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Elevation: 7,496 ft 2,285 m
GPS: 39.71049, -107.69133
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Description Suggest change

The Lower Tier is the wall/walls immediately down-canyon of the Skull Cave. The climbing here is "slabbier" than other areas at Rifle, but the stone is an interesting blend of white and blue rock with funky spikes, swirls, and undercut bulge features that make for puzzling climbing.

The left sector sits directly above the parking area, and has two routes facing the road (scramble up onto a ledge to start). The right sector is back along a litte trail leading into the trees and faces downcanyon (west-ish). The Lower Tier is one of the sunniest crags in Rifle -- if you're trying these routes in the summer, you'll have until about 1 pm until the sun comes around.

Getting There Suggest change

Park in the two car pull-out just below (downcanyon) from the Skull Cave _this parking area is directly across the road from Merry Maids -- an obvious, left-leaning inset corner with blue and white rock -- on the Ice Cave Walls. Alternately, park at the bigger lot at the Wasteland and walk back up the road (3-5 minutes).

14 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Lower Tier

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 20
The Journey
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 78
Requiem
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 23
Neo-Nazi Dinner Date
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 19
Mike and Tate
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 25
The Other Side
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 23
Rigor Mortis
Sport
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 20
Eulogy
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 13
Music for the Dead
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 6
Procession
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 9
Chicken Soup
Sport
5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c
 7
Cowboys From Hell
Sport
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a
 4
Cemetery Gates
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Journey Upper Tier
 20
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Requiem S Facing
 78
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Neo-Nazi Dinner Date W Facing
 23
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Mike and Tate W Facing
 19
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
The Other Side W Facing
 25
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Rigor Mortis W Facing
 23
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Eulogy W Facing
 20
5.13a/b 8a 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Sport
Music for the Dead S Facing
 13
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Procession S Facing
 6
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Chicken Soup S Facing
 9
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Sport
Cowboys From Hell S Facing
 7
5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c Sport
Cemetery Gates S Facing
 4
5.13d 8b 31 X 32 E8 7a Sport
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