The Catslab Rock Climbing
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Raptor Closures Effective February 1-July 31
Tunnel 1 closure
For more details visit: jeffco.us/open-space/alerts…
The two areas Jefferson County Open Space intends to close in Clear Creek Canyon, shown on the attached maps, encompass the active eagle nests. If the Clear Creek eagles continue to nest in the active nests, these areas will remain closed from February 1 through July 31. If the eagles choose different nesting sites, the closures will be adjusted accordingly to protect those eagles during their breeding season.
Currently, rock climbing areas that fall inside of the seasonal raptor closures include:
June 7, 2021 - TBD: Highway 6 is currently doing full road closures from Sunday night to Friday morning every week. The closure is from the junction of Highway 119 and Highway 6 to the junction of Highway 40 and Highway 6 (mile post ~260 to ~257). Vehicles that remain in the closure will be towed at owners expense.
"Until further notice, the Cat Slab climbing area, located on the west side of Tunnel 5 immediately to the right if one is going downstream, will be closed for climbing. Clear Creek County Open Space has decided this closure is necessary for safety reasons with ongoing construction in the area. If you have any further questions please contact Martha Tableman at 303-679-2305."
After months of negotiation, Clear Creek County successfully acquired the 76-acre Oxbow Parcel that contains the Cat Slab cliff. While the cliff line is protected, the area is now officially open to the public. The County is working on developing and implementing a site plan to provide safe, off-road parking, which may include shifting the guard rail and gate to provide more parking as a short-term solution.
Cat Slab was a popular crag before it was closed to the public in 2006 due to liability concerns. The County purchased the land using $725,000 in lottery funds, awarded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO). The County was supported by numerous recreational groups, including the Access Fund, Colorado Mountain Club, Colorado Whitewater, Trout Unlimited, International Mountain Bicycling Association, and Rafting Outfitters on Clear Creek.
Catslab is a popular near-roadside crag with a preponderance of lower end difficulty, bolt protected slab routes; however, there are a few harder routes and some that use gear. Be careful with rope lengths as some have come to find their rope a bit short and have sustained injuries and more. The crag can get quite warm in the sun. The belay areas can be a bit crowded.
This crag has had its share of access issues.
The Catslab is about 11 miles up the canyon. Take a left at the intersection for Blackhawk and going to Idaho Springs (go towards Idaho Springs). Go through the first tunnel, over the river, then immediately park, if possible, on the south side of the road. Walk back across the bridge, and then proceed about 1/4 mile south along a solid if slightly airy trail, to the slabby, south-facing face.
Per Ryan Dresser: as of 3/29/21, the main parking lot for Cat Slab by Tunnel 5 is CLOSED for construction. The parking along the highway was also roped off with signs that read "No parking, Will Tow".
A? Lesser of Two Evils, 5, 1p, 35', bolts.
B? Overflow Direct, 10-, 1p, 40', bolts.
C? Thinning the Herd, 9, 1p, 40', bolts.
D. The Pussy , 11+, 1p, 85', bolts & pin.
ED? Unknown, 6 or 8 PG-13, 1p, 70 or 140', gear & bolts or TR.
F. Reno Rampage, 7 PG-13, 1p, 105', gear.
G. Skimbleshanks, 8-, 1p, 130', bolts.
H. Summer Fling , 9+, 1p, 120', bolts.
I. Old Deuteronomy, 9, 1p, 100', bolts.
J. Mungajerry, 9, 1p, 100', bolts.
K. Rumple Teaser, 10-, 1p, 100', bolts.
L. Mr. Mistoffeles, 9, 1p, 110', bolts.
M. Gumby Cat, 4, 1p, 60', bolts.
M+. Jellicle Cats, 9, 1p, 140', bolts.
N. Crystal Cat, 9, 1p, 120', bolts.
O. MacCavity, 9, 1p, 120', bolts.
above O. Kitty's Back, 13-, 1p, 150', bolts +/- gear.
P1. Grizabella, 7, 1p, 95', bolts.
P2. Catlong, 13-, 1p, 150', bolts.
Q. Gus, 10, 1p, 90', bolts.
R. Nasty Kat, 9, 1p, 50', bolts.
A1. Above O. Top Cat, 14-, 1p, bolts.
A2. Above O. Kitty's Back, 13-, 1p, bolts.
B1. Above P. Catlong, 13, 1p, bolts.
B2. Above P. Rum Tum Tugger, 11, 1p, 80', bolts.
Classic Climbing Routes at The Catslab
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