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Elevation: 7,408 ft 2,258 m
GPS: 40.43666, -105.31171
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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 Suggest change

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
 21
Borachone
Sport
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 17
Chance
Trad, Sport, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 17
Glue Factory
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 13
These Ol' Bones
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 20
Pearly Burly Brooke
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 12
Channel Surfing
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 13
The Middle Man
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 27
Neighsayer
Trad 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 16
Kentucky Derby
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 9
Breeder's Cup
Trad 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 12
The Temple
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 10
TDS
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 8
The Distriminator
Trad
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 10
Annie's Knotty Fingers
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 4
Pokey's Arete
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Borachone Nancy's Rock
 21
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Chance Nancy's Rock
 17
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, Sport, TR
Glue Factory Horseshead
 17
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
These Ol' Bones Skull Rock Area > Subskull
 13
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Pearly Burly Brooke Jewel of the Nile Wall
 20
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Channel Surfing Skull Rock Area > Subskull
 12
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
The Middle Man Skull Rock Area > Subskull
 13
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Neighsayer Horseshead
 27
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Kentucky Derby Horseshead
 16
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Breeder's Cup Horseshead
 9
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad 2 pitches
The Temple Skull Rock Area > Skull Rock
 12
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
TDS Horseshead
 10
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Trad
The Distriminator Mikey's Island
 8
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Annie's Knotty Fingers Mikey's Island
 10
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Pokey's Arete Horseshead
 4
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
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