Use onX Backcountry to explore the terrain in 3D, view recent satellite imagery, and more. Now available in onX Backcountry Mobile apps! For more information see this post.
Elevation: 6,400 ft 1,951 m
GPS: 39.74153, -105.25962
Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 17,706 total · 62/month
Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Warning Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures/CDOT Road Work DetailsDrop down
Warning Access Issue: 2016 Raptor Closures DetailsDrop down

Description Suggest change

In many respects The Stumbling Block is a terrific crag, if only the approach were more user friendly. The routes face South and South-East, so the crag does well in the summer months, and can be quite cool in the winter. The rock is exceptional by Clear Creek standards being very, very solid. Presently, there are enough routes to keep a party busy for a day, but there is [not much] moderate in place. What it does have, however, are some of the best routes in Clear Creek Canyon.

Getting There Suggest change

About a quarter of a mile upstream after leaving tunnel one, the road takes a curve to the right. At just this point, look uphill to the right, the North side of the canyon. The Stumbling Block is the crag on the right boasting a gorgeous yellow wall. Park on the South side and find a rough drainage with a steep trail. The trail heads directly uphill for several hundred yards before cutting due West to the crag. Be ever vigilant. Anything that you kick off the trail will hit the road. The whole slope is steep and still has a fair amount scree lying around.

L->R:

Suggest change

A. Gneiss Coverage, 11, 1p, gear.

B. Unknown 1, 6, 1p, 50', gear.

C. Sabaki, 11, 1p, 40', gear.

above E. Decoletage, 12, 1p, 70', bolts.

near E. 1979 Chimney/dihedral, gear.

D. Unknown 2, 7, 1p, 50', gear.

E. FP Chimney, 7, 1p, 60', TR.

F. Naked Kill, 12+ R, 1p, gear & bolts.

G. Razor Blade Titillation, 11+, 1p, 70', bolts & gear.

H1. Battle's End, 12+, 1p, 80', gear & bolts.

H2. Lips Against the Steel, 11, 1p, 90', bolts & gear.

I. Fickle Finger of Fate, 8 X, 1p.

Above The Stumblinb Block - 2 pinnacles

Pinnacle 1, 1p, gear. (1970s-80s)

Pinnacle 2, 1p, gear. (1970s-80s)

9 Total Climbs

Route Finder - Best Climbs for YOU!

Location: The Stumbling Block Change
Type:  to 
Quality:
Pitches:
Sort by:   then:
 

Classic Climbing Routes at The Stumbling Block

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 18
Razor Blade Titillation
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 4
Decoletage
Trad
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 8
Battle's End
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b R
 15
Naked Kill
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Razor Blade Titillation
 18
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Decoletage
 4
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Trad
Battle's End
 8
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
Naked Kill
 15
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b R Trad
More Classic Climbs in The Stumbling Block »

Sun & Shade Suggest change

Weather Averages

High
 
Low
 
Precip
 
Days w Precip
 
Prime Climbing Season
J F M A M J J A S O N D
J F M A M J J A S O N D

Photos

loading