Scott Sills bolting on the Gap Wall in 2006. This...
Radio Head offers one of the shortest approaches at Devil's Head, with routes ranging from 5.6-5.13. Approximately half of the routes require some gear placements, so bring at least a small rack of stoppers and cams through 4". Most routes require a 60m rope to lower off, with a few requiring a 70m rope. Tod Anderson's book "Rampart Range Rocks" is the best resource for route information. The crag faces primarily southwest, with most routes getting afternoon sun.
This crag was developed recently, primarily by Scott Sills and Jim Hausmann, but there was evidence that at least 2 routes had been discovered and climbed several years prior.
To get to Radio Head, continue along Rampart Range Rd past the turnoff for the campground, heading uphill on the now narrower road. After 0.7 miles you crest the ridge at the Radio Towers. Park here, or up the road a short ways, making sure not to block access to the towers.
From the parking, head northwest along the ridge. The trail is pretty obvious as it goes along, first on the right side of the ridge crest, then over to the left. Stay on the west side of the ridge, just below the top, until you pass a big mess of quartz crystals.
At this point, you will see a large tower (Line of Sight Wall). Descend the slabs marked with cairns and logs and a couple of steps. Total approach time is approximately 15-20 minutes.
Weather station 8.0 miles from here
36 Total Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',23],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
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Centrist 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Tilt-a-Whirl 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 200'
Freezer Burn 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport, 3 pitches
Lady Fingers 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
White Dwarf 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch
Man Hands 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Refiner 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
The Bends 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 200'
Gigantor 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Tilt 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Heat Stroke 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Shiny Face 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
My Left Foot 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport, 3 pitches, 200'
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My Left Foot 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c CO
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By Mike Carrington
Oct 9, 2010
If you actually find this area, you might want to add some cairns on the way back.
By Chris Monty
May 3, 2011
Just to let anyone know that is back in this area, the cairns on the "trail" are almost random. Took me way outside the climbing area. Be cautious of your climbing guidebook as the scale may not be correct for this area at all. Also take caution when hiking to the Gully Slab, the terrain is technical almost from the start of the trail.
By Tzilla Rapdrilla
May 4, 2011
Sorry for the confusion on the RH approach. I seemed to go different ways for the first few times. The maps in the guidebook are to scale as I extracted them directly from aerial photos. The trick is to start off staying to the west (left) of the ridgeline when approaching. There could also be cairns from crystal hunters confusing the trail, too.
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 1, 2012
The cairns lead to RH pretty well as of this last weekend. You need to start off correctly though, since I didn't see any cairns until after exiting the trees at the beginning of the hike.
By Tim C
From: Lakewood, CO
Sep 3, 2013
The trail is well-cairned right now. Also, to get to the start of the trail: take Rampart Road towards Devils Head, then when you get to a split where Devil's Head campground/fire tower are one way you will need to head (right) down the other road for ~0.8 miles until you see the radio towers on the right side.
By Scott Sills
Oct 2, 2013
Take trail n.w. from parking lot for about 100 yards turn west cross over ridge following the newly created (as of 2013) motorcycle trail until it drops downhill. Head north staying near the ridge of rock the whole time. There is a point were you squeeze through a few small boulders right before you cross a gully (you can go down this gully which is not as plesant and get to R.H. passing Lowball Wall first). The main way is to cross this gully and continue up a ramp heading north through an upen flat area, then skirt around a narrow point with a bit of exposure. After a few small elavation gains, you will pass a crystal dig and will see Line of Sight Wall.
In addition, after incountering several lost climbers looking for gully slab, it is located at the top of the gully beyond the north end of the main wall.
Hope this helps.