Elevation: 7,200 ft
GPS: 39.744, -105.408 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Nate Weitzel on Oct 26, 2001
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

This formation is another good section of Clear Creek rock offering some good routes in the 5.11-5.12 range as well as a couple 5.10 routes. The climbing here tends to be overhanging and powerful. The area is rather new so there is a bit of loose rock on the routes, however all the big stuff has been cleaned off. All the routes here are well bolted and have bomber anchors at the top. The routes vary from 60 feet to 80 feet in height. A general comment on the Clear Creek guidebook for the area. The ratings for these climbs were published after only a few ascents, and there is some discussion about the true ratings of the routes. Also, there has been a lot of new activity on the rock and there is almost double the routes that are found in the Clear Creek guidebook.

L->R:

A. Snoopy, 9+, 1p, 95', bolts.
BA. Li'l Snoopy, 8, 1p, 95', bolts.
B. Li'l Dog, 11-, 1p, 90', bolts.
CD. Black Dog, 9+, 1p, 75', bolts.
D. Dog Breath, 10, 1p, 75', bolts.
E. Hot Dog, 11, 1p, bolts.
F. Fiddler on the Woof, 12-, 1p, bolts.
GH. The Runt of the Litter, 12+, 1p, 65', bolts.
H. Mighty Dog, 12, 1p, bolts.
IH. Bigger Dog, 13-, 1p, 70', bolts.
I. Big Dog, 12, 1p, bolts.
JI. Big Dog Run, 12, 1p, 70', bolts.
J. Dog Run, 12, 1p, bolts.
JK. Run Underdog, 12, 1p, 70', bolts.
K. The Underdog, 12, 1p, 70', bolts.

Getting There

Drive up Clear Creek Canyon as for Catslab, taking the left fork when you get to the Central City fork. Park at the pullout just beyond tunnel 5. Look up and to the north side of the road to see this very overhung formation. Walk across the bridge and up the steep hillside via any of the small trails. Watch out for cactus everywhere. There is a nice flat belay area at the base of the rock. This area receives lots of sun and is an excellent winter crag. Summer is likely to be very hot at this formation.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Dog House

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 80
Li'l Snoopy
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 143
Snoopy
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 168
Black Dog
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 199
Dog Breath
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 137
Li'l Dog
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 222
Hot Dog
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 69
Fiddler on the Woof
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 110
Big Dog
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 60
Mighty Dog
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 5
The Runt of the Litter
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 9
Bigger Dog
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Li'l Snoopy
 80
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Snoopy
 143
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Black Dog
 168
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Dog Breath
 199
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Li'l Dog
 137
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Hot Dog
 222
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Fiddler on the Woof
 69
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Big Dog
 110
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Mighty Dog
 60
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
The Runt of the Litter
 5
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Bigger Dog
 9
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
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This photo is a bit misleading. There are _2_ routes on the far left side that share anchors, and are around 5.10/5.10+ respectively. THEN there's a 5.11 that goes up a slab to the _right_ side of the crack that the 10+ climbs, and then shoots off right through the overhang to an independent anchor. Finally, (this is the left side only) there's the massively manufactured route that goes out right on 2 drilled jugs to a low anchor. The #2 shown in the photo is really a sort of amalgam of both the 5.11 and the drilled route. Maybe another photoshop session is in order?

Note that I'm in no way bashing Quinn for the photo. I imagine a route got added at some point, which is what's confusing matters. Nov 24, 2001
I'd agree with you about the ratings on the leftmost routes, Walt. IMO the far left is a good 10a--maybe a star or two. The next in from that is 10b/c with 2-3 stars....fun and pumpy. Seems like the upper half of the b/c might have been added after the fact, what with the midway anchors and slight runout from the ledge. Not too bad a clip if you cheat a little left and have an above average ape index. Straight up the chalked crimpers would be considerably harder..and pretty balsey. Anyway...they're good routes and give the weekend warriors..like me...a chance to get up something on the Dog House. Mar 17, 2002
mtoensing
Boulder
mtoensing   Boulder
NEW ROUTE ON the left side of the crag. Saw the guy drilling on the left side today. I can't wait to try but should be a great route. Feb 25, 2006
Lost Chalk Bag - Was climbing here on 4/21/09 and left my new chalk bag at the crag. Please let me know if you have it. I would make it worth your while to return. Thanks in advance, Brian. Apr 27, 2009
Kai Huang
Aurora, CO
Kai Huang   Aurora, CO
Don't have your chalk bag, but GO GATORS! Apr 27, 2009
Rhonda
Golden, CO
Rhonda   Golden, CO
Does anyone know anything about the upper pitch routes? Looks like there's a second pitch above the .11 and maybe the .12a. Definitely anchors up there. Jan 16, 2010
Fidi N.
Iowa City
Fidi N.   Iowa City
A little unlikely, but I left a silver hydro flask at the Dog House. If anyone found it and has any interest in returning it, my number is 3196216919.
Thanks! Will give a reward :D Apr 30, 2017
Dave Meyers
Evergreen, CO
Dave Meyers   Evergreen, CO
If you left a backpack "up" at the Dog House, contact me, and I'll get it back to you. Feb 18, 2018