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Lower Tier 

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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).

10 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',6],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Lower Tier:
The Silver Surfer   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Hawaii Five-0   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
Surf Boy   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   
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Featured Route For Lower Tier

Ants In My Pants 5.13c 8a+ 30 X- E7 7a  CO : Rifle Mountain Park : Lower Tier
This is another variation on Soup Nazi that accidentally came into existence because I misunderstood the Chicken Soup start. This start still skips the super hard moves on Soup Nazi, but has a bit more hard climbing than Chicken Soup. After clipping the first bolt from the crack, awkwardly move left onto the face, and make a large and very dynamic move over the roof. Continue up the amazing headwall of Soup Nazi.The route name was inspired by the almost unbearable nu...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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