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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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Browse More Classics in West Ridge - part C - Pony Express to Long John
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+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch
Sooberb Lite 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 3 pitches, 250'
Lightning Bolt Crack 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 70'
Ignominity 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 3 pitches
Sister Morphine 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, TR, 1 pitch
Horse d'Oeuvre (aka Pony Express P1 to Zip Code) 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a Trad, 1 pitch, 140'
Handcracker Direct 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Trad, 5 pitches
variation to Mail Ridge 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, TR, 1 pitch
Mail Ridge Tower Link-Up 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 4 pitches, 400'
Sooberb 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b Trad, 3 pitches
Practice Wall 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Trad, 2 pitches
The Side Wall 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c R Trad, 2 pitches, 120'
Iron Horse 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- E4 5c Trad, 1 pitch
Pony Express 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Trad, 2 pitches
Barrel of Monkeys 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch
Pony Express, Briggs' Variation 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
False Prophet 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 130'
Warp Drive Overload 5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Practice Climb 101 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- E6 6b R Trad, 2 pitches, 175'
Reckoning 5.12d 7c 28 IX E6 6b Trad, Sport, 2 pitches
Featured Route For West Ridge - part C - Pony Express to Long John
Mail Ridge Tower Link-Up 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : West Ridge - part C - Pony ...
The Mail Ridge Tower Link-Up is a fantastic route linking some superb 5.10 pitches on the West Ridge. Steve Levin gives it 4-stars in his latest guidebook and I can't say that I disagree. While there is some junk thrown in the middle for good measure, the hard climbing is spectacular and is very well protected. P1: 5.10c, 80'. Begin with Chick On The Side (which lies just below the start to Handcracker Direct). This pitch begins in an obtuse dihedral next to a pine tree...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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