Elevation: 5,936 ft
GPS: 39.746, -105.25 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
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures & Rockfall Mitigation Project Details


The Sports Wall is an unlikely looking, but quite fine, West-facing crag. It sits a tad back of the tunnel entrance. There are at least three good bolted lines at 5.11 and 5.12 along with several moderate trad lines. For many years, The Sports Wall was frequently a climbers first introduction to Clear Creek, and most came away with the sense that Clear Creek was only for the hard core. While that is no longer true, The Sports Wall does not offer much for the moderate climber but a rather uninteresting 5.6 trad line on the left; lots better trad in Clear Creek. The main bolted lines, however, offer some fine tricky climbing on solid rock.

Getting There

From the intersection between CO 93 and CO 58 head West along Clear Creek. Park immediately after the first tunnel at 3/4 mi. There is very little room for parking, usually no more than a few cars. If things do get crowded, more parking can be had 1/4 mi ahead on the South side of the road. The Sports Wall is accessed from a trail that starts on the South side of the road, just where the guard rail begins.


A. Number 5 Crack, 8, 1p, 60-120', gear or TR.
B. Slabtastic, 8 PG-13, 1p, 60-120', gear or TR.
C. The Happiness of Pursuit, 10, 1p, bolts & gear.
D. Unknown, 8 PG-13, 1p, gear.
E. Unknown, 9-, 1p, gear.
FH. My Generation, 11, 1p, 70', bolts.
G. Happiness of Pursuit, 10 PG-13, 1p, 40', bolts & pin.
H. Generation Gap, 11-, 1p, 70', bolts.
HI. Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls, 12, 1p, 70', bolts +/- gear.
I. Balkan Dirt Diving, 12-, 1p, 80', gear & bolts.
J. Pet Semetary, 11, 1p, bolts.
K. Coffin Crack, 9, 1p, 83', gear.
LM. Rufus' Roof, 12, 1p, TR.
M. Olaf's Roof, 11 R, 1p, gear.
NM1. Rufus' Roof Variation, 10, 1p, gear.
NM2. Rufus' Roof Variation Variation, 1p.
O. Changing Corners Dihedral, 7, 1p, 65', gear or TR..
P. Beginner Sports, 5, 1p, 55', gear or TR.

Rattlesnake Alert!

Per Michael Underwood: there are often rattlesnakes here.

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Denver, CO
SteveZ   Denver, CO
Just a note on the approach...walk further than you would think on the big flat trail before turning uphill. Go past the wall to a noticeable trail heading up hill. It will take you to the right side of the wall. Jan 22, 2013
Dan S.
Red Feather Lakes, CO
Dan S.   Red Feather Lakes, CO
Today I noticed more anchors have been set while I was venturing at the top of this crag. Anchors were set at the top of Coffin Crack. Anchors were set 10 feet right of the Rufus' Roof Variation (see beta photo). Anchors were set about 30 feet to the right of Rufus' Roof Variation. I climbed the Rufus' Roof Variation up until the last 15 feet where I wandered right towards the anchors. Probably 5.6. If no one has claimed a name then I would like to call it the Rufus' Roof Variation Variation. Apr 6, 2014
Kevin Capps
Golden, CO
Kevin Capps   Golden, CO
Thanks for the beta photo. I added those much needed anchors over 2 years ago. Please enjoy clipping them :) Apr 7, 2014
Michael Underwood
Broomfield, CO
Michael Underwood   Broomfield, CO
One more note on the approach. I've ventured up to The Sports Wall about three times during summer months, and all three times I've nearly stepped on a rattlesnake. Keep a close watch on where you're putting your hands and feet! Jun 30, 2017