Elevation: 6,400 ft
GPS: 39.742, -105.26 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures Details
Access Issue: 2016 Raptor Closures Details

Description

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

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:

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

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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
 15
Razor Blade Titillation
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 4
Decoletage
Sport
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 6
Battle's End
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b R
 10
Naked Kill
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Razor Blade Titillation
 15
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Decoletage
 4
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Battle's End
 6
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
Naked Kill
 10
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b R Trad
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