Overlook Cliff Rock Climbing
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|Location: ||38.0138, -107.6771 View Map Incorrect?
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|Submitted By: ||Jason Nelson on May 22, 2007 with updates
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This is a nice crag with pretty vistas. The routes are mostly sport climbs in the 5.11 range. An approach is necessary.
The Overlook cliff is directly above the Ouray Ice Park. Drive south out of Ouray on US Highway 550. After the first switchback, take a right towards Yankee Boy Basin and Camp Bird Mine. Drive 0.4 miles and park on your right. There should be a Sutton Mine Trailhead sign on your left. Follow the Sutton Mine Trail for 0.5 miles to the Ouray Overlook. Don't make the mistake of bee lining straight to the cliff once you see it from the trail. It is very steep and you'll have to hike around several smaller cliff bands.
From the Ouray Overlook, go right along a faint trail following the ridgeline to the base of the cliff. To access routes, approach the ledge from the left side.
: the following directions by chosspector
cross private property and consequently risk trespassing charges:
: alternatively, drive past the Sutton Mine trailhead, pass the watertower on the left, go around one more curve, and park on the left at a pullout next to a road with a chain across it. There is a large grey boulder and a rock pile at the parking area. Start walking up the dirt road, step over the chain, and immediately hang a left on an obscure singletrack trail that heads up the rock outcropping. This leads to an old road that dead-ends at a singletrack trail and eventually the crag. 10 minutes.
Please do not remove fixed hardware from the anchors - the fixed biners and Mussey hooks are there for your convenience and SAFETY!
Weather station 0.4 miles from here
29 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',11],['2 Stars',15],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Overlook Cliff
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Overlook Cliff:
Jay's Route 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
"Overhauled" 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Chia Pet 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Overlooked 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
99 Problems 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
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Local Ouray climber Ben Lockard on Abre Los Ojos.
By Thom Engelbach
May 28, 2012
Bring a helmet for the belayer. I've pulled a few holds off. These walls will clean up with a bit more traffic.
By Erik Durgin
Jun 3, 2012
Will someone who knows the wall well post a description and location to the amazing looking .12a and .12c that the young women is climbing in the attached pictures? They look great! Are there any other .12s/.13s at this wall?
By Jay 1975
Jul 24, 2016
From: Morrison, CO
Jul 26, 2016
Folks are awfully stingy with the stars around here! This is an outstanding crag with excellent rock--very uncharacteristic of the Ouray area. IMO, some of the best pocketed limestone in Colorado.
It looked to me like the entire cliff is shady by about noon. There are two sections that face a bit more north and are shady by about 11am. Also, it seemed to me that only out-of-town suckers like myself were gullible enough to approach via the Ouray Overlook--all the locals were following the chosspector route.