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Shared By: Richard M. Wright on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
Access Issue: Private Property issues Details

Description

Several years ago a group of hard-core radsters from Boulder and Denver went in search of steep rock and big numbers. They picked off two dozen lines at The Industrial Wall and the crags located above TIW proper. Colin Lantz, Steve LaPorta, Scott Fry, and several others added most of the routes. Many climbers in the Front Range drooled over the photograph of Colin Lantz on T. G. V., a route that overhung by 30 degrees, at least. Some of the most difficult climbing to be had close to Boulder can be found here, including at least two lines at 5.13d/14a. Fortunately for all of us gumbies, a few more moderate lines were established as well, although very little can be found below 5.12 on the main wall. The crags above hold several lines in the 5.10 and 5.11 range.

Getting to them requires scrambling to the right round the wall and close to the railroad tracks. A little more exposed scrambling leads up over TIW and into these crags. The rock on TIW is a bit atypical of Mickey Mouse Wall in general since the overhanging lines have kicked up a few good pocketed routes and a lot less of the sharp edges or crack systems typical of the rest of the wall. TIW faces due South and holds good sun for most of the day; however, since it is situated deep in the canyon, it can get chilly in the evenings when the sun is behind Eldorado Mountain. If you make the hump up to Mickey Mouse and you are looking for a little bear, then TIW is an excellent option, and if you are just looking for bear close to Boulder, you would be hard pressed to find anything better than TIW.

Getting There

The Industrial Wall is truly just the Southern tip of the Mickey Mouse Wall. As you hike up toward MMW, the overhanging wall on the right is The Industrial Wall.

Per Tank Evans: there is a well worn trail that bypasses the tunnel 6 that is much preferred than the old approach through the tunnel. The trail over adds maybe 5 minutes to the approach and is the RECOMMENDED APPROACH. See the Mickey Mouse Wall "Getting There" section for more details.

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Peter Beal
Boulder Colorado
Peter Beal   Boulder Colorado
Unfortunately, this cliff is subject to closures which make it very difficult to climb here when it would be prime--early spring. Also, dogs are not allowed here. Finally, a prudent attitude towards using the tunnels is highly recommended. It's only a matter of time before a serious accident happens. Oct 15, 2001
Richard M. Wright
Lakewood, CO
Richard M. Wright   Lakewood, CO
After over 20 years of humping these tunnels, I have yet to hear of a single accident. It usually does not require advanced thinking to be cautious in a long, dark train tunnel. Nov 2, 2001
Chris Dawson
Grand Junction, CO
Chris Dawson   Grand Junction, CO
Two things. As of right now, it appears that there is some work being done on the rails. As a result, there are a lot of Railroad Employees driving around the tracks doing various important things. These guys do not appreciate the site of a few climbers tramping around their "Private Property", and they will let you know it. It is advisable to avoid weekdays along the tracks for the time being lest we worsen the already poor access to this wonderful climbing area. Also, there is an incredible amount of poison ivy at the base of the crag. This wouldn't be that big a deal except that there isn't a trail through it, because what trail there was is grown over with weeds. My point is, that it might be wise to wear long pants and shoes for the hike. Aug 1, 2002
A couple of years ago, a friend and I attempted to avoid the train tracks altogether by doing a cross country approach east of the tracks.This ended up being fairly grueling - lots of hiking.

But the hike was only the beginning. The real difficulty came when we inadvertently entered private property that was patrolled by three HUGE Irish Wolfhounds. These dogs were chest high and non-appreciative regarding our accidental trespass - they backed us right off the property and I felt very fortunate not to be eaten.

I'll take my chances with the trains and railroad employees, thank you. Nov 12, 2003
It is important to be discrete when accessing the Wild West/West Bank or Mickey Mouse from the Plainview area. First, don't park at the Plainview railroad crossing. This is because it is a lot more obvious to sensitive residents that you are in the area and painfully obvious that you are walking on the tracks. It is much better to park a couple of hundred yards below the crossing on the last left hand switchback and walk due west through the Open Space to access the tracks beyond the maintenance yard and out of sight. It's also less obvious that you're climbing as a lot of people come to this area to walk their dogs along the roadway, etc.

Second, don't walk through the tunnel to get to the West Bank, Ridge One, etc. A well marked trail leads around the tunnel and it only takes about five minutes more than walking through the tunnel. This track has a lot more traffic than in years past with sometimes several trains per hour. There have been a lot of problems here before, so keep a low profile. Jan 27, 2004
Ken Cangi
Eldorado Springs, CO
Ken Cangi   Eldorado Springs, CO
Peter makes a good point about the tunnel, and it is an easy fix. There is no need to use tunnel 6. There is a well-groomed path that walks right over it. The consequences of taking the tunnel route, if you aren't very careful and have a low-profile pack, could be deadly, and it's illegal. Just don't do it. Getting your pack snagged on a passing train and being dragged like a rag doll won't do the climbing community any favors. I've been stuck in that tunnel twice with a train, and it's not fun. May 11, 2013
Please, please, please, DO NOT GO THROUGH THE TUNNEL to access Mickey Mouse or Industrial Wall. There is a well worn trail that bypasses the tunnel 6. I saw 3 separate parties this last weekend go through the tunnel, so I stopped by here and am flabbergasted that the recommended approach beta is still through this tunnel. The trail over adds maybe 5 minutes to the approach and is the RECOMMENDED APPROACH.

Going through the tunnel jeopardizes both the life of you and your party as well as continued access to the fantastic climbing that Mickey Mouse and Industrial Wall have to offer. I personally have been caught in the tunnel by the Amtrak years ago and know of countless other parties with the same experience. Listening to the tacks WILL NOT WORK for the Amtrak. It's only a matter of time....

Admins, PLEASE UPDATE THE APPROACH DESCRIPTION! This has not been the recommended approach for at least 5-6 years. Nov 12, 2018