Ruckman Cave Rock Climbing
Pete Winter on the ever popular Pinch Fest (5.12b)...
The Ruckman Cave is one of the most popular walls in Rifle. It is home to classic lines such as Beer Run
(5.13a), Street Knowledge
(5.12a), Pinch Fest
(5.12b), and In Your Face
(5.12d). Many of the routes end under the large roof, although a few take on this feature, or climb the steep wall to either side. The wall houses a couple of Rifle warm-ups on the right side of the large roof. It has solid climbing with some terrific features. Check out Pinch Fest
for some of the most amazing natural holds I have ever seen. The cave gets morning sun, so it is a good place on cold days, but wait until evening for hot ones.
There is a large (8) car parking pull out 1.3 miles into the canyon, directly across from the Meat Wall. Park here, and walk across the wooden plank bridge, then follow the trail 20-30 feet to get to the wall. This trail leads directly to Pinch Fest
Weather station 13.8 miles from here
37 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',18],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Ruckman Cave
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ruckman Cave:
Red Dawn 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Pinch Fest 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Noble Wife 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Loose Cannon 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
The Promise 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 120'
Shibumi 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch
Beer Run 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Featured Route For Ruckman Cave
Red Dawn 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a CO
: Rifle Mountain Park
: Ruckman Cave
Red Dawn is a dead vertical crimp fest on beautiful blue limestone reminiscent of the Wasteland routes. Crimp your way up 6 closely spaced bolts and pull up onto a sloping ledge. The bolts stop at this point for some reason but luckily the climbing eases to 5.9. Hike the short runout to the anchors.Red Dawn is located about 25 right of Bloody Corner (10c) on the "other" Ruckman Cave wall that is 100 yards left of the cave proper. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
Left side of Ruckman Cave.
From: Denver, CO
Aug 5, 2009
I left a gray Eastern Mountain Sports hoody in the Ruckman Cave this afternoon, near the base of Street Knowledge and Head Full of Lead. Unfortunately I won't be able to get back to Rifle for about a week. I would really like to get it back if you happen to find it, will happily provide a 12er of your choice.
By Kevin Hadfield
From: New Castle, CO
Jun 8, 2013
Somebody has cleaned my draws off of Head Full of Lead.
To whom has stolen my draws, they are not yours. They have been donated to the walls of this canyon not your gear closet.
Please return them to Summit Canyon Mountaineering, no questions asked.
From: Grand Junction CO
Jun 25, 2013
Left a pair of blues shades at Ruckman's the other day, and they were not there when I returned the next day. If you have the, I would really like them back. Thanks
By Peter J. Beyel
From: Glenwood Springs
Jun 9, 2014
If you left a rope at the Ruckman, message me with the description of rope/bag. I have it safe in Glenwood & would love to get it to its rightful owner.