Elevation: 7,408 ft
GPS: 40.437, -105.312 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: allen simons on Jan 24, 2005
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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Description

Palisade Mountain is the same mountain that Nancy's Rock (a.k.a. Rio Bravo and Cyclop's Slab), Becker Wall, and Skull Rock are located on. This is a huge mountain with some established routes and possibilities for 100s of other routes. Many slabs and crack systems exist. With the exception of Nancy's Rock, everything requires steep approaches and navigating through difficult rock bands, pine needles, and vegetation. The rock here is however very solid and potential for multi-pitch routes exist. There are some brief descriptions in the Estes Park Valley Guide by Bernard Gillett, but locating these routes is difficult in reality and even more difficult to explain.

Getting There

Palisade Mountain is located on US Highway 34 west of Loveland. From the Beige Siphon tube in the Narrows it is 6 miles, just a mile short of the town of Drake. The mountain is the obvious rocky crag hundreds of feet up the north side of the road. Park in the paved lot at Nancy's Rock and start on that trail. After 100 feet break off right and trail blaze up and right. I recently discovered some quartz cairns midway marking a pseudo trail.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Palisade Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 16
Borachone
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 13
Chance
Trad, Sport, TR
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 10
Glue Factory
Trad
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 3
Ponyboy Arete
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 9
Pearly Burly Brooke
Trad 2 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
The Middle Man
Trad
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
Sea Biscuit
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 14
Neighsayer
Trad 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 9
Kentucky Derby
Trad
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
Eagle's Beak
Trad 4 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 6
Breeder's Cup
Trad 2 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
Funky Gold Patina
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 4
The Temple
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 5
Tijuana Donkey Show
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 4
Annie's Knotty Fingers
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Borachone Nancy's Rock
 16
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Chance Nancy's Rock
 13
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport, TR
Glue Factory Horseshead
 10
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Ponyboy Arete Horseshead
 3
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Trad
Pearly Burly Brooke Jewel of the Nile Wall
 9
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
The Middle Man Skull Rock Area > Subskull
 4
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Sea Biscuit Horseshead
 4
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Neighsayer Horseshead
 14
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Kentucky Derby Horseshead
 9
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Eagle's Beak Horseshead
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad 4 pitches
Breeder's Cup Horseshead
 6
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Funky Gold Patina Horseshead
 3
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Sport 2 pitches
The Temple Skull Rock Area > Skull Rock
 4
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Tijuana Donkey Show Horseshead
 5
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Annie's Knotty Fingers Mikey's Island
 4
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
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