The Wicked Cave is home to many of Rifle's longest, hardest routes and is an impressive spectacle in and of itself. The cave proper, while way too chossy to climb, forms an immense roofy bowl that is easily 70+ feet from the back to the lip and often runs with water or drips with giant icicles.
The Wicked Cave is just downstream from the Arsenal on the same side of the Canyon, and is just across the road from the Fluff Boy (Sno-Cone Cave) parking area.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Wicked Cave:
Sexy Beast 5.12b/c Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
The Feast (aka Fat Lady) 5.13a Sport, 80 feet
Tombraider 5.13c Sport, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Cryptic Egyptian 5.13c Sport, 1 pitch
Magnetar 5.13d Sport, Chipped, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Get Shorty 5.13d Sport, 1 pitch
Slice of Life 5.13d Sport, 1 pitch, 90 feet
Planet X 5.14a Sport, 1 pitch, 90 feet
Zulu 5.14- Sport, 1 pitch
Featured Route For The Wicked Cave
Zulu 5.14- CO : Rifle Mountain Park : The Wicked Cave
Zulu is one route left of Slice of Life, on the right side of the Wicked Cave. It climbs up vertical grey rock and quickly gives way to a very overhanging swell, which is followed to the lip of the cave. It can also be recognized by a long jump to a deep hole around the 5th or 6th bolt.While all the hardest climbing hits you on the bottom third of the route, it is unrelenting all the way to the anchors, with an undercling crux at 2/3 height and a crimpy finishing crux providing plen...[more] Browse More Classics in CO