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Best crag up here? The Olympic Wall is rather well sported out (bolted), although a small rack of cams is probably highly advised since these lines were bolted with the expectation that if you could place gear, then you should. Expect a bit more 5.11, some 5.10, and a slew of mid to low end 5.12 than you will find on Outrageous Overhang. Flat out killers are: False Start on the right, Standing Eight Count, and One Strike - all about 12a. The longish hump, 25 minutes or so, will keep the crowds down, but with good sun, solid stone, and well crafted routes, OW is very hard to beat.

Getting There

Follow directions to Second Grotto Wall and hike back East for 300 to 400 feet. A faint trail leads off left and up hill. Pass by the Outrageous Overhang and the Thin-Dependence crag. As the "trail" turns back East to parallel the road, you will come to the Opening Ceremony Wall which has a couple of really nice routes on it. The Olympic Wall is the big guy just to the right.

Per Jeff Welch: The directions here are a bit unclear. You park at the same lot as the Grotto Walls, but you do not hike towards them. Instead, walk up the highway (east) 300-400 yards to a thin trail up the embankment on the left. This trail was marked with a small cairn as of 8/4/07 [cairn still exists, 2013]. From there, follow the directions above - the trails goes up and left past Outrageous Overhangs, Thindependence, and Junior Olympic Wall before reaching the Opening Ceremony and Olympic Walls.

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Jeff Welch
Denver, CO
Jeff Welch   Denver, CO
The directions here are a bit unclear. You park at the same lot as the Grotto Walls, but you do not hike towards them. Instead, walk up the highway (east) 300-400 yards to a thin trail up the embankment on the left. This trail was marked with a small cairn as of 8/4/07. From there, follow the directions above - the trails goes up and left past Outrageous Overhangs, Thindependence, and Junior Olympic Wall before reaching the Opening Ceremony and Olympic Walls. Aug 6, 2007