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Mine Hole Crag

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Bolt To Crack To Bolt 
Bolt To Crack To Bolts 
Bulge 
Bull Fight 
Couch Potato 
Cow Patty Crack 
Don't Pull on the Udder 
Firing Squad 
Get Your Dieck Off My Barnyard Animals 
Hot Donut, The 
It's All Been Dung 
Just Another Cow's Climb 
Just Moo It 
Lieback 
Little Stevie's Favorite Heifer 
Ruff Roof 
Sabrina's Choice 
Salisbury Steak Crack 
Slab 
Sofa Kingdom 
Theen Crack 
Thin Slab 
What's Mine Is Yours 

Mine Hole Crag 


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Elevation: 7,600'
Lat, Long: 39.9984, -105.4164 Map Incorrect?
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About 12 feet in, the shorter right tunnel ends.
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Description 

Mine Hole Crag sits to the right of an old abandoned mine above and slightly west of Animal World. One might want to check the mine for any animal life before sitting down next to it to belay. The route list is 24 routes & growing.

L->R:

A. Slab, 8, 1p, 55', gear & bolts.
B. Bolt To Crack To Bolts, 6, 1p, 55', bolts & gear.
C. Bulge, 10, 1p, 55', gear & bolts.
D. Lieback, 11-, 1p, 60', gear & bolts.
E. Arete, ?, 1p, 65', gear & bolt.
F. Firing Squad, 8- R, 1p, 60', gear, L of cave.
G. Bolt To Crack To Bolt, 6, 1p, 40', bolts & gear.
H. Thin Slab, 10-, 1p, 40', bolts +/- gear.

I. What's Mine Is Yours, 9-, 1p, 35', bolts. Above cave.

J. The Hot Donut, 8- R, 1p, 60', gear, above cave.
K1. Couch Potato, 10-, 1p, 75', gear & bolts.
K2. Sofa Kingdom, 8 to 9, 1p, bolts. R of mine.
K3. Theen Crack, 9, 1p, bolts & small gear. K2 R to crack, roof on R.
L? 9, 1p, prow.
M? Project, 10?, 1p, slab to flake.
N? 10, 1p, bolts.
O. Ruff Roof, 11+/12-, 1p, 100', bolts.
P. Just Another Cow's Climb, 10, 1p, 75', bolts & gear.
Q. Just Moo It, 10+/11-, 1p, 80', bolts & gear.
R. Get Your Dieck Off My Barnyard Animals, 9, 1p, bolts & gear.
S. Little Stevie's Favorite Heifer, 10+, 1p, bolts.
T1. Bull Fight, 10 to 12-, 1p, bolts.
T2. Sabrina's Choice, 8, 1p, 40', gear.
U. Don't Pull On The Udder, 8- PG-13, 1p, 40', bolts & gear.
V. Salisbury Steak Crack, 8, 1p, 40', gear.
W. Cow Patty Crack, 9, 1p, 30', gear.

FWIW, the obvious line over the small roof when you first reach the crag is Ruff Roof.

Beware of rockfall in this area.


Getting There 

Mine Hole Crag is located about 8.5 miles up Boulder Canyon. Park at the same pullout used for the Boulderado or Animal World, on the left after the Narrows where the metal barriers end. Follow the trail on the left side of the Boulderado up the hill. The trail branches off to the right, along the top of the Boulderado to the Animal World area. DO NOT take this right turn. Instead, continue up the trail skirting the rock band. The trail grows a little fainter but it's still easy to follow. Continue working up a loose gully and about 100 feet west you will eventually come upon the mine entrance and crag.


23 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',7],['1 Star',15],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',2],['5.7',0],['5.8',6],['5.9',4],['5.10',7],['5.11',3],['5.12',1],['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 Mine Hole Crag:
Sofa Kingdom   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Little Stevie's Favorite Heifer   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Ruff Roof   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 100'   
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Featured Route For Mine Hole Crag
Attempting [What's Mine is Yours].

What's Mine Is Yours 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a  CO : Boulder Canyon : Mine Hole Crag
Scramble above the mine and follow 4 bolts. The rock is a little grainy and hollow sounding, hence the 4 bolts. It has surprisingly interesting moves. It climbs harder than it looks. Bring a brush....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Mine Hole Crag Slideshow Add Photo
Setting up for the longer reach above the roof. This is the technical crux. Image by Brian Freund
Setting up for the longer reach above the roof. Th...
60 feet into the left tunnel, it ends.
60 feet into the left tunnel, it ends.
The Ruff Roof at Mine Hole Crag on a cold December day.
The Ruff Roof at Mine Hole Crag on a cold December...
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By Jim Hone
Apr 11, 2002

There is now more than one route here, maybe ten all totaled.

By Brian Baucom
Apr 29, 2002

Does anyone know what the short routes down and to the right of Ruff Roof are? There are about 6 all right there together.

