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Elevation: 8,000 ft 2,438 m
GPS: 39.973, -105.4634
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Surprising Crag is the most popular area at the Sport Park. The South Face has many moderate, well-bolted sport routes and sees crowds of climbers; this is the place to hang out and socialize. The West Face has challenging sport and trad routes, and sees much less traffic.

Getting There Suggest change

From the aqueduct trail, take a left. The first crag you'll see is Owl Prow. Head uphill around the right side of Owl Prow and you'll get to the South Face of Surprising Crag near the route Monkey Bob.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Surprising Crag

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 283
The Touch
Trad, Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 402
Choss Temple Pilots
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 290
The Other One
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 209
Killer Fish Taco
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 138
The Fix
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13
 8
Amber
Trad
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
 24
Space Goats
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 106
Mercy Drilling
Trad, Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 42
Furious Howard Brown
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 31
Curve of Binding Energy
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 11
Impeachara
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 67
American Beauty
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 9
Shakedown Street
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Touch S Face
 283
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad, Sport
Choss Temple Pilots S Face
 402
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Other One W Face
 290
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Killer Fish Taco S Face
 209
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Fix S Face
 138
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Amber W Face
 8
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a PG13 Trad
Space Goats W Face
 24
5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a Sport
Mercy Drilling W Face
 106
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad, Sport
Furious Howard Brown W Face
 42
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Curve of Binding Energy W Face
 31
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Impeachara W Face
 11
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
American Beauty W Face
 67
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Shakedown Street W Face
 9
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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