This is secluded. It has the same rock as the rest of Clear Creek Canyon. It is best known for the best highline slacklining in the state. There are some new sport climbs going up.
Highlines: "I'm on TV" 140' long and 100' high. "Coloradical" 100' long and 60' high. "Rad Ass Hoodie" 84' long and 45' high.
Expect a 20 minute steep approach. The trail starts (39.743065N 105.406969W) on the west end of Tunnel 5, cross over the North side of the bridge so you can be on the north side of the river. Hike along the river to the West until you see a small trail leading up the canyon to your right (North). The trail is difficult and not well marked, but there are some cairns along the way. The trail travels over the saddleback of the ridge to the West of the canyon to the next canyon at its top.
Here is the recorded track from Motion-X GPS:
Date: Nov 18, 2012 9:13 am Distance: 0.27 miles Elapsed Time: 19:53.0 Avg Speed: 0.8 mph Min Altitude: 6,903 ft Max Altitude: 7,366 ft (463 feet gain) Start Location: 39.743436ºN 105.406820ºW End Location: 39.742322ºN 105.410231ºW GPS Map: (valid until May 18, 2013)
As the name suggests, it is a little crumbly at the bottom. This pitch could definitely be lead on gear, but as there are few gear leads in the area, and I was up there regularly for Highlines... enjoy!...[more]Browse More Classics in CO
This looks like the amphitheater of sorts that is up and behind the Creekside/Solid Gold area, and it is a cool spot to hang out. When I explored up there, I definitely noted good potential for new routes. Short, steep ones above the sun deck and some longer moderate ones that you pass as you traverse into this 'stoked bowl'.
The approach listed above is good, and what I eventually descended with, as I would NOT recommend the more direct gully approach from below (likely the same approach Richard took when he set up Solid Gold).
What are people's thoughts on adding an area that has been primarily developed for high lining? Obviously, the couple routes going in up there are climbing, but would anyone like more beta on the lines, or is this best left off of this site?