South Mineral Creek road can be crowded in the summer because of access to Ice Lakes Basin, but Rolling Mountain is relatively left alone. It is a decaying mountain with the expected San Juan choss. There is little quality rock on this mountain. The normal route is the East Ridge, which can be a fun class 3 scramble.
North of Silverton a few miles on US 550 there is a turn off on the left to South Mineral Campground. Drive all the way up South Mineral Creek Rd. (4x4 recommended). When you can no longer drive any further, park. Rolling Mountain is the prominent peak to the SW. Hike up into the basin to your West to gain access to the North Face.
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Choss Bubbles (summer var. to an existing winter route) 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c CO : Alpine Rock : Rolling Mountain
Ascend the longest section of the North Face directly to the summit starting on a 500 foot slab wall. This is the best rock on the route. Three pitches will get you to the top with the second pitch being the 5.9 crux, but 99% of the climbing is around 5.6/7. Excellent slab climbing. Upon reaching the top of the initial slab wall about 400-500 feet of very loose, class 3 scrambling brings you to the "choss bubbles", a strange, bubbly-looking formation of gravely granite. One pitch of 5.7R wi...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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