Elevation: 6,417 ft
GPS: 39.768, -105.218 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Michael Komarnitsky on Dec 31, 2000 with 1 Suggestions
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Rim Rock Trail Closure Details

Description

Sitting above Golden, this popular cliff band faces south & west so it makes for comfortable winter/cold weather rock climbing. Most routes here are tightly bolted and generally short (60 foot range), so a 50m rope and 10 quickdraws will be sufficient for most routes. Toproping routes is easy to do, with quick access to the top and bolts just below the top of the cliffs. Be careful though; the rock at the top can be loose in places. Make sure you're safe when setting up said toprope. There is only a single trail leaving from each of the two parking lots, and it takes an obvious course up the hill to the cliffs above. Walking this trail, beware of rattlesnakes in the summer and fall. At the point where the trail meets the cliff, you are on the far right (east) side of the cliffs. Also, this area sees a lot of use and some anchors are being severly worn by people running topropes directly through anchors. If you plan to toprope, please preserve the resources by using quickdraws or 'biners to run the rope through, and whenever possible rap off rather than lowering through the anchors.

Note, as the years have gone by and the popularity of this area has increased, the rock has become polished in places...amazingly so in spots. In particular, warm days will increase this characteristic and leave the infrequent visitor feeling sandbagged at times. Beware.

The climbing access here has been preserved with an amazing cooperation of landowner (Mr. Peery), city of Golden, and organizations like AMC, RMFI, and the Access Fund. The area straddles land owned by Golden and Jefferson County Open Space. Note, the regulations will vary slightly as you cross properties.

There is a dumpster here; however, consider recycling your cans and bottles rather than filling landfills.

Note, with time & popularity, some of the basalt here is getting quite polished, similar to limestone.

Organization

There are 4 access points for these crags - the North Table Mountain Park parking lot along CO 93, the Access Fund lots on Peery Parkway, the on ramp area onto CO 58 from Easley Road, and the "blue house" trailhead along Ulysses Way/W 43rd Drive.

On top of the mesa (usually access from the CO 93 lot):

Sea Cliffs of North Quarry
Crater Crag of North Quarry- which is just opposite North Quarry / Pinnacle Area

The sections of crags below the top here L->R:

A. North Quarry / Pinnacle Area
B. The Risk Area
C. Winterfest Wall
D. The Hot Spot Area
E. Winter Warmer Area
F. Twelve Pack Wall
G. Industrial Buttress
H. MBA Buttress
I. Trad Lands
J. Table Top Area
K. Overhang Area
L. Brown Cloud Rocks
M. Child Free Zone (buttresses above & below) - trail comes up below this area.

These areas utilize different parking either off Easley Rd. or Ulysses Way:
N. The Quarry Wall
O. The East Quarry
P. EMF Wall

Getting There

For the bulk of North Table: from the east, take I-70 west to CO Hwy 58. Get off at Boyd St. Go to the 2nd stop sign. Go straight/uphill on Plateau following it briefly as it curves right. Go left and then take the first right onto Peery Pkwy. The sign says "Dead End". Go to the end of the street, continue past the gate. There are 2 lots - the "overflow" to the left and the main lot (with the pit toilet).

From the north, take CO Hwy 93 south to Golden. Just as you enter town, take a left on Washington St. Follow Washington to 1st Street, and take another left. Once across the bridge at the bottom of the hill, take a right on Partridge Cr. Turn left (east) on Ptarmigan St. Ptarmigan St. which will turn into Peery Pkwy.

From the west, take US 6 on to CO 58. Exit Washington St and go south to 7th Ave. Go east to Ford St. Go east (just after crossing under CO 58) on 7th Pl. Go north (left) onto Boyd St. Follow this as it goes uphill and curves right and becomes Plateau Pkwy. Take a left and go uphill on to Peery Pkwy to its end as it also curves right (east).

For the above, follow Perry onto a dirt road that will lead to one of two parking lots. The lower lot has the outhouses. Both lots have trails which head uphill. For reference, the new Access Fund trail comes up to the main cliff just below This Ain't Naturita, Pilgrim in the Overhang Area.

The old parking lot from the '90s has been converted into a home & garden.

For the Crater Crag/North Quarry of North Table and possible the left end of the main cliffs: from the intersection of US 6/CO 58/CO 93, head north. On the right, past Pine Ridge Rd. / Wyoming Cir. will be the North Table Mountain Park parking lot. Head up the gravel road.

For the East Quarry, Quarry Wall, and East Bluffs of East Quarry: see the subareas for directions that utilize the MacIntyre exit off CO 58 and Easley Rd.

Fauna

Note, there are rattlesnakes here. Occasionally, folks wind up in the ER or ICU ($$$) with envenomations. Watch your dog, too. Use caution!

Dogs

According to a Jefferson County Open Space ranger, dogs in the Jefferson County Open Space section (Winter Warmer and left and on top of the mesa) should be on leashes.

Update: as of 2/29/12, there were Golden Animal Control officers at the trailhead who were enforcing an apparently new leash law requiring dogs to be on leash. Given they were handing out "free leashes" for now, it suggests this is a new regulation that applies to the overflow lot.

The lower lot, trail, and a good chunk of the land below the main parts of the cliff are owned by the Access Fund. They do not have regulations on leashes.

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5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 261
Big Dihedral
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 99
Bush Loves Detroit
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 92
Stickin' It To The Man
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 129
Ugly Stick
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 105
Silver Bullet
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 74
Winter Warmer
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 82
Major Bolt Achievement (MBA)
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 79
Frank's Wild Years
Trad
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 114
Mr. Squirrel Places a Nut
Sport, TR
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 68
Industrial Disease aka Dead Moon…
Sport, TR
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 64
Silver Bullet
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 84
Mrs. Hen Places a Peck
Sport, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 83
Slap Happy
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 80
Bone Collector aka Bone Crusher
Trad
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 83
Deepwater Horizon
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Big Dihedral Brown Cloud Rocks
 261
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, TR
Bush Loves Detroit Winterfest Wall
 99
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Stickin' It To The Man Winter Warmer Area
 92
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Ugly Stick Winter Warmer Area
 129
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Silver Bullet Winterfest Wall
 105
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Winter Warmer Winter Warmer Area
 74
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Major Bolt Achievement (MBA) MBA Buttress
 82
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Frank's Wild Years Quarry Wall
 79
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Mr. Squirrel Places a Nut Overhang Area
 114
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, TR
Industrial Disease aka Dead… Industrial Buttress
 68
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport, TR
Silver Bullet Quarry Wall
 64
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Mrs. Hen Places a Peck Overhang Area
 84
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport, TR
Slap Happy E Quarry
 83
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Bone Collector aka Bone Cru… Quarry Wall
 80
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad
Deepwater Horizon E Quarry
 83
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport
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