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Sand Gulch  

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Elevation: 6,500'
Location: 38.6202, -105.2312 View Map  Incorrect?
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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.

Getting There 

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.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.9 miles from here

108 Total Routes

['4 Stars',7],['3 Stars',34],['2 Stars',46],['1 Star',20],['Bomb',1]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Sand Gulch:
Cougar   V3 6A     Boulder, 20'   Free Form Wall
Barney   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch   Free Form Wall
Enterprise   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Contest Wall
Suburbia   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Contest Wall
Spinney Dan   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch   Contest Wall
Cactus Drop   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   Contest Wall
High Pockets   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 45'   Contest Wall
Silverado   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Contest Wall
Pedestrian Gene Pool   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Free Form Wall
Regroovable   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Contest Wall
Trick-or-Treat   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     TR, 1 pitch, 130'   Contest Wall
The Apple Bites Back   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Contest Wall
Minimum Security   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Free Form Wall
Partners in Crime   5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Free Form Wall
Supermax   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Free Form Wall
Metropolis   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Contest Wall
Solitary Confinement   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Free Form Wall
Freeform   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Free Form Wall
Phase Dance   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Contest Wall
Little Mecca   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   Contest Wall
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Featured Route For Sand Gulch
The route.

Cactus Drop 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  CO : Shelf Road : ... : Contest Wall
This route is located to the right of "Little Mecca" and to the left of "Regroovable". This route is one of the newer routes in the area, and may seem soft for the rating compared to some of the old school climbs near by. Follow the shallow crack to a bulge, and work your way to the left. Some of the holds are hard to spot from below. They are also alittle sharp as the name suggests. This is probably one of the top three 5.10s on the Contest Wall. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By KateC
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.
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