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Routes in Davis Face

Carter Classic T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
D3 T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
D4 S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Davis' Dirty Crack T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Unknown Sport Route Right of Center Route S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
What's Up? T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Winter Sun T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
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Shared By: Stephen Nance on Aug 29, 2006 with updates from Ben Sebald
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Davis Face is secluded, maybe with a party on it, and that's bad luck if there is.... The classic "Center Route" goes at 5.9, and there are a couple other routes, too! This is a beautiful face that goes at roughly 500 feet and 4-6 pitches. It is a 30 minute hike in, and the rock is bomber granite.

Getting There

Head out of BV towards Bob's Rock on 371 and take the turn east (right) on 375. Follow 375 to 375A as it winds toward the base of the hill at Davis Face. Stop when you see the awesome, big granite wall above you ;)

Per Ralph Swansen: when Rd 375a ends, stay left onto Trail 373. When 373 is approaching the base of the rock, a right turn down a hill will take you to a parking lot that is the closest to the base with an established trail to the rock. There is another parking lot on the right side of 373 a little past the aforementioned turn off with a slightly longer approach. The drive from BV takes a good 30+ minutes to the base of the rock.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Davis Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 5
Winter Sun
Trad 6 pitches
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 11
Unknown Sport Route Right of Cen…
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 65
Carter Classic
Trad 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 26
D3
Trad 12 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 41
D4
Sport 6 pitches
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 7
What's Up?
Trad 3 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Winter Sun
 5
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad 6 pitches
Unknown Sport Route Right o…
 11
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Carter Classic
 65
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 5 pitches
D3
 26
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 12 pitches
D4
 41
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 6 pitches
What's Up?
 7
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 3 pitches
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Dean Cool
Boulder, CO
Dean Cool   Boulder, CO
To get to the face take 371 to 375 and follow 375 for about 2.7 miles. Turn right onto 375a. Cross over 4 mile creek and keep left on the road. This road will veer away from the creek. Stay on this road for about 5 miles and always keep left at the forks in the road. The road will pass right in front of the face. Park where you wish and hike up about 20-30 minutes to the base of Davis face. I do not believe there is an established trail so wear good shoes. 375 is a dirt road with a lot ups and downs. A 4WD vehicle is not necessary if the weather is good but you may want a high clearance vehicle for the drive. Jul 18, 2008
SAL
broomdigiddy
SAL   broomdigiddy
We put up two routes on this face back in 2001 as well. Not as clean as this listed route but worth doing if you need somthing else to do.

One route started down and right of the standard route under a big capped roof that can be climbed and escaped left. The line pretty much tells you where to go from there.

The line on the left was a bit more obscure, so I won't give directions on that :)

Fun face to get out, away and up. Jan 9, 2009
Jason Halladay
Los Alamos, NM
Jason Halladay   Los Alamos, NM  
In case you're driving in at night, the last road you turn left on before reaching the parking for Davis Face is marked as 373A. If driving in during the day you can see the face so this is not an issue. Jul 5, 2009
Mike Soucy
Longmont, CO
Mike Soucy   Longmont, CO
Another route on the face starts just left of the Carter Classic and goes at .10a.
Look for a bolt 30' up or so on the slab. Follow .9 friction past bolts, supplemented with small cams to a bolted belay just left of CC.
P2 goes up and right from belay over a small roof, then following cracks to another bolted belay, .9+.
P3 trends up and right again clipping bolts along an overlap with a couple of .10a moves. An excellent pitch. Follow this to where it intersects w/ CC and finish or rap.
This is an old route that had its bolts upgraded in 2007. FA, name or original rating unknown.
Carry single set stoppers, sm/med cams, along with draws.
Several more new, high quality mixed gear routes are currently being rediscovered/developed on this wall by Ark Valley folks. Stay tuned. Jul 13, 2009
Lee Jenkins
Tucson, Arizona
Lee Jenkins   Tucson, Arizona
Mike,

Why don't you go ahead and add the route left of CC to the route database? Just call it "unknown to the left of CC" or something like that.

Look forward to seeing more lines added to this great face! Jul 15, 2009
chad beckelhymer
Buena Vista
chad beckelhymer   Buena Vista
I don't know where there lines are at, but my dad said he put up a .10 and an .11 or maybe hard .10 in the early/mid-'90s. I can try to ask and see where they are located on the wall. It could be the .10a you are talking about for one of them, 'cause he said he put in some belay anchors.... May 8, 2014
Ralph Swansen
Denver CO
Ralph Swansen   Denver CO
The directions leave out that when Rd 375a ends, stay left onto Trail 373. When 373 is approaching the base of the rock, a right turn down a hill will take you to a parking lot that is the closest to the base with an established trail to the rock. There is another parking lot on the right side of 373 a little past the aforementioned turn off with a slightly longer approach. The drive from BV takes a good 30+ minutes to the base of the rock. Oct 4, 2015
Simon Kwok
Boston, MA
Simon Kwok   Boston, MA
It's a long bumpy way in. Hope you have a car with high clearance, since we saw another car parked at the base of the climb with their under guard shield hanging, and we did a bit of damage to our vehicle as well. There's a bump just before the right turn on 273 that has a rock on it, so be careful with that. There's also a big stream puddle right after the turn. We parked just before the turn and the puddle, and it wasn't really that much further. Jun 4, 2016
Pete Krzanowsky
Evergreen, CO
Pete Krzanowsky   Evergreen, CO
As of September 24, 2016, the road to the trailhead is fine for a Subaru Outback. It seemed similar to the Turkey Rocks road.

Does anyone know what the bolted route is immediately right of Carter Classic? Hopped on it by accident. Just curious. Sep 26, 2016
D. Scott Clark
Boulder
D. Scott Clark   Boulder
Tried to drive my VW Passat Wagon in. Google told us to take 376 to 373, which was not passable in my extra long, low clearance, two wheel drive vehicle. My partner and I stopped before Four Mile Creek and rode mountain bikes to the trail, around 4.5 miles. 90% uphill to the trail, but it made for a fun, flowy ride back to the car after the climb. Sep 26, 2016
Chris G.
Lakewood
Chris G.   Lakewood
(As of September 24, 2016, the road to the trailhead is fine for a Subaru Outback. It seemed similar to the Turkey Rocks road.
Does anyone know what the bolted route is immediately right of Carter Classic? Hopped on it by accident. Just curious.)

- pretty sure it's unknown 5.7, I also just drove my Nissan Rogue out there with zero effort. Sep 26, 2016
B. Smith
Denver, CO
B. Smith   Denver, CO
You NEED 2 60m ropes to rap from the summit. I thought a 70m meant I would have to downclimb the last 10 meters near the ground (5.2). I did not realize that is you rap with one 70m from the summit bolts, you would end 10 meters about the pitch 5 chains on The Carter Classic...I had to build a gear anchor, lower my partner to the chains, and then downclimb the 5.8 back to the anchors. It was not ideal.

If you have just 1 70m rope, you can climb all of the way to the top of pitch 5 on The Carter Classic, which is the end of the good climbing anyway.

Have fun! Oct 3, 2016
Nicky C
Front Range Co
Nicky C   Front Range Co
I am very excited to check out the routes on The Davis Face.
Thank you for the hard work developing this area.

Are these routes, Carter Classic, D3, and D4 sport climbs in their current condition? I have heard conflicting reports if they are purely sport or mixed gear.

This is not a complaint or a suggestion... I love the beauty of the many mixed lines we have in the South Platte, but I want to make sure I don't set up this thing unprepared. Bring a rack?

Any input welcome / Thanks,
Nick Nov 16, 2016

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