few abandoned variations exist to the right, so pay attention! 130'
P4. shorter and moderate pitch. small roof above the belay, and up into a corner. 85'
P5. step right and follow flake to a ledge, continue on slabs to the anchor block. 115'


All bolts. Bring a few runners, and two ropes to rap. Some of the raps are a little squirrly due to the traversing nature. A better rap option is Jacob's Ladder, though a little difficult to find. See Jacob's Ladder description.

Photos of Knossos Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: P4
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up Knossos
BETA PHOTO: Looking up Knossos
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down pitch 2.
Looking down pitch 2.
Rock Climbing Photo: Approaching the crux on pitch 2.
Approaching the crux on pitch 2.
Rock Climbing Photo: Lin Murphey on Knossos, P1.
BETA PHOTO: Lin Murphey on Knossos, P1.
Rock Climbing Photo: Starting the first pitch.
Starting the first pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: First pitch.
First pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Top of fourth pitch.
Top of fourth pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Third pitch.
Third pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: Crux of pitch 4.
Crux of pitch 4.

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By rob bauer
From: Golden, CO
Jul 30, 2007

Starts from the middle/left of that perfect belay ledge. We only did the first pitch, about 120 feet to 2 cold shuts, 5.9-. (threatening rain; 100 ft rap' just reaches)
By Johnny C
From: Colorado
Jul 31, 2007

Did this route yesterday under perfect weather conditions. A very pleasant romp up well protected slabs with nice features. The scenery is stunning, with large vistas of the inner Platte. Despite the fire damage, it is still attractive, especially with all the new growth. We, of course, got lost on the approach and took about 1.5 hours to get to the base. We shaved a half hour on the descent by finding the cairns. Also missed a nice log crossing at the bottom of the trail from the parking lot, so had to cross the creek at shallow point near Molly Gulch campground. All in all, topos to area are good and trail is not too bad. Just look for cairns and tape in trees. Thanks to the route developer a really fun climb.
By John McNamee
From: Littleton, CO
Jul 26, 2008

Really fun slab climb with interesting moves on great rock.
By Ryan Stefani
Aug 10, 2014

Ah, the folly of using MP instead of a guidebook!

Today, we set out to climb Knossos and accidentally finished Minoan Maze. I was wondering why that felt so hard (said the 5.7 climber). It occurred to me I might be off route when P3 was quite a bit harder than the "crux" pitch 2.

Even with the accidental harder climbing, the Knossos start to Minoan Maze finish was one of the best slabby routes I've ever done!

Beta for this variation: start and Knossos and follow the bolts.

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