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Introduction

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

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

Map of Golden

Resources

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

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
 995
Playin' Hooky
Sport 4 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 282
Guppy
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 560
Curvaceous
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 402
Wet Dream
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 121
Solid Gold
Trad, Sport 5 pitches
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 166
Open Space Cowboy
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 214
Slammer
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 120
Peer Review
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 243
The Great Escape
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 99
Bone Collector aka Bone Crusher
Trad
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 259
Fission aka Ken T'ank
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 362
Ten-Digit Dialing
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 148
Anarchitect
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 131
Sonic Youth
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 123
Buster Brown
Sport, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Playin' Hooky Clear Creek Canyon > Creek Side
 995
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 4 pitches
Guppy Clear Creek Canyon > Creek Side
 282
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Curvaceous Clear Creek Canyon > Wall of the '90s
 560
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Wet Dream Clear Creek Canyon > Wall of the '90s
 402
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Solid Gold Clear Creek Canyon > Creek Side
 121
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Sport 5 pitches
Open Space Cowboy Golden Gate Can… > Dude's Throne
 166
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Slammer Clear Creek Canyon > Wall of Justice
 214
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Peer Review Clear Creek Canyon > Highlands aka Highlander
 120
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Great Escape Clear Creek Canyon > Wall of Justice
 243
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport
Bone Collector aka Bone Cru… N Table Mountai… > Quarry Wall
 99
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad
Fission aka Ken T'ank Clear Creek Canyon > Armory
 259
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Ten-Digit Dialing Clear Creek Canyon > Wall of the '90s
 362
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Anarchitect Clear Creek Canyon > Anarchy Wall
 148
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
Sonic Youth Clear Creek Canyon > New River Wall
 131
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Buster Brown Golden Gate Can… > Dude's Throne
 123
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport, TR
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