Elevation: 7,300 ft
GPS: 39.74, -105.415 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
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Description

The Crystal Tower is substantially taller than Primo and presently hosts seven fine climbs including the best moderate warm-up in the area. The rock is typical of Clear Creek Canyon with none of the occasional soft rock found in some places. A bit of pegmatite can be found here and there on most routes. Presently, all of the routes can be done with a 60 m rope.

Getting There

From The Primo Wall, just continue hiking East. The Crystal Tower is approximately 100 feet East of the last routes on Primo Wall just after a grassy drainage. There is frequently a Tyrolean Traverse set up just below The Crystal Tower. Unfortunately, like most Clear Creek Tyroleans, those that access Primo, The Crystal Tower, The Armory, and the new crag above The Armory - are frequently chopped. So, approach The Crystal Tower as you would for Primo, via the long hike from the bridge or via the Tyrolean. One can usually see the Tyrolean from the parking across the river from Primo.

L->R:

A. Psychedelic Mini-Fridge , 10, 1p, bolts.
B. Mineral Museum, 9+, 75', 1p, bolts.
C. Quartz Sports, 12, 1p, 80', bolts.
D. Hot Rocks, 12, 1p, bolts.
E. Skippin' Stones, 11, 1p, 65', bolts.
F. Hot Rocks, 12, 1p, 80', bolts.
G. Cornered Again, 11-, 1p, 70', bolts.
H. Crystallize, 12, 1p, 70', bolts.
I? Unknown, 1p, bolts.

7 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Crystal Tower

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 175
Mineral Museum
Trad, Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 33
Psychedelic Mini-Fridge
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 25
Cornered Again
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 133
Skippin' Stones
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 49
Quartz Sports
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 8
Hot Rocks
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Mineral Museum
 175
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport
Psychedelic Mini-Fridge
 33
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Cornered Again
 25
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Skippin' Stones
 133
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Quartz Sports
 49
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Hot Rocks
 8
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport
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