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The Dog House 

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This formation is another good section of Clear Creek rock offering some good routes in the 5.11-5.12 range as well as a couple 5.10 routes. The climbing here tends to be overhanging and powerful. The area is rather new so there is a bit of loose rock on the routes, however all the big stuff has been cleaned off. All the routes here are well bolted and have bomber anchors at the top. The routes vary from 60 feet to 80 feet in height. A general comment on the Clear Creek guidebook for the area. The ratings for these climbs were published after only a few ascents, and there is some discussion about the true ratings of the routes. Also, there has been a lot of new activity on the rock and there is almost double the routes that are found in the Clear Creek guidebook.

Getting There 

Drive up Clear Creek Canyon as for Catslab, taking the left fork when you get to the Central City fork. Park at the pullout just beyond tunnel 5. Look up and to the north side of the road to see this very overhung formation. Walk across the bridge and up the steep hillside via any of the small trails. Watch out for cactus everywhere. There is a nice flat belay area at the base of the rock. This area receives lots of sun and is an excellent winter crag. Summer is likely to be very hot at this formation.


A. Snoopy, 9+, 1p, 95', bolts.
BA. Li'l Snoopy, 8, 1p, 95', bolts.
B. Li'l Dog, 11-, 1p, 90', bolts.
CD. Black Dog, 9+, 1p, 75', bolts.
D. Dog Breath, 10, 1p, 75', bolts.
E. Hot Dog, 11, 1p, bolts.
F. Fiddler on the Woof, 12-, 1p, bolts.
G. Mighty Dog, 12, 1p, bolts.
H. Big Dog, 12, 1p, bolts.
I. Dog Run, 12, 1p, bolts.
J. The Underdog, 12, 1p, 70', bolts.

11 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Dog House:
Li'l Snoopy   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 95'   
Dog Breath   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
Li'l Dog   5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 90'   
Hot Dog   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Big Dog   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Mighty Dog   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
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Big Dog 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6a  CO : Golden : ... : The Dog House
Big Dog ascends the right overhanging arete on this formation. The big landmark is a very overhung start, up to a big volleyball like sloper midway up the first section.This route has fun overhanging moves and leads to an interesting vertical face for the second half. The original rating was 12d, but the route is only 12a if the easiest beta is found. Also there are a couple of drilled holds on the route, but the 12a rating stands without using these holds, they are not needed. In fact, the...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of The Dog House Slideshow Add Photo
1. Snoopy. <br />2. Black Dog. <br />3. Fiddler on the Woof. <br />4. Mighty Dog. <br />5. Big Dog. <br />6.
BETA PHOTO: 1. Snoopy.
2. Black Dog.
3. Fiddler on the Woof.
Considering what we found in the parking lot, the crag should be renamed "dong house". <br /> <br />Oh. The arrow points to the climbs.
Considering what we found in the parking lot, the ...
Looking back east at the Dog House.
BETA PHOTO: Looking back east at the Dog House.
Climbing at the convenient Dog House.
Climbing at the convenient Dog House.
Busy day at The Dog House.
Busy day at The Dog House.
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By Walt Wehner
Nov 24, 2001

This photo is a bit misleading. There are _2_ routes on the far left side that share anchors, and are around 5.10/5.10+ respectively. THEN there's a 5.11 that goes up a slab to the _right_ side of the crack that the 10+ climbs, and then shoots off right through the overhang to an independent anchor. Finally, (this is the left side only) there's the massively manufactured route that goes out right on 2 drilled jugs to a low anchor. The #2 shown in the photo is really a sort of amalgam of both the 5.11 and the drilled route. Maybe another photoshop session is in order?

Note that I'm in no way bashing Quinn for the photo. I imagine a route got added at some point, which is what's confusing matters.

By Joshua Lewis
Mar 17, 2002

I'd agree with you about the ratings on the leftmost routes, Walt. IMO the far left is a good 10a--maybe a star or two. The next in from that is 10b/c with 2-3 and pumpy. Seems like the upper half of the b/c might have been added after the fact, what with the midway anchors and slight runout from the ledge. Not too bad a clip if you cheat a little left and have an above average ape index. Straight up the chalked crimpers would be considerably harder..and pretty balsey. Anyway...they're good routes and give the weekend me...a chance to get up something on the Dog House.

By mtoensing
From: Boulder
Feb 25, 2006

NEW ROUTE ON the left side of the crag. Saw the guy drilling on the left side today. I can't wait to try but should be a great route.

By G8rFtBall
Apr 27, 2009

Lost Chalk Bag - Was climbing here on 4/21/09 and left my new chalk bag at the crag. Please let me know if you have it. I would make it worth your while to return. Thanks in advance, Brian.

By Kai Huang
From: Thornton, CO
Apr 27, 2009

Don't have your chalk bag, but GO GATORS!

By Rhonda
Jan 16, 2010

Does anyone know anything about the upper pitch routes? Looks like there's a second pitch above the .11 and maybe the .12a. Definitely anchors up there.