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Chocolate Rocks 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Disappearing Buttress 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Illusion Crags 14 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 14

Description

South of Windy Canyon, the cliffs get smaller and the mountainsides more broken up. There is still some good climbing on some small outcrops, and the crowds generally pass these areas up.
RAIN AND WET ROCK The sandstone in Red Rocks is fragile and is very easily damaged when it is wet. Details

Getting There

There are three main ways to gain access to these crags. The Chocolate Rocks area can be reached directly from Highway 160. If you are going to the Illusion Crags area and are looking for the easiest, but longer drive, start by following the Windy Peak aprroach, and then continue south for another mile or so to a parking area. A shorter approach to the Illusion Crags can be made on a more direct dirt road, but it requires a suitable car and confident driving.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Southern Outcrops

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Potzo's Pudding
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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
Sunday Cruise
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
French Bulges
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Mc-Crack-En
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Prime Rib
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Combination Corner
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Zacker Cracker
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Shortcake
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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
No Country for Young Men
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5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Vanishing Act
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Arm Forces
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5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Slight of Hand
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5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Peanut Butter and Jam
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5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Spinach
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
False Perception
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Potzo's Pudding Chocolate Rocks 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Sunday Cruise Disappearing Buttress 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13 Trad 3 pitches
French Bulges Illusion Crags 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Mc-Crack-En Chocolate Rocks 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Prime Rib Disappearing Buttress 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 4 pitches
Combination Corner Chocolate Rocks 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Zacker Cracker Chocolate Rocks 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Shortcake Chocolate Rocks 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
No Country for Young Men Disappearing Buttress 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 3 pitches
Vanishing Act Disappearing Buttress 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Trad
Arm Forces Illusion Crags 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Slight of Hand Illusion Crags 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Peanut Butter and Jam Chocolate Rocks 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Spinach Chocolate Rocks 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad
False Perception Illusion Crags 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c PG13 Trad
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The road to Illusion Crags/Disappearing Buttress and Windy Peak is pretty eroded as of late October 2017. People seem to be getting in and out OK with low-clearance vehicles, but it definitely is more challenging than usual. Oct 21, 2017

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