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Lower Tier Rock Climbing 

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BETA PHOTO: The Hawaiian Wall at Rifle Mountain Park.


The Lower Tier is the wall/walls immediately down-canyon of the Skull Cave. The climbing here is "slabbier" than other areas at Rifle, but the stone is an interesting blend of white and blue rock with funky spikes, swirls, and undercut bulge features that make for puzzling climbing.

The left sector sits directly above the parking area, and has two routes facing the road (scramble up onto a ledge to start). The right sector is back along a litte trail leading into the trees and faces downcanyon (west-ish). The Lower Tier is one of the sunniest crags in Rifle -- if you're trying these routes in the summer, you'll have until about 1 pm until the sun comes around.

Getting There 

Park in the two car pull-out just below (downcanyon) from the Skull Cave _this parking area is directly across the road from Merry Maids -- an obvious, left-leaning inset corner with blue and white rock -- on the Ice Cave Walls. Alternately, park at the bigger lot at the Wasteland and walk back up the road (3-5 minutes).

Climbing Season

For the Rifle Mountain Park area.

Weather station 13.8 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Lower Tier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lower Tier:
Requiem   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   South Facing
The Other Side   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   West Facing
Rigor Mortis    5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   West Facing
Eulogy   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   West Facing
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Featured Route For Lower Tier
Rock Climbing Photo: Derek Krol getting the send.

Chicken Soup 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c  CO : Rifle Mountain Park : ... : South Facing
This is an easier, more direct start to Soup Nazi. Climb an easy crack past two bolts to skip the difficult boulder problem start of Soup Nazi, and continue up the brilliant head wall. With intriguing technical moves, great rock, and a slightly spicy finish, this might be the best route on the Lower Tier and one of the better 13b's in the canyon....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By dnoB ekiM
Jul 28, 2015
Anyone know what the route just left of Eulogy is (starts in grey corner)?
By Jerad Friedrichs
From: Colorado Springs
Jul 31, 2015
It is a 12c called Rigor Mortis. Go get it!
By dnoB ekiM
Jul 31, 2015
Thanks for that info!

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