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Elevation: 5,500 ft
GPS: 39.93063, -105.28689
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This section is the lowest section of The West Ridge. It is extends from the waterline/base of the ridge to arbitrarily Verschneidung. Certainly, this is the least famous of the sections of The West Ridge. Consequently, lines are generally shorter here. Access is quicker as well. Descents off the backside/E face, if you top out, are quicker, too.

This section of the ridge appears to contain the earliest route done on the ridge, Initial Route, 5.8, by none other than the then-climbing-omnivore Layton Kor with Herb Swedlund, in 1963.

While there may be no top-one hundred in Eldorado Canyon SP here, still there are some pleasant lines here. You may note that most of the routes listed here (to the left) for this section are in the 0-1 star range. Still, you may enjoy: the mini-classic Verschneidung, 5.7; the spicy Allosaur, 5.9 s; the short but energizing Morning Thunder, 5.9+; the strenuous Wing Shot, 5.11b; the invigorating Wild Turkey, 5.11c/d s; the once test-piece Office Girls Walk the Plank, 5.12d; among others.

This is a place to savor the less-frequented side of Eldorado.

Getting There Suggest change

Approach is dependent upon the depth of the creek, the parking available, and your desires for the day. You can approach this section of the ridge by parking at the Milton Boulder, wade the stream or boulder hop (Aug-ish to May-ish) to the base of the ridge and ascend. Or, you can approach by parking at the E end of the park, cross the bridge, hike on the trail paralleling the creek, and traverse the slippery 3rd class ramp around to the base of the West Ridge. Note, this last traverse is intimidating for small kids and particularly green partners. Then, you hike along the trail at the base of the W face of the West Ridge to your desired route.

Enjoy!

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Classic Climbing Routes at West Ridge - part A - Verschneidung to base

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 426
Verschneidung Dihedral
Trad 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
 175
Allosaur
Trad 3 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 117
Morning Thunder
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 14
Wingshot
Trad
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13
 15
Wishbone
Trad, Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 15
Wild Turkey
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 8
Kickin' Chicken
Trad, Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 5
Office Girls Walk The Plank
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Verschneidung Dihedral
 426
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad 2 pitches
Allosaur
 175
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R Trad 3 pitches
Morning Thunder
 117
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Wingshot
 14
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Wishbone
 15
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad, Sport
Wild Turkey
 15
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Kickin' Chicken
 8
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad, Sport
Office Girls Walk The Plank
 5
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Trad
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