Elevation: 6,890 ft
GPS: 40.003, -105.396 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Michael Komarnitsky on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Seasonal Closure / 2020 Update Details

Description

Easy access, southern exposure, and fun, well-bolted, if crowded, sport routes make the Riviera a popular spot on cool, sunny days. There are a few mixed bolts-plus-gear routes and a few trad routes, too. A good place to take less-experienced climbers, with some moderate (5.6 to 5.8) routes as well as some harder (5.9 to 5.11) lines. Most routes have 2-bolt anchors at the top. Bring a 60m rope; a few of the routes need it to lower.

While some might consider it a separate crag, you can continue climbing up past the top of this subarea & continue to the top of the Bihedral. In fact, some route(s) on the Bihedral lie directly above routes on the Riviera.

The routes, from L->R:

A. Dancing Hippos, 7 R, 1p, 180', gear. Connects to Bihedral.
B. Lease Agreement, 10-, 1p, 50', gear & bolts.
C. New Lease on Life, 9+ to 11-, 1p, 50', bolts.
D. Abandonment, 8, 1p, 50', bolts & gear.
E. Sea Breeze, 11-, 1p, 50', bolts.
F. The Minstrel, 11-, 1p, 50', bolts.
G. Au Natural, 7, 1p, 50', gear (sadly, retrobolted 1st half). LFD.
above E-G. Just Putin Around, 9 PG-13, 4p, gear.
H. Beach Bum, 9+, 1p, 70', gear & bolt.
I. Devin's Dihedral, 9+ R, gear & bolt.
J. Birthday Suit, 10-, 1p, 70', bolts & gear.
K. Silver Glide, 11, 1p, 70', bolts.
L. Zig Zag Crack Thingy, 7, 1p, 60', gear.
M. Bosch Blanket Bingo, 9+, 1p, 70', bolts, variations.
N. Topless Etiquette, 8, 1p, 85', bolts & gear.
O1. Le Nouveau Riche Variation, 9+ PG-13, 1p, 85', gear (skipping the bolt).
O2. Le Nouveau Riche, 10 PG-13, 1p, 85', bolts & gear or TR.
P. Chouette, 6, 1p, 90', bolts & gear.
Q. Splash, 7, 1p, 90', bolts & gear.
R. Unknown Trad Line, 7 PG-13, 1p, 85'.
S. Infestation, 9-, 1p, 60', bolts +/- gear.
T. Monte Carlo, 7, 1p, 40', bolts +/- gear.

Getting There

Park at the same place you would for Sherwood Forest (immediately after mile marker 34 on the left), and walk 150 yards west on the road until you see a 3'-tall cement post with "430" on it, just off the road / on the hillside about 30' up off the road on the north side. Hike up the trail next to this post for 5 minutes to reach the Riviera. The trail tops out near the route Le Nouveau Riche. There is another parking area on the S side of the road at a big pullout with a large tree at the end of a guardrail.

Oddities

There is a funky, little Buddha in a shallow cave on the left side of this crag. What is up with that?

Sun Exposure

This is often one of the sunnier and warmer cliffs in Boulder Canyon during the cooler months. Note, near the winter solstice, the sunshine does leave the bottom of this cliff ~1 pm, which can bring a bit of a chill. Still, you can find nice warmth during the earlier hours of the shortest days.

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