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This section is the middle of the West Ridge and may be considered by some to be the heart. In some ways, it does feel meatier than other sections. It is arbitrarily defined by the well-known Pony Express and Long John Wall. The name for this section is abbreviated to help fit screens.
Approach is dependent upon the depth of the creek, the parking available, and your desires for the day. You can approach this section of the ridge by parking at the Milton Boulder, wade the stream or boulder hop (Aug-ish to May-ish) to the base of the ridge and ascend. Or, you can approach by parking at the E end of the park, cross the bridge, hike on the trail paralleling the creek, and traverse the slippery 3rd class ramp around to the base of the West Ridge. Note, this last traverse is intimidating for small kids and particularly green partners. Then, you hike along the trail at the base of the W face of the West Ridge to your desired route.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for West Ridge - part C - Pony Express to Long John:
Mesca-Line 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch
Sooberb Lite 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches, 250'
Lightning Bolt Crack 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Sister Morphine 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch
Ignominity 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, 3 pitches
Horse d'Oeuvre (aka Pony Express P1 to Zip Code) 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Handcracker Direct 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 5 pitches
variation to Mail Ridge 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR, 1 pitch
Sooberb 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 3 pitches
Mail Ridge Tower Link-Up 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, 4 pitches, 400'
Practice Wall 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad, 2 pitches
The Side Wall 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R Trad, 2 pitches, 120'
Iron Horse 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, 1 pitch
Pony Express 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, 2 pitches
Barrel of Monkeys 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Pony Express, Briggs' Variation 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
False Prophet 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 130'
Warp Drive Overload 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Practice Climb 101 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b R Trad, 2 pitches, 175'
Reckoning 5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Trad, Sport, 2 pitches
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Handcracker Direct 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : West Ridge - part C - Pony ...
Rossiter calls this route "a near-classic," and for good reason. Consistent pitches, easy routefinding, and solid crack climbing is what this is all about. We had a smile after every pitch!P1: Scramble up to the chimney that is The Mail Ridge, and go slightly right. Start climbing here. Go up the short left facing dihedral created by a large triangular block. Gain the top of said block, and move right into another left-facing dihedral with a slight bulge. Move over and follow the crack up...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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