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Routes in Indian Rock

Blowing Bubbles S,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Cave route TR 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Cum Slot T,TR 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Dismal Abysmal S,TR 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
Donkey Dong S,TR 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
High On Testosterone T,S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Hocus S,TR 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R
Jail Bird S,TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Krokus S,TR 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R
Puckered Starfish S,TR 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
South Face S,TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Strip Poker S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Viscious Circles S,TR 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
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Access Issue: Trails are closed from sunset to 6:00 am. Details

Description

Like the rest of Castle Rock, this rock consists of sandstone, with routes ranging from 20 feet to ~60 feet in length. Climbing is primarily sport, though a mixed route and a few trad routes also exist. Toprope potential exists on all climbs, though setting up a top rope on the northern climbs deserves some caution due to the exposure on the top of Indian Rock.

You'll usually find this area in the shade, as it is surrounded by trees on all sides. The tops of many routes and the rock itself are usually in the sun.

Beware of broken glass in the footpaths on the lower climbs, especially in leaf piles. This glass is probably due to late nighters who feel that tossing their beer bottles is fun. Also, beware sticking your hands places you haven't seen if you're climbing a route for the first time, especially if it looks like the route hasn't been climbed in a while.

SIDE NOTE: (DOGS ALLOWED!) This crag is the only one in the area that you are able to take dogs to. So if you can't live without your four-legged friends this one is for you!!

Getting There

Approach time: 3 - 5 minutes.

From the main Castle Rock parking lot, walk or drive east 150 yards to an opening on the opposite side of the street, which is the entrance to Sanborn-Skyline County Park.

There will be a sign a short ways (like 50 feet) in stating (among other things) "Indian Rock .1M", Go past this sign on the trail which will head up the hill and gradually left. You will find Indian Rock on the right side of this trail jutting 30 feet out of the ground, and surrounded by small boulders.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Indian Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
Cave route
TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 91
Puckered Starfish
Sport, TR
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 99
Blowing Bubbles
Sport, TR
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 94
Viscious Circles
Sport, TR
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R
 4
Hocus
Sport, TR
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
 6
Dismal Abysmal
Sport, TR
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 55
Donkey Dong
Sport, TR
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R
 23
Krokus
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cave route
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
Puckered Starfish
 91
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Blowing Bubbles
 99
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport, TR
Viscious Circles
 94
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport, TR
Hocus
 4
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c R Sport, TR
Dismal Abysmal
 6
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 Sport, TR
Donkey Dong
 55
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport, TR
Krokus
 23
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a R Sport, TR
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Quite similar to the sandstone in Sydney (Australia), but finer grained and therefore easier on your tips. Jul 13, 2002
Blitzo  
The yellowjackets get pretty aggressive in this area. Sep 12, 2006
Lukas Wiborg
Boulder, CO
Lukas Wiborg   Boulder, CO
This area is one of the easiest to access in the Castle Rock area and is great for a day where you want to climb outside but don't have quite as much time. Jul 23, 2016

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