Description

The Ruckman Cave is one of the most popular walls in Rifle. It is home to classic lines such as Beer Run (5.13a), Street Knowledge (5.12a), Pinch Fest (5.12b), and In Your Face (5.12d). Many of the routes end under the large roof, although a few take on this feature, or climb the steep wall to either side. The wall houses a couple of Rifle warm-ups on the right side of the large roof. It has solid climbing with some terrific features. Check out Pinch Fest for some of the most amazing natural holds I have ever seen. The cave gets morning sun, so it is a good place on cold days, but wait until evening for hot ones.

Getting There

There is a large (8) car parking pull out 1.3 miles into the canyon, directly across from the Meat Wall. Park here, and walk across the wooden plank bridge, then follow the trail 20-30 feet to get to the wall. This trail leads directly to Pinch Fest.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Ruckman Cave

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 64
Nessun Dorma
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
 24
Bloody Corner
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 90
Pellet Gun
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 134
Choss Family Robinson
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 43
Red Dawn
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 40
Bolt Action
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 50
Return to Sender (aka Cap-gun)
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 172
Pinch Fest
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 89
Street Knowledge
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 53
Loose Cannon
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 40
Noble Wife
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 40
The Promise
Sport
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
 30
Extended Family
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 41
In Your Face
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 45
Beer Run
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Nessun Dorma
 64
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Bloody Corner
 24
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R Sport
Pellet Gun
 90
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Choss Family Robinson
 134
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Red Dawn
 43
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Bolt Action
 40
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Return to Sender (aka Cap-gun)
 50
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Pinch Fest
 172
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Street Knowledge
 89
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Loose Cannon
 53
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Noble Wife
 40
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Promise
 40
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Extended Family
 30
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
In Your Face
 41
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Beer Run
 45
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
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Jeff Welch
Denver, CO
Jeff Welch   Denver, CO
I left a gray Eastern Mountain Sports hoody in the Ruckman Cave this afternoon, near the base of Street Knowledge and Head Full of Lead. Unfortunately I won't be able to get back to Rifle for about a week. I would really like to get it back if you happen to find it, will happily provide a 12er of your choice. Aug 5, 2009
Kevin Hadfield
New Castle, CO
Kevin Hadfield   New Castle, CO
!!Jerk Alert!!!

Somebody has cleaned my draws off of Head Full of Lead.

To whom has stolen my draws, they are not yours. They have been donated to the walls of this canyon not your gear closet.

Please return them to Summit Canyon Mountaineering, no questions asked. Jun 8, 2013
Sully
Grand Junction CO
Sully   Grand Junction CO
Left a pair of blues shades at Ruckman's the other day, and they were not there when I returned the next day. If you have the, I would really like them back. Thanks

-Sullyt Jun 25, 2013
Peter J. Beyel
Glenwood Springs
Peter J. Beyel   Glenwood Springs
If you left a rope at the Ruckman, message me with the description of rope/bag. I have it safe in Glenwood & would love to get it to its rightful owner. Jun 9, 2014