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Jolly Tower - Marital Bliss T 
Large Surprises T 
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Oompah Tower - Ethan Putterman and the Chocolate Factory T 
Second Coming, The T 
Short, Cupped Hands T 
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Singles T 
Slaughterfist T 
Soren Roof T 
Things Fall Apart T 

Tiara Rado  


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Submitted By: Jesse Zacher on Jul 18, 2006  with updates from Jesse Hill
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Description 

This area has climbing similar to Liberty Cap (on same cliff band). Many quality crack climbs of various grades are available. There are around 10-15 climbs.

Getting There 

Drive west out of Grand Junction on Broadway (CO Highway 340) into the Redlands. Drive approximately 3 miles turning left (south) onto Redlands Parkway. After 0.5 mile the road curves right (east) and becomes South Broadway at South Camp Road. Continue west on South Broadway until it makes a left hand turn (past the Tiara Rado Golf Course, the road weaves and turns for a while). Go down S. Broadway then take a left on Tiara Dr. Follow the road until it weaves close to cliff band. Park in front of drainage beside a 15 foot long cement curb. Hike Drainage until you go under fence/iron bars. Walk until you intersect a trail and take a right. Follow until there is a weakness/gully of rotten Granite. Walk up that and the cliffs will be on the right hand of the U-shaped/ bowl of sandstone wall.

Per Rschap:

New Access:

From Broadway,
Turn onto South Broadway just west of 19 road about 0.8 of a mile east on Broadway from the Monument Canyon trailhead.
About 0.6 of a mile the road will veer left and run alongside the monument,
Very shortly after, about 0.2 of a mile on the right hand side will be a break in the fence and about enough room to park two or three cars. This is the Gold Star Canyon trail head.
From the break in the fence take the trail that heads off left and hike for a little over a mile (basically till your back over by the old drainage access), then look for a small game trail on the right that heads to the upper tier. It will be just before a big drainage of metamorphic rock. Walk up that and the cliffs will be on the right hand of the U-shaped/ bowl of sandstone wall.

Climbing Season



Weather station 0.1 miles from here

19 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',5],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tiara Rado:
Jolly Tower - Marital Bliss   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c C1     Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 160'   
Oompah Tower - Ethan Putterman and the Chocolate Factory   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1     Trad, Aid, 3 pitches, 240'   
Short, Cupped Hands   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Large Surprises   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
Singles   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
First Impressions   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 85'   
100' Hands   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Dirty Martini   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 60'   
Sickle   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
Disappear/Reappear   5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   
Soren Roof   5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 90'   
Flapper   5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, 1 pitch, 70'   
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Featured Route For Tiara Rado
The splitter goods.

Incredible Handcrack of the Monument 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  CO : Grand Junction area : ... : Tiara Rado
This route is of better quality than the Super Crack of the Monument. It has better stone and is longer. Rather than a hand crack, it sports every size from tight hands to cups, 100'. This is well worth the hike across the gully from Tiara Rado. It gets wider at the top!Per Paul S: P2 starts out with a few bulges with that horrid size: too tight for a fist but too wide for a secure hand jam on good rock. After that the difficulty eases, but the rock takes a turn for the worse. Th...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Tiara Rado Slideshow Add Photo
1-Things Fall Apart, 2- , 3- Large Surprises.
BETA PHOTO: 1-Things Fall Apart, 2- , 3- Large Surprises.
The south face cragging of the Tiara Rado Wall.
The south face cragging of the Tiara Rado Wall.

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By Jesse Zacher
Administrator
From: Grand Junction, Co
Jul 18, 2006
Not much information on First ascent or names or grades so I am just using my best guess.
By BJ Sbarra
From: Carbondale, CO
Oct 21, 2009
How long does the approach take?
By Matthew Seymour
From: 1996 Dodge Van, USA
Oct 22, 2009
Approach takes about 15-20 minutes. It's really short, like under a mile, but very steep.

Also, once you cross the fence you want to follow the trail right until you are under a bit of the hill that is less steep than surrounding areas. This is just past the obvious large drainage. From here you follow a faint game/climbers trail up the hill and into a a small drainage. Sometimes the start of the trail has cairns, sometimes not.
By Airbiscuit
Mar 13, 2010
All drainages are legal access, sounds like the popularity is having the usual effects. I think this is a good one for the Coaliton to figure out.
By thomas haines
May 22, 2010
Yeah, I ran into the same deal and actually spoke with the lady that put some of those signs up. She was super friendly and took the time to pull out a map and tell me where the "actual" access point was. The whole time I was wondering how a hiker strolling through the drainage was more intrusive than me knocking on her door and going through all this trouble. Anyway, I would love to get to the bottom of all the access disputes that seem to be popping up for The Monument. This is now the third place in the last year Ihave ran into this for The Monument!
By Jesse Zacher
Administrator
From: Grand Junction, Co
May 22, 2010
The WCCC has been investigating this and has found that as far as the authorities, park and local, the trail is not to be used as an access point. Though originally all drainage coming from the monument were legal access points that were supposed to be upheld in perpetuity, the reality is that all the new subdivisions and building up against The Monument has created a land divisions that do not include these access points, so legally the landowners are told they have some sort of right to the land. Possibly this issue could be raised in court and perhaps something made of it.
However, I would suggest, and the WCCC will help to enforce the land owners' wishes. We will be making some signs with a map to put up at this access point to route people to the correct parking and trail head.
This is unfortunate as the hike is longer, and this will prove issue with access to other buttresses such as Supercrack of the Monument and the buttress adjacent to Tiara Rado.

Please do not use this trail head and help us keep civil relations with landowners. If anyone is to be blamed, it is possibly the City Planning or the authorities not wanting to peruse the issue and just ruling in favor of the landowner.
If you have any questions direct them to the WCCC email: Western_co_climbers@hotmail.com

-Jesse
By Rschap
From: Grand Junction, CO
Jun 26, 2010
It seems as though it was other people hanging out and drinking back in this area that shut down this access point. According to Phil Akers, ranger at CNM, this was never a legal access point but this is something that is currently being debated. When I asked him why rangers have been telling people that this was a legal access he did not comment. Phil did say the monument has been working with Mesa County GIS to determine all of the legal access points to the monument and a map will be put out as soon as it is ready.

New directions:
From Broadway,
Turn onto South Broadway just west of 19 road about 0.8 of a mile east on Broadway from the Monument Canyon trailhead.
About 0.6 of a mile the road will veer left and run alongside the monument,
Very shortly after, about 0.2 of a mile on the right hand side will be a break in the fence and about enough room to park two or three cars. This is the Gold Star Canyon trail head.
From the break in the fence take the trail that heads off left and hike for a little over a mile (basically till your back over by the old drainage access), then look for a small game trail on the right that heads to the upper tier. It will be just before a big drainage of metamorphic rock. Walk up that and the cliffs will be on the right hand of the U-shaped/ bowl of sandstone wall.

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By Jesse Zacher
Administrator
From: Grand Junction, Co
Sep 10, 2010
Please approach this via Gold Star Canyon. Additionally, you can hike up Gold Star Canyon and walk the Monument trail heading east.