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Routes in Independence Wall

Campaign Trail S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Fat Democrat S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Independence Day S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Lady Liberty S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Party Line S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Right To Be Wrong S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Rock the Vote S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Willie's Wonder-Goo S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
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This is a smaller crag with a handful of short, moderate, bolted routes in CCC. It is located on the West side of Tunnel 3. There are shared anchors for these routes. This is probably a crag for those seeking shade or desiring to fill out their wanderings within the canyon. The routes themselves are still shedding a bit. The slope below the crag remains somewhat loose and a challenge for a clean belay.

In Darren Mabe's excellent guidebook, he gives this crag no stars. However, I would have done the same based on my original visit; however, the rock has cleaned up enough to make it worth a trip and 0.8 stars.

You can get a cell phone signal here.


From Golden, drive west on US 6 up canyon just past the 3rd tunnel. Park on its West side, as for Anarchy Wall. Beware of causing accidents, since non-climbers won't expect folks to slow here. Hike up along the South or right side of the tunnel on a path uphill to the crag perhaps 50-100 feet from the rock. The slope just below the crag is quite loose and can be ascended, but then you might moan about it needing a trail. Note, there are bighorn sheep wandering this terrain. Some of them will even knock rocks onto the road.

Note, you could approach it from the east, just east of Tunnel 3, but that is less pleasant.

Routes L->R:

A. Independence Day, 9+, 1p, 25', bolts.
BA. Rock the Vote,9+, 1p, 30', bolts.
C. Campaign Trail, 10+, 1p, 35', bolts.
DC. Lady Liberty, 11-, 1p, 35', bolts.
E. Party Line, 10+, 1p, 40', bolts.
FE. Fat Democrat, 11, 1p, 40', bolts.
G. Right To Be Wrong, 11 1p, 50', bolts.

A-G. Willie's Wonder-Goo, 10+, 1p, 60', bolts.

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The trail sucks, and there is still a lot of loose rock on the routes. I don't know how to resolve the trail issue, but I suggest that anyone climbing here not be afraid of doing a bit of route cleaning (bring appropriate tools). Once the loose stuff is gone, I suspect these may be quite decent routes, or at least viable alternatives for those who get suckered into going to the Anarchy Wall but can't even TR 12s. Oct 7, 2002
The Independence Wall is actually just after tunnel 2, not 3, as the description indicates, facing Anarchy Wall across the river. Jun 1, 2008
Derek Lawrence   Bailey

I'm not sure what wall you are thinking of but Independence Wall IS as described above (just uphill from Anarchy on the west side of tunnel 3...). Jun 1, 2008
Denver, CO
monkeyvanya   Denver, CO
The wall is basically the north face of Anarchy crag.
Routes have fun moves, but the rock feels a little fragile, although nothing broke on me. Actually that makes climbing only more interesting.
The only really bad thing about the crag is that all belay spots are on steep loose slope. It's impossible to keep your rope out of the dirt as it will slide off of rope bag. If anyone is going there, please bring a shovel and make a flat belay spot for one route. It's faster than washing a rope afterwards. I'm gonna do it myself next time I am there. It will bring the quality of the crag a full star up and will make excellent warm up for Anarchy. May 2, 2012
Mike Morin
Glen, NH
Mike Morin   Glen, NH
Hey doze,

Please don't take it upon yourself to initiate improvements at crags on Open Space lands. We are initiating a Trails Co-op volunteer program in Jefferson County where there will be an opportunity for interested members of the climbing community to get trained to do trail work at crags on Open Space lands. The program is in its infancy, and I would encourage you to come to our kick off meeting tonight at 5:30 PM to learn how you can contribute. The meeting will be held at the Open Space offices at:

700 Jefferson County Pkwy, Suite 100
Golden, CO
The Ponderosa Room (Main Entrance)

Again, please don't initiate any improvements without them being sanctioned by Open Space. Rogue trail work is not looked upon in a positive light by land managers and does not further our cause in terms of access, and being viewed as a responsible user group.


Mike Morin
Outdoor Recreation Management Coordinator
Jefferson County Open Space May 2, 2012
Jay Samuelson
Denver CO
Jay Samuelson   Denver CO
I climbed the routes at this crag yesterday and must say I was surprised at the quality and mostly solid rock we climbed on. Sure there are some loose bits here and there, but overall these routes have cleaned up decently well and were fun. I would also say they mostly seemed like 5.10s, not 5.11s, so maybe some things have broken or cleaned off and offered better holds to work with. Like others have stated, the belay spots can be a bit tricky but managable. Not a classic destination but not nearly as bad as some have made it seem, I was glad to have finally gone up the hill and done these ones. May 27, 2013
Denver, Colorado
ficknerg   Denver, Colorado
Had a pretty good time here today. The rock was much better quality than old comments might lead one to believe. The belays are a bit of a hassle, but you won't deal with crowds or midday sun, and you still get to complain about something. Climbed routes from left to right and found difficulty and quality to increase as you go. I'd call Right to be Wrong the wall's best. Capps' guide says shade all day, and this was not our experience. Most of the routes (and all the belays) were in the sun until 11:00am. Jul 8, 2018

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