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',48],['1 Star',19],['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
Metropolis 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a CO
: Shelf Road
: ... : Contest Wall
This is a SUPERB route, if you are into the grade and are at the Contest Wall, do this route for sure. The crux comes early and there are great moves throughout this route.This route starts with the crux, getting to and past the first bolt then is in your face again at the last bolt, finishing with a great mantle/heel hook for shorter people. This route is very well sustained and will be enjoyable for all. It is on my top 10 list for Shelf Road so far.......[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.