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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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Overlook Cliff:
"Jay's Route" 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Chia Pet 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
El Burro 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
"Overhauled" 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Unknown 11b 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Another Unknown 11b 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
The Groper 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 110'
Overlooked 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Out of Pocket 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Wiggle Her Pudge Until She Purrs 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Analog 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Holey Moley 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
The Siren 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
99 Problems 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
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Over-the-Monsoon 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c CO : Ouray vicinity (rock) : Overlook Cliff
Start on grey rock up to a small ledge. From there, sustained, fun climbing leads to a cruxy move out to the left followed by nice edges to the anchors. It is still a little dirty but should clean up and be a nice addition to the cliff.Have your belayer wear a helmet....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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