By Kreighton Bieger
May 19, 2002

There are definitely other routes in that area - to the right of Ruff Roof (easily identified) there are at least five more lines, although the leftmost of that bunch appears to be unfinished.

If anyone can submit the names of these routes, I have photos and descriptions of them. Not sure about FA info, though. I'd put them at 10a/b, 11a/b, 12?(done directly), 9, not including the unfinished line.

By pat thompson
From: superior
Aug 15, 2010

There are definitely more routes in the area now! There are four new mixed routes uphill and to the left of the actual mine holes. There are two routes just above and to the left of the mine holes. The obviously easy one on the left is mixed, There are three new routes on the crag that the Ruff Roof occupies. All of these routes are mixed except one and they are all still not adequately cleaned. Have at it though, bring your CCD SKILLS (COMPULSIVE CLEANING DISORDER) and have fun in the morning shade. Yee Ha!!!!
Cheers,
Pat Thompson

Left and above Mine Hole 5.4 mixed and 5.9 4 bolts.
Left and above Mine Hole 5.4 mixed and 5.9 4 bolts.


5.9 mix left side of roof obvious two bolts close together in roof. Left and uphill from actual mine holes.
5.9 mix left side of roof obvious two bolts close together in roof. Left and uphill from actual mine holes.


More mine hole.
More mine hole.


This is actually a picture of Cow Patty Crack. Mr. D'Antonio got it mixed up with Salisbury Steak Crack in his quality new guidebook. Salisbury is the obvious boulder problem handcrack through the bulge on the main face(facing westerly) and Cow Patty is around the corner to the right and up hill. Too bad they are both are not longer or they wold both be much more fun climbs!!!
This is actually a picture of Cow Patty Crack. Mr. D'Antonio got it mixed up with Salisbury Steak Crack in his quality new guidebook. Salisbury is the obvious boulder problem handcrack through the bulge on the main face(facing westerly) and Cow Patty is around the corner to the right and up hill. Too bad they are both are not longer or they wold both be much more fun climbs!!!

By Clare Shemeta
Jun 20, 2011

There are some new shiny sport routes about 30 ft right of Sofa Kingdom, maybe two. Anybody know what these are?

By pat thompson
From: superior
Jun 21, 2011

New routes right of Sofa.
1- Mixed 5.8 if you go to anchor for Ruff Roof or mixed 5.9+ if you go up crack above last bolt to chain anchor.
2= 5.9 Climbs bolted blunt prow right next to Knappy Crack (5.6) and left of tree on ledge to anchor for Ruff Roof.
3=Project right next to tree. Chris Archer got on it and thought it was 12a/b. Pull roof left of Ruff Roof step right and climb thin seam to ledge. Crosses Ruff Roof and up face to same anchor as Ruff??
4= Project for me. Climb slab to flake right of Ruff Roof, pull roof and climb to chain anchor above. Not sure of grade. Still needs cleaning.
5= 10 feet right of this route. Nice 5.10 bolted route right next to tree stump. Climb fun techy terrain to bulgy crack and up to ledge and easier terrain to chain anchor.
There are other routes in the area. They all are still a little dirty and in need of TLC. I will finish cleaning routes and update bolt and gear information as soon as I am able.Which will be soon as The Mine Hole works pretty good as a summer crag.
Cheers,
Pat

By D. Shaw
Aug 6, 2012

Definitely confusing at Mine Hole as of early August (2012) --- lots of new routes not in the relatively new guidebook (2009). Anyone know what the short sport route is just above the mine hole? It is NOT the 5.8 route in the book (listed as a gear route). Maybe 9-?

By Mark Roth
From: Boulder
Aug 6, 2012

DShaw I think this is the route you describe... What's Mine Is Yours

By Mark Rolofson
Feb 19, 2013

I have never felt as unsafe in Boulder Canyon from rockfall as I did in May 2012. My partners, my dog & I were luckily climbing in the area of "Little Stevie's Favorite Heifer" when two big rocks came flying off the top of the crag about 50 feet left. We yelled up to warn whoever may have been above us of our presence but got no response. I quickly ran left to grab some of gear over by "Ruff Roof" when I witnessed a huge amount of big rock come raining down over the mine hole (left of the first rockfall) and bounce down the hill. Luckily, nobody was in its path, and no rocks made it to the road. I have climbed here on several times since 1998 when I established "Sofa Kingdom". I scrambled to the top of the crag to bolt that line, and it was fairly solid rock. I have never seen rockfall or felt it was a big concern until now. I don't believe it was natural rockfall, and somebody set it off. After moving everyone under a small overhang, I scrambled to the top to find the culprit but found no one. Lucky for them!

It would be difficult and dangerous to reach the anchors from above to set up a top-rope. Generally these route are led. There were hikers and a few lost climbers looking for Animal World that Sunday. I suggest being very aware of the danger you could be in on a busy day, climbing on the left side of this crag by "Sofa Kingdom to "What's Mine Is Yours".