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This is the description for all the one-two pitch routes along the Monument Trail leading to Independence Monument. There are some nice moderate (5.8-9) trad routes here, as well as some more difficult face climbs (sport), and even some multi-pitch hand cracks. They are nice routes to finish up a day after climbing the monument.
First Area: As the Monument Trail leaves the fence and starts following the creek bed up the canyon, many one-pitch lines will come into view on the right side of the canyon. Look for a prominent right-facing dihedral and 40ft to its right, a left-facing dihedral. In between these routes are several bolted climbs. All have fixed rap anchors.
25 Total Routes
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Monument Canyon:
Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Luhr's Route aka Right Dihedral 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Wide Load aka Route 3 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 90'
Circle, Square, and the Triangle 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch
Route 4 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 80'
Carter Route 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 2 pitches
Route 2 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Monolith Spire - Dewar Dihedral 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 3 pitches, 260'
Big Foot 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 60'
Wingate Warrior 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 170'
Desert Solitaire 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c C1 Trad, Aid, 6 pitches, 350'
Higher Mind Dynamics 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Left Dihedral aka Dihedral 1 aka First Dihedral 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Trad, 2 pitches
Get A Life 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b Trad, 5 pitches, 460'
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Get A Life 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ E6 6b CO : Grand Junction area : ... : Monument Canyon
Climbers frequently become obsessed with their new route projects. Be it a Flatirons boulder problem, a sport route in Clear Creek, or, as in this case, a multi-pitch desert spire, sometimes the climb will get the better of the climber.Such was the case with Get A Life, one of the finest climbs in the desert region. Bret Ruckman, one of the many unsung talents in Colorado (and Utah) climbing, discovered this imposing crack line on an obscure pillar in upper Monument Canyon, and became...obsess...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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