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:
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Suburbia 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b CO
: Shelf Road
: ... : Contest Wall
This is an excellent climb, rightfully popular. Climb the left wall of an inside corner about 1/4 of the way down Contest Wall (left side of Sand Gulch) - Metropolis and Miller Time are on the right wall and right arete. Climb through fun moves past the first few bolts and puzzle out the continous upper moves around the upper bulge before you pump out....[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.