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This is the second highest section of the West Ridge. It arbitrarily extends from Xanadu to Pony Express, since these are well-known, easily identified routes. This section is the most crack-rich section of the ridge. As a result, it has a different feel than most of the rest of The West Ridge. Count on at least a 25 minutes approach.
Approach is dependent upon the depth of the creek, the section of wall you wish to climb, the parking available, and your desires for the day. You can approach the top of the ridge by parking at the W end of the park, hiking up the Eldorado Canyon Trail, take the turn off for the Rincon access, then boulder hop the talus, and cross to the Rincon. Then angle down a short way to the top of the ridge. You can approach the lower part 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. Finally, you can approach the lower part of the ridge 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 D - Xanadu to Pony Express:
Fine Line 5.9 Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Funeral March 5.9 Trad, 1 pitch
Air Mail 5.10a PG13 Trad, 1 pitch
Positively Fourth Street 5.10a Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 70 feet
Xanadu 5.10a Trad, 1 pitch, 115 feet
Hand Crack (aka White Lightning) 5.10b Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Zip Code 5.11- Trad, 1 pitch, 130 feet
Parallels 5.11b Trad, 1 pitch
Tango 5.11 Trad, 1 pitch, 110 feet
Terminal Velocity 5.11b/c Trad, 1 pitch, 80 feet
Bit by Bit 5.11c/d Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 160 feet
Foxtrot 5.11d PG13 Trad, 1 pitch
Iron Pony 5.11d Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 150 feet
The Formula 5.11d Trad, 1 pitch
Crazy Fingers 5.12a/b PG13 Trad, 1 pitch, 40 feet
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Foxtrot 5.11d PG13 CO : Eldorado Canyon SP : ... : West Ridge - part D - Xanad...
Another not so hidden gem on the West Ridge. It looks like a crack, but does not climb like a crack. First off, the pro is good over the roof, but pumpy to place. Once through the sketchy corner and over the roof, you end up doing these pinch moves, layaways, I dyno'ed to get through the crux and into the flare. Short but sweet...Eldo crack climbing at its best. [The gear is adequate but very pumpy to place (and hard to see at the crux) with a long fall potential at the crux move]Once on the upp...[more] Browse More Classics in CO