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GPS: 38.93784, -105.40579
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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 Suggest change

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
 243
The Staircase
Trad 2 pitches
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 155
Hollow Flake
Trad
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 32
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
 15
Fun-E Face
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 12
Duck Face
Sport
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 27
Middle Meanie Crack
Trad
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 36
Waiting for Staircase 1-3
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 64
Mighty Young Joe aka Captain Fist
Trad
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 58
Arch Rock Route
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 39
Kansas Honey
Trad, TR 3 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 14
Greetings from Butchers Hill
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 28
Persistence
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 6
Pride of Sweden
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 62
Zamboni Man
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Staircase
 243
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad 2 pitches
Hollow Flake
 155
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Waiting on the Staircase ak…
 32
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport, TR
Zendance
 16
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Sport
Fun-E Face
 15
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Duck Face
 12
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Middle Meanie Crack
 27
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Waiting for Staircase 1-3
 36
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport
Mighty Young Joe aka Captai…
 64
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Arch Rock Route
 58
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
Kansas Honey
 39
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR 3 pitches
Greetings from Butchers Hill
 14
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Persistence
 28
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Pride of Sweden
 6
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Zamboni Man
 62
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
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