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The Access Fund Trailhead

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The Access Fund Trailhead Rock Climbing 

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The climbs accessed form this trailhead exist on the Access Fund owned Sunday Wall, Fortress Wall, and Hidden Valley Wall, as well as the privately owned (and currently for sale) Television Wall. In general the rock here is very good. Many excellent crack climbs exist on Hidden Valley and Fortress Walls. Sunday Wall has a few well traveled crack climbs, as well as many bolt protected climbs including several classic steep slabs. Sunday Wall has also seen more development in recent years than any other crag in the canyon. Television Wall is home to both crack and face climbs of good quality, including the super classic Rubarama.

This is where land acquisition for the sake of climbing access began. The Access Fund, in conjunction with local climbers, purchased Sunday Wall and Hidden Valley Wall in 1992, and Fortress Wall in 1993. The Access Fund donated a total of $10,000 to this effort (land was much cheaper then!), and they have held the title to these lands ever since. It is interesting to note that this strategy did not really work for the Access Fund who now helps smaller, local non-profits purchase land, but does not like to hold land itself. Nevertheless, this purchase set an important example of resource protection through land acquisition for climbers.

Getting There 

Drive 2.2 miles on CO-141 past the divide road turn off to a large pull out on the right side of the road with a wooden stile over the fence.

All cliffs are accessed by first following the trail up to Sunday Wall and then traversing the cliff.

Climbing Season

Weather station 17.4 miles from here

108 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',53],['2 Stars',35],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Access Fund Trailhead

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Access Fund Trailhead:
Standard Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 1 pitch, 160'   Sunday Wall
Sun Dancer   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 3 pitches, 160'   Sunday Wall
Sweet Sunday Serenade   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 3 pitches   Sunday Wall
Obe Won Canobe   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   Hidden Valley Wall
Dike Pinch   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Sunday Wall
Unknown Pillar   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   Sunday Wall
Gargoyle   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 120'   Sunday Wall
Napa Arete   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 110'   Sunday Wall
The Wave   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   Sunday Wall
Verachocha   5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 220'   Fortress Wall
Renaissance   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 2 pitches, 210'   Fortress Wall
Catch a Wave   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Sunday Wall
Simple Mind   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Sunday Wall
Optical Illusions   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Sunday Wall
Motion Fascination   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 65'   Sunday Wall
Napa Valley   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Trad, 5 pitches   Sunday Wall
Rubarama   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 3 pitches, 400'   Television Wall
Bridge of Air   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 135'   Sunday Wall
The Steeple   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 5 pitches, 600'   Sunday Wall
Echoes   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Trad, Sport, 6 pitches, 580'   Sunday Wall
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Rock Climbing Photo: Here is the topo for Echoes!

Echoes 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b  CO : Grand Junction Area : ... : Sunday Wall
This is a climb protected by mixed bolts and gear and goes up the Sunday Wall.Begin in the easy gully to the right of the first few routes you approach when hiking in from the main parking lot (this pitch is short and can be done without a rope 5.4). Two bolt anchors with purple rope marks the belays on the route.Pitch 1 - 5.4.Pitch 2 - 5.10+.Pitch 3 - 5.12+/13- not sure where it falls in the grade.Pitch 4 - 5.8.Pitch 5 - 5.12+/13- again not sure where it falls in the grade.Pitch 6 - 5.11+.Pitch...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Jason Anderson
Apr 20, 2010
The creek is too wide to jump right now, and it's almost knee deep. Wear sandals.

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