Elevation: 8,158 ft
GPS: 38.938, -105.406 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
Page Views: 54,500 total · 238/month
Shared By: Dan Mottinger on Sep 10, 2001 with improvements by cyclestupor
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures January 1- July 31st Details

Description

Arch Rock is one of the more prominent rocks in Elevinmile Canyon, 4 miles up the road. A short approach will lead you to a slurry of fine moderate sport and trad climbs. The "sport" routes are typical of South Platte climbing, often mixed sport and trad, and hosting long runouts on easier terrain. Descent: The Routes can be descended from the top by heading to the SOUTH side of the rock and going down easier gullys and slopes past the dome. Expect morning shade, and afternoon sun.

Many classics abound including, the two pitch 5.5 trad adventure: "The Staircase."

Getting There

This fine rock is 4 miles up the canyon and is easy to identify. Look for a dome with a series of unique grooves towards the north end. There are several turnoffs to park at below the crag.

Per cyclestupor: Arch rock is the huge unmistakable dome 3.8 miles from the pay station. It is directly north (downstream) of the foot bridge parking area on the east side of the road. so if you see the footbridge or if you go through a tunnel you went too far. There is parking on the west side of the road behind the big boulder, or a small pull in on the east side of the road upstream of the boulder. Be prepared to scramble up hill.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Arch Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
 199
The Staircase
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 133
Hollow Flake
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 24
Middle Dihedral
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 28
Waiting on the Staircase aka Unk…
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 16
Zendance
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 21
Middle Meanie Crack
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
Fun-E Face
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 4
Duck Face
Sport
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 32
Waiting for Staircase 1-3
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 52
Mighty Young Joe aka Captain Fist
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 44
Arch Rock Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 35
Kansas Honey
Trad, TR 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 6
Greetings from Butchers Hill
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 24
Persistence
Sport
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 52
Zamboni Man
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Staircase
 199
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
Hollow Flake
 133
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Middle Dihedral
 24
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Waiting on the Staircase ak…
 28
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport, TR
Zendance
 16
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Sport
Middle Meanie Crack
 21
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Fun-E Face
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Duck Face
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Waiting for Staircase 1-3
 32
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport
Mighty Young Joe aka Captai…
 52
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Arch Rock Route
 44
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Kansas Honey
 35
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR 3 pitches
Greetings from Butchers Hill
 6
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Persistence
 24
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Zamboni Man
 52
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
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