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The Dungeon can be approached from the Falls Wall Trail from the Creek Bottom Trail or from the Rim Rock Trail. Some of its walls are no more than 3 feet wide, which provides nice shade in the summer. There are two entrances--for the small person, you can squeeze through a small crack on the West face outside the dungeon (see Steebos' Cousin). Or a passage way on the North end (see The Iron Maiden photo) leads into your dark, dismal, doom....

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This is located at the North end of West Rim.

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Walking towards the Dungeon from Falls Wall, there is a crevase that can be found along the canyon rim. A few easy chimney moves drop you into a windy passage way that eventually opens up into The Dungeon. Feb 18, 2002
By the way, be sure to tar and feather those nasty savages who keep breaking glass bottles all over the Dungeon. Feb 18, 2002
Brother Numsie   Nepal
This is a great place to practice Yugoslavian spire-jumping. Nov 23, 2002
Amen to the comment about the people breaking the bottles. I could have had sutures had I not been paying attention on this route. I cleaned as best I could while hanging out. Robb Oct 2, 2004
The Dungeon is not located on the north end of the west rim as stated by Ben in the original Dungeon description from 2001.
The Dungeon is located just north of the western-most projection of the east rim, near the middle of the entire east rim.
It is just north of The Falls Wall on the EAST rim. Mar 30, 2007
Does anyone know GPS coordinates to The Dungeon? I'm thinking about walking in from Franktown and camping in The Dungeon but don't want to hike more than 5 miles. thanks May 31, 2011
Brother Numsie   Nepal

Here, but it already has several trolls living down in there. And I have a family of Tanzmanians guarding our meth lab, too. Jun 1, 2011
Brother Numsie   Nepal
This is a good place for Summer workouts (most of the routes are hard) for Douglas and Arapahoe County residents when you don't have a long day for the real destinations. The actual best approach is by first getting to 9 Lives Arete on the East side of the creek, then trending southeast uphill, making sure you aim for each distant boulder you can see. By going from boulder to boulder, it will lead you the Westernmost point of the Dungeon area, follow the trail/walls east over the big dead tree. You also pass a ton of good bouldering this way. Jul 10, 2011
Kevin Neilson
Kevin Neilson   Boulder
Helm Hammerhand, near the left (N) end: Loc: 39˚21.015'N 104˚45.525'W
Lichen the Old Country, near the right (S) end: Loc: 39˚20.983'N 104˚45.566'W Alt:6540'

The most reliable and easiest (though maybe not the shortest) way to get to the Dungeon is to park by the homestead ruins (the first lot encountered when entering from the north) and take the trail which leads across the bridge and up to the eastern rim. Take the trail until you are above one the Dungeon and find the route you want and rappel in. Jul 26, 2012
Cara Hubbell
Arvada, CO
Cara Hubbell   Arvada, CO
I second the above comment about rappelling in. We tried to get to the Dungeon from the creek and couldn't find it. We ended up at C-Section Wall. Later we were told to follow the Rim Trail which was really good advice, because you just walk along the rim until you see a bunch of anchors. Don't try to approach this crag from below. Plus rapping in and then using one of the routes to get back out again makes the Dungeon feel really creepy and isolated in a good way! May 24, 2017
Caden Norman
Caden Norman   Lubbock
Pretty tough area to find if you're approaching from below on the Falls Trail. I would definitely recommend taking the Rim Rock Trail, finding the anchors and rapping in. Only problem is there really isn't a good anchor to rap in on. All the bolts are spinners. We finally backed our rap up on a tree and got into The Dungeon. There's tons of trash all around the area. There are definitely some cool lines, but every bolt we touched was spinning, and the routes are really runout. If you go out of the tunnel, there are some harder routes on the west-facing wall. We didn't get on any of these, because the first bolt was almost 20ft up on all of them. We were so sketched out by the protection we didn't want to climb out and take the rim trail back, so we ended up bushwhacking for a mile or so until we found the Falls Trail. Just a heads up on what to expect of this area. Jul 3, 2017