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The South and Southeast Face of the East Ridge of Tijeras Peak, known as the Mark Rothko Wall, is part of an isolated cirque high in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It saw its apparent first ascent by Brad McCullough, Josh Schneck and Jim Disney on September 4, 1988 with "Vertical Study in Grays and Browns": www.summitpost.org/route/178728/South-Face-Mark-Rothko-Wall->>>
Provisions can be had in the fine little town of Westcliffe. From there, drive south on Hwy 69 for 4+ miles to Rd 119 and continue south till you get to a T intersection. Turn left going east, the road will turn back south. This is [Music] Pass Road, still 119. Follow it about 5 miles through many curves to a sizeable parking area. You will need a low end 4WD from this point to continue roughly west on FR 329 for 3 miles to the trailhead. From here, it's a 4 mile hike to Lower Sand Creek Lake. TR 903 will take you over Music Pass. Once in the Sand Creek Valley, TR903 connects with TR743, continue west to an intersection leading to a crossing. This takes you SW to Lower Sand Creek Lake.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Tijeras Peak:
Kiss of the Lion 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13 Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 300'
Astromarmot 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b PG13 Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, 800'
Ichiban 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c X Trad, Alpine, 10 pitches, 800'
Black and White Movies 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a R Trad, Alpine, 5 pitches, 550'
Wild, Immaculate 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c PG13 Trad, TR, Alpine, 2 pitches, 230'
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Black and White Movies 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a R CO : Alpine Rock : Tijeras Peak
On the southeast-facing wall, find a triangular roof near a little boulder cave. Black & White Movies starts (above the cave?) on an unprotected ramp with good features on the right. Lead on to a series of diagonal steps crossing a series of black waterstreaks on black and white gneiss. This takes you to a little step-across to a long, narrow, diagonal ledge. There is a bolted anchor at the upper end of this ledge. This first pitch borders on an X runout considering the remoteness of the area. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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