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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.
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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Skillet:
Green Eggs & Ham 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
One For The Road 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Thunder Fairy 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Steroid Milkshake Mixer 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Nose Job 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Black Eyes and Spam 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Silver Surfer 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 100'
Chubby Pickle Arete 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 45'
Snag 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
The Camel Head 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 2 pitches, 120'
Mado Skates 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Throwing For Jesus 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 75'
Angry Angler 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Trad, 3 pitches, 125'
Lightning Bug 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Sharp Edge 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
The Technician 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Green Span 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ E5 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Entropy 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Trad, 1 pitch, 75'
Laser Beams 5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ E6 6c Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
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