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, Tyler KC

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.
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 6
These Ol' Bones
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 11
Pearly Burly Brooke
Trad 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
Channel Surfing
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 9
The Middle Man
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 20
Neighsayer
Trad 2 pitches
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 10
Kentucky Derby
Trad
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13
 6
Breeder's Cup
Trad 2 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 3
Oh Wilbur
Trad
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 3
Funky Gold Patina
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 8
The Temple
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 8
Annie's Knotty Fingers
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 7
Tijuana Donkey Show
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 3
Vulgar Display of Power
Trad 2 pitches
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 5
The Distriminator
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 3
Pokey's Arete
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
These Ol' Bones Skull Rock Area > Subskull
 6
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Pearly Burly Brooke Jewel of the Nile Wall
 11
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad 2 pitches
Channel Surfing Skull Rock Area > Subskull
 5
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
The Middle Man Skull Rock Area > Subskull
 9
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Neighsayer Horseshead
 20
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad 2 pitches
Kentucky Derby Horseshead
 10
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Breeder's Cup Horseshead
 6
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13 Trad 2 pitches
Oh Wilbur Horseshead
 3
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad
Funky Gold Patina Horseshead
 3
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad, Sport 2 pitches
The Temple Skull Rock Area > Skull Rock
 8
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Annie's Knotty Fingers Mikey's Island
 8
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Tijuana Donkey Show Horseshead
 7
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Vulgar Display of Power Temple of Tao
 3
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad 2 pitches
The Distriminator Mikey's Island
 5
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad
Pokey's Arete Horseshead
 3
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad
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