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Elevation: 5,958 ft 1,816 m
GPS: 40.6923, -105.379
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Description Suggest change

A grotto of featured granite, some steep and overhanging, with mostly sport and a few mixed routes. There are walls facing all directions, so there will usually be both sun or shade available. Rock quality varies - having a helmet on for the occasional falling rock is not a bad idea.

Getting There Suggest change

It's about 15 miles up the canyon from Ted's Place (where CO Highway 14 turns off of CO 287), just past Mishawaka and the tunnel.

Parking

After the tunnel, park in the second pullout on the right (the first is immediately after the tunnel). It's important that the parking area can still be used as a slow-vehicle turnout. This pretty much requires parallel parking around the edge, even though diagonal parking might accomodate more vehicles. If there isn't room, please park in the first pullout next to the tunnel. A highway accident due to an overfilled pullout would not be good for the Palace.

River Crossing

The river crossing may be dangerous or impossible in high water - don't underestimate it. In low water, a series of rocks that heads downriver to an island, then across, can be navigated carefully.

Per JF M: since the floods of 2013, the river has shifted slightly in the area used to cross over to The Palace. The island described previously has merged with the north (far) shore. There is also a deeper, swifter channel (up to knee-deep even during low water!) about 3/4 across the river. Angling toward the confluence of the creek and the river proper, aim just left of the mouth of the creek for the shallowest possible route. Roll up those pants!

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Palace

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 105
Orange You Glad
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 193
Churchill Rejects
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 106
Cheerleaders Gone Hippie
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 169
Rapunzel, Rapunzel
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 172
The Scepter
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 104
Jester
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 198
Monstrosity
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 77
Check Your Head
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 83
Dear Slabby
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 59
Road to Redemption
Sport
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 4
Stanley's Steamer
Trad
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 5
Golden Harvest
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 43
Sporting Green
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 52
Small Fry
Sport
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b
 21
Rapid Fire