Elevation: 6,297 ft
GPS: 39.931, -105.288 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Ben Mottinger on Dec 31, 2000 · Updates
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Description

H-E Ridge is a relatively hidden and quiet place somewhat like the West Ridge in shape, but it is smaller, with fewer quality lines, and a less desirable approach. Some very good routes do exist here but only a dozen or so. The pros are that it's not crowded (at all), shady, and protected by the wind and noise.

The cons are the approach, lack of lengthy routes, and good rock interspersed with lesser quality rock. Expect rather steep hike that ranges anywhere from 15-25 minutes.

Getting There

Hike as you would to Wind Tower all the way up the hill past the start for Wind Ridge to the point where one hits the downclimb trail. Don't head toward Wind Tower at this point. Instead, find the East Slabs descent trail on the west side of the gully (near Redgarden), and follow this up steep steps. Some scrambling is required to pass through a slot over a boulder on the east side of the gully a short ways after the start of the trail.

Continue on up vegetated gully until you see a prominent roof with a finger crack splitting it. Some fixed gear may be in the crack. This is basically the start of Hawk Eagle Ridge. To reach the upper sections, continue following the base of the ridge on the right side of the gully (the upper section isn't very visible from this vantage point). Some sections of the trail are loose, and steep so be careful in wet conditions.

Per Clint Locks: there's also a super-quick walk-off option that works for everything from "Howard Placebo" to "Peters Out". The walk-off meanders north then west, hugging the cliff, and deposits you right back at your packs.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Hawk-Eagle Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 59
Rush Buick
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 4
Russian Arete
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 3
Skip 'n' Go Naked
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 21
January Playmate
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
 6
Siberian Khatru
Trad, TR
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
 9
Werner Brothers' Roof
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Peters Out - Roof Variation
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 15
Die Heeda Rule
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5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 3
Dead On Arrival
Trad
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 21
Heart of Gold
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 9
Cinch Crack
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 4
Lips Like Sugar
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b X
 4
Last of a Dying Breed
Trad
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c R
 5
Grim Reaper
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Rush Buick
 59
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Russian Arete
 4
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad
Skip 'n' Go Naked
 3
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad
January Playmate
 21
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Siberian Khatru
 6
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13 Trad, TR
Werner Brothers' Roof
 9
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13 Trad
Peters Out - Roof Variation
 4
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Die Heeda Rule
 15
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Dead On Arrival
 3
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
Heart of Gold
 21
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Cinch Crack
 9
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
Lips Like Sugar
 4
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Last of a Dying Breed
 4
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b X Trad
Grim Reaper
 5
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c R Trad
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