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Mill Creek Dome

Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
Cross Cut T 
Features on a Landscape S 
Fractals S 
Fractals Variation S 
How Can A Monkey Jump Over The Ocean ? T,S 
MargaSukha T 
MargaUgra, (5.12/A0) S 
Power Shot S 
Power Stripper, The T,S 
Ram T,S 
Sadhaka Yogi, aka The Seeker S 
Sita T,S 
Yogi's Choice T,S 

Mill Creek Dome  


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Elevation: 9,000'
Location: 39.7846, -105.622 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Oct 25, 2011
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Description 

This is the large granite dome uphill from the Mill Creek Crags. It presently holds thirteen routes, five that are mixed trad and modern. The Marga routes were originally intended as a single two pitch route but are listed separately due largely to their complete divergence in character. The granite on the MCD is largely excellent, highly featured, and bulletproof. The two routes in the large alcove Sadhaka Yogi and Yogi's Choice get good morning sun and pick up shade after 1:00pm or so. Expect hard climbing for both of these routes at some point. As of mid-June 2011, most things have gone down, but the MargaUgra pitch which seems quite hard and is an open project. Overall, climbing at the Mill Creek Dome is solid, interesting, and provides a good opportunity when the temps on the Front Range are getting unbearable. MCD typically runs 15 - 20 degrees cooler than Golden, Clear Creek, or Boulder. In addition, the MCD is almost tick-free.

L->R:

A. Fractals, 9-, 2p, 180', bolts.
BA. Fractals Variation, 10, 1p, 110', bolts.
B. Features On a Landscape, 10, 3p, 250', bolts.
C. Power Shot, 11, 1p, 90', bolts.
D. The Power Stripper, 12, 1p, 90', bolts & gear.
E. Sadkha Yogi , 12, 1p, 90', bolts.
F. Yogi's Choice, 11+, 1p, gear & bolts.
G. How Can A Monkey Jump Over The Ocean ?, 12, 1p, 120', gear & bolts.
H. Project, 1p, bolts.
I. Cross Cut, 11, 2p, 140', bolts & gear.
J. Marga Sukha, 7, 1p, 50', gear.
above J. MargaUgra, (5.12/A0), 12 A0, 1p, 60', bolts.
K1. Ram, 12, 1p, 110', bolts & gear.
K2. Sita, 11, 1p, 120', bolts & gear.

Getting There 

From Dumont, take the Mill Creek Road, Road 261, exactly 1.9 miles North from the post office. There is a tiny parking space on the downhill side of the road, just across from the Forest Access sign. Alternatively, you can park 100 feet uphill, just across from the Mill Creek Crags. A well-cairned trail starts just across from the parking space at a tree stump. Please be careful of the dry terrain; it is very sensitive to our walking on it.

Climbing Season

For the All Locations area.

Weather station 6.1 miles from here

13 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',2],['5.11',4],['5.12',5],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Mill Creek Dome:
Fractals   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   
Fractals Variation   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 2 pitches, 180'   
Features on a Landscape   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 3 pitches, 250'   
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Featured Route For Mill Creek Dome
TPS.

The Power Stripper 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b  CO : Dumont vicinity : Mill Creek Dome
TPS begins in the cave just adjacent to Power Shot and angles right up a deceptive slab before turning a corner and firing straight to the anchor. Don't be fooled. The slab is much trickier than it looks. Turning the corner is one crux, and the route remains continuously devious and powerful right up to the last bolt. The corner above can be protected by Friends or Camalots and takes bomb-proof gear. The rock quality is excellent from start to finish. I think that TPS comes in at 5...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Mill Creek Dome Slideshow Add Photo
The view from 2/3's the way up is nice.
The view from 2/3's the way up is nice.
Interesting looking line.  13 bolts.
Interesting looking line. 13 bolts.
Another crag, Mill Creek Dome, above and accessed ...
Another crag, Mill Creek Dome, above and accessed ...
The Mill Creek Dome alcove.
BETA PHOTO: The Mill Creek Dome alcove.
Richard Wright put up this moderate warm-up climb,...
Richard Wright put up this moderate warm-up climb,...
Right sector of the Mill Creek Dome showing routes...
BETA PHOTO: Right sector of the Mill Creek Dome showing routes...
Diana, starting on "Features on a Landscape&q...
Diana, starting on "Features on a Landscape&q...

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By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Nov 14, 2011
November 12 & 13 massive winds blew through the Mill Creek Canyon killing power to some homes and toppling numerous trees on the approach to MCD. Some of the trees had 2 and 3 foot diameters - looks like the aftermath of a major hurricane.
By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Mar 22, 2012
NB: 3/20/2012 - several new routes have been added that are fine to climb with the exception of the route labeled "G" in the photo. This has been top-roped through the overhang. But (!!!!!!), the hanging block clearly evident from the ground is potentially lethal. Just leave this line alone until I have removed the block. I don't see any reason that it will fall on its own, but it should not be climbed on.
By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
May 1, 2012
Zowie!!! Lethal block was removed from route "G" after some serious inverted reefing-madness. This seems to make the whole place feel safer. The route has been bolted to the ground, although it requires several cam placements. Climbing above the slab is radical and continuous. A fixed rope is presently on the climb, but anyone wishing to give it whirl is welcome to do so. Just move the rope aside and reclip the roof when finished. Present plan for a name is "How Can A Monkey Jump Over The Ocean". If you look at the upper section in the photo, a "?" formed naturally by the lichen growth is clearly evident - I didn't create it! Hence the route name.
By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Jun 23, 2012
Up at MCD Friday afternoon, 100F in Golden and a cool 80F at the Dome, with shade we climbed until nearly 9:00 when temps climbed down to 65F-70F.
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