BETA PHOTO: New sign in camping area Sand Gulch.
Sand Gulch is yet another top-notch Shelf crag, known particularly for its outstanding collection of moderates. The cliffs here are taller and more monolithic than most, offering long, continuous routes of impressive quality. Routes range in difficulty from ~5.8 to 5.12b. The various cliffs that comprise the Gulch face in various directions such that its possible to chase sun or shade at any time of day, as conditions dictate.
A 60m rope is good, and 10- 12 draws will get you up routes with a few to spare. There are moderate trad leads around, and some of the bolt routes will take gear if you so choose.
Park at the loop at the end of the Sand Gulch Campground road. A good trail departs from the north end of this loop, and quickly drops into the sandy wash that flows from the mouth of the gulch. Trails for the Contest Wall and the Free Form Wall depart from this wash.
Weather station 7.9 miles from here
110 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',36],['2 Stars',50],['1 Star',17],['Bomb',2]
Classic Climbing Routes in Sand Gulch
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Sand Gulch:
Featured Route For Sand Gulch
Supermax 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a CO
: Shelf Road
: ... : Free Form Wall
So named for the pump you'll feel at the top....Start at a layback crack for 2 bolts. Trend right at the 3rd bolt, then go up and back left past 2 more bolts to a rest stance below the corner. Sustained, pumpy climbing through tricky laybacks and underclings takes you to the anchors at the nice ledge. It gets a little sharp at the top. Lower or rap 80 feet. Be wary of loose rock at the top and the midway rest. As with Solitary Confinement, packs, dogs, kids, etc. should be kept ou...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
Mar 4, 2009
Anybody know names and grades for the new routes between Miller Time and Cactus Carrie on Contest Wall? We climbed the pockety, sandy route with the big roof at the top last weekend and had quite the adventure.