The Skillet Rock Climbing
The Skillet is a unique and worthy crag located on a steep hill above the Frying Pan river. Many have described the beautiful rock here as a mix between Eldo and Mill Creek. As such, the lines tend to be very technical while also requiring some power to pull through the cruxes. Most of the routes are sport, with a few mixed gear and trad routes thrown in for good measure. If you want more trad, keep heading up the trail to the upper crags.
The cliff faces south, and makes for good cragging on cooler days. The left and right sides are in the shade at various times during the day, making it possible to climb here in warmer temps as well.
Follow Frying Pan road out of Basalt towards Reudi Reservoir. Just before the turn off to the dam, there is a shady pullout on the road. Park here and then walk back down the road towards Basalt for a hundred feet or so, until you see a rough trail heading up the steep hillside towards a broken cliff band. The trail traverse the bases of this cliff from left to right before continuing up the hillside to the Skillet. Expect 20 to 25 minutes on the steep uphill hike.
Weather station 11.2 miles from here
20 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',3],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Skillet
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Skillet:
Nose Job 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Featured Route For The Skillet
The Technician 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b CO
: Carbondale Area
: ... : The Skillet
This is a fantastic route that is very appropriately named. Climbs through a loose roof band down low (stick clip), and then up the very hard to decipher left-facing dihedral system above. Watch for fragile holds and a few large, loose flakes up high....[more] Browse More Classics in CO
Local Information for The Skillet
Latest Regional Forum Messages
By BJ Sbarra
From: Carbondale, CO
Jun 25, 2009
The easiest routes here are 5.9,there are three of them, everything else is harder. The new Rifle & Western Colorado guidebook has good info on all of them.
By Benjamin Pontecorvo
From: Eugene, Oregon
Apr 27, 2015
We tried to find this crag yesterday to get some pitches in before 5point. We looked for about 30 min but could not find any sort of trail in the area described above. Didn't really matter as it started raining soon enough. Was it before or after the 35mph sign?