This is the top most section of the West Ridge. It arbitrarily extends to Xanadu since it is a well-known, easily-identified route. This section is the most breezy, most airy, highest in altitude, and longest to reach. Count on at least a 30 minutes approach. However, on a spring or fall day or in the mornings on a summer day, this stretch of stone is hard to beat for setting close to the Denver Metropolitan area. If there were a place to camp in Eldorado Canyon, this might be the place. It's worth the walk.
Some may call this section of the ridge, the North Buttress. It does seem somewhat distinct from the rest of the West Ridge. Descents off the top can be done generally going left to the gully between The West Ridge & Rincon.
Note, there is still loose rock in sections here. Consider a helmet. Don't forget good judgment. If you come play here, you may be smiling for days.
There are many fine routes in this section of the West Ridge. Routes here vary from 1 to 3 pitches in length. These include: the fun Knight's Move
, 5.7; the devious Purple Haze
, 5.9; the varied Chockstone
, 5.10a - don't short-change yourself with only 1 pitch; Laughing at the Moon
, 5.10b; the exquisite Prince of Darkness
, 5.11a; the technical Jericho
, 5.11c; Wild Turkey
, 5.11c/d s; the impressive Ministry of Fear, 5.11d vs; among others.
This is a traditionally-protected area so bring your rack if you visit this section.
For you history buffs, there is an interesting story about how the bold, Alec Sharp spent a sleepless night prior to firing off his intimidating Ministry of Fear in the old publication Bolder Boulder
. Many of us ordinary folks with real jobs might spend a sleepless night before putting up a 5.9 s or 5.10 s route.
Again, it's worth the walk.
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.
Weather station 0.3 miles from here
32 Total Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',8],['2 Stars',19],['1 Star',4],['Bomb',1]
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Chockstone 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, 3 pitches, 165'
Chock Suey 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch, 50'
Whiplash 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, 1 pitch
Jericho 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
R Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Superstone 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
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The route starts about 10 feet to the right of Purple Haze. (On the upper section of the West Ridge)P1 - Start up a crack in the middle of the face. This pitch is fairly easy (6). Go past a small tree stump. Belay at the ledge.P2 - I almost want to give this a Serious rating. It begins with a couple hard 5.9 pinchy moves. There's really no pro on the direct line to start the pitch, but if you really want to you can barely get a stopper in crack around a small corner on the rig...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
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By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Apr 25, 2007
From ECSP: There has been a major rock slide on the Rincon talus slope so please use extreme caution when crossing to the Rincon routes.