Elevation: 6,400 ft
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Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Dec 31, 2000
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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. Naked Kill, 12+ R, 1p, gear & bolts.
F. Razor Blade Titillation, 11+, 1p, 70', bolts & gear.
G1. Battle's End, 12+, 1p, 80', gear & bolts.
G2. Lips Against the Steel, 11, 1p, 90', bolts & gear.

H. 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)

8 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
 12
Razor Blade Titillation
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 3
Decoletage
Sport
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 3
Battle's End
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b R
 8
Naked Kill
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Razor Blade Titillation
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5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Decoletage
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5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Battle's End
 3
5.12c/d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Naked Kill
 8
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b R Trad
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Jason Kaplan
Glenwood ,Co
Jason Kaplan   Glenwood ,Co
Anyone climbed the 10+ OW that I saw in the new guidebook? How is it and what is to be expected? Sep 8, 2008
Casey Bernal
Wheat Ridge, CO
Casey Bernal   Wheat Ridge, CO
You mean this:

"Crack a Beer" on the Bumbling Stock formation Sep 8, 2008
Jason Kaplan
Glenwood ,Co
Jason Kaplan   Glenwood ,Co
Looks like that could be it, where about is that located in the canyon? Looks like a lot of big gear hu? Sep 9, 2008
Darren Mabe
Flagstaff, AZ
Darren Mabe   Flagstaff, AZ
Jason, just posted.... Sep 10, 2008
Jay Eggleston
Denver
Jay Eggleston   Denver
It says in the description that there is nothing "moderate" at the Stumbling Block. This is not true. There is a 5.6 and a 5.7. They are short, but they are moderate. Sep 14, 2013
Mike Bannister 1
Dillon, Colorado
Mike Bannister 1   Dillon, Colorado
I've only been up here once, but the approach gully with two aspens next to the road was significantly more solid, safer, and more enjoyable than the dirty, loose gully to the left. Oct 18, 2015