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The Crystal Tower  

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Elevation: 7,300'
Location: 39.74004, -105.41469 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Richard M. Wright on Jan 1, 2001

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The Crystal Tower is substantially taller than Primo and presently hosts seven fine climbs including the best moderate warm-up in the area. The rock is typical of Clear Creek Canyon with none of the occasional soft rock found in some places. A bit of pegmatite can be found here and there on most routes. Presently, all of the routes can be done with a 60 m rope.

Getting There 

From The Primo Wall, just continue hiking East. The Crystal Tower is approximately 100 feet East of the last routes on Primo Wall just after a grassy drainage. There is frequently a Tyrolean Traverse set up just below The Crystal Tower. Unfortunately, like most Clear Creek Tyroleans, those that access Primo, The Crystal Tower, The Armory, and the new crag above The Armory - are frequently chopped. So, approach The Crystal Tower as you would for Primo, via the long hike from the bridge or via the Tyrolean. One can usually see the Tyrolean from the parking across the river from Primo.


A. Project, ?, 1p?
B. Mineral Museum, 9+, 75', 1p, bolts.
C. Quartz Sports, 12, 1p, 80', bolts.
D. Hot Rocks, 12, 1p, bolts.
E. Skippin' Stones, 11, 1p, 65', bolts.
F. Hot Rocks, 12, 1p, 80', bolts.
G. Cornered Again, 11-, 1p, 70', bolts.
H. Crystallize, 12, 1p, 70', bolts.
I? Unknown, 1p, bolts.

Climbing Season

Weather station 5.4 miles from here

6 Total Routes

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

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Crystal Tower:
Mineral Museum   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Cornered Again   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Skippin' Stones   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   
Quartz Sports   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
Hot Rocks   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   
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Mineral Museum 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a  CO : Golden : ... : The Crystal Tower
Mineral Museum is a fine warm-up on largely good stone. Get the first clip without freaking out and the route will be a gas. After the first clip, head a bit left on good fingers and then cut back right onto a run of pegmatite. This still sheds a bit of surface debris nearly 10 years later. After the pegmatite, some big blocks and a fun move through a corner just below the anchors give the Mineral Museum character. Two stars for the fun moves, good bolting job, and convenient warm-up....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Pointing to Roof on Skippin' Stones. Great rock, g...
Pointing to Roof on Skippin' Stones. Great rock, g...
Tyrol'n ain't easy! Haha - the way back is harder ...
Tyrol'n ain't easy! Haha - the way back is harder ...
The Crystal Tower.
The Crystal Tower.

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From: Potrero Chico, MEX
Jun 26, 2008
One of the ropes on Tyrolean Traverse needs to be replaced.
By GabeO
From: New Haven, CT
Jun 13, 2012
As of 6/12/12, both ropes on the tyrol looked in decent shape, but one was sagging a fair bit, so I tightened it up.
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