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Elevation: 5,713 ft
GPS: 39.7525, -105.22599
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Introduction Suggest change

Golden, Colorado is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, only fifteen minutes from the heart of Denver but a world apart. Golden is home of the internationally recognized Colorado School of Mines the Coors Brewery where the factory "short tour" is always welcomed at the end of the day after climbing in the sun drenched walls of North Table Mountain. Also, the American Alpine Club and its amazing climbing library is located on 10th St just E of Washington. It is an splendid resource for climbers!

Clear Creek Canyon and North Table Mountain/Golden Cliffs are definitely the most popular climbing areas. North Table Mt, in particular, is popular as an after work venue with the Denver crew, with its fast and easy access and late afternoon sun.

In addition, there are other less-well-known crags in the general area like Lookout Mt Crag, South Table Mt., the currently closed Ralston Buttes, Golden Gate Canyon SP, among others.

Getting There Suggest change

Golden is located West of Denver and is easily reached from the West, East, North and South.

Map of Golden

Resources

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If you are looking for eats, there is an excellent Middle Eastern restaurant, Ali Babba's, located E of CO Hwy 93, just north of US 6 with tasty "sandwiches." There is Woody's Pizza, located on the E side of Washington St, right next to a great climbing shop, Bent Gate. Good selection of beer, tasty margarita, a reasonable salad bar and unlimited pizza for <$9. See if you can beat the record of 32 slices of pizza in a meal. The Table Mt Inn has good, if more upscale, food and drinks. There is also Taj Masala at 17211 S. Golden Rd for subcontinental cuisine.

Coors Brewery does offer a tour with samples. If you are short for time, ask to do the "short tour."

There is a fun kayak park located on the W end of Golden for those choosing cross-training and/or thermal cooling.

Climbing Gear Resources

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Bent Gate Mountaineering on Washington St. carries rock, bouldering, ice, and snow gear and is the closest gear shop in Golden.

Neptune Mountaineering (Table Mesa Shopping Center). It is the oldest climbing shop in Boulder and has a great selection of gear and a knowledgeable staff. Thursday night slide shows are often with world-famous climbers. Check out their climbing museum: photos and climbing memorabilia from all over the world, including Edmund Hillary's boots, and a photo of Gaston Rebuffat running it out with just a hemp rope tied around his waist!

Rock and Resole was originally primarily a rock and ice boot resoler. As of 2017, they have become an "outfitter" carrying shoes, tools, aid gear, bouldering gear, cams, and ropes.

REI, a long time outdoor co-op, located in various locations including Denver, Boulder, and Westminster, carries rock, snow, and ice gear.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Golden

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 305
Guppy
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 1,151
Playin' Hooky
Sport 4 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 634
Curvaceous
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 369
Hanging Judge
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 262
Howdy Doody Time
Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 661
Walking With A Ghost
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 235
Skippin' Stones
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 450
Wet Dream
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 316
Dia de Los Muertos
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 244
Slammer
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 254
The Reward aka Convicted Felon
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 270
The Great Escape
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 294
Fission aka Ken T'ank
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 400
Ten-Digit Dialing
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 158
Anarchitect
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Guppy Clear Creek Canyon > Creek Side
 305
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Playin' Hooky Clear Creek Canyon > Creek Side
 1,151
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 4 pitches
Curvaceous Clear Creek Canyon > Wall of the '90s
 634
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Hanging Judge Clear Creek Canyon > Wall of Justice
 369
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Howdy Doody Time Golden Gate Can… > Dude's Throne
 262
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Walking With A Ghost Clear Creek Canyon > Canal Zone
 661
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Skippin' Stones Clear Creek Canyon > Crystal Tower
 235
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Wet Dream Clear Creek Canyon > Wall of the '90s
 450
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Dia de Los Muertos Clear Creek Canyon > Graveyard
 316
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Slammer Clear Creek Canyon > Wall of Justice
 244
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Reward aka Convicted Felon Clear Creek Canyon > Monkey House
 254
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Great Escape Clear Creek Canyon > Wall of Justice
 270
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport
Fission aka Ken T'ank Clear Creek Canyon > Armory
 294
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Ten-Digit Dialing Clear Creek Canyon > Wall of the '90s
 400
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Anarchitect Clear Creek Canyon > Anarchy Wall
 158
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
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