Many routes exist on this little rock. Some of the easiest slab routes in the canyon and some difficult lines often toproped.
Cross the bridge--it's basically right off the trail to the West next to Redgarden and across from the Bastille.
Weather station 0.1 miles from here
29 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',13],['1 Star',12],['Bomb',1]
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Whale's Tail:
West Crack 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 160'
New Cambria 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
R Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 90'
Free Speech 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 40'
Featured Route For The Whale's Tail
Spoof Roof 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
: Eldorado Canyon SP
: The Whale's Tail
On the South Side of the Whale's Tail a slipery ramp rises from the right to left on a dark band of rock [from the] streamside trail. This Route is Spoof. Climb the first 30 or so feet past fixed pins with a few possible tricam or SLCD placements. This section is the 5.8+ crux of Spoof. After a few more moves a pocketed and chunky crack/dihedral/roof appears overhead. Climb up and slightly to the right on pockets, pinches, underclings and jams.Normally, I'd say to continue to a good belay ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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Latest Regional Forum Messages
The Whale's Tail from across the river.
By Matt Rutledge
Jan 11, 2002
This is a great rock for people who want to get into leading. The crack numbered (1) goes about 5.2 with pro placements at about every move. The crack numbered (3) goes about 5.4 with even more pro placements than the other crack. Both anchors are solid, and can be backed up if so desired. The face (2) is easily TR'd from the anchor for the first crack. It goes about 5.easy.
I think the crux of this entire face is getting to the belay ledge.
Oh. A 60m rope is really nice to have for raping off the anchors on the first crack. I've had bad luck getting ropes stuck on this one, so stand as far to climbers right as you can when pulling the ropes.
Nov 24, 2003
Getting to the base of the west face of this rock is a bit hairy. It's not that you're afraid of falling, it's just that the ground is so far away.
By Anonymous Coward
Jun 12, 2004
I've felt for many years that the ratings are backwards. That the left crack is 5.2 with some 5.4 moves while the curving corner to the right is almost class 4 with some 5.2 moves to exit to the anchor. Any other comments?
By Mike Abraham
May 25, 2005
I kind of agree with the comment that the crack (#1 in the photo) seems harder than the corner (#3 in the photo). I think the crack just seems steeper, and is definitely longer. The corner has only the one move to get around the flake. So I guess I give 'em each a 5.3 to even it out. No matter how you slice it, they're both terrific routes, no matter how good you are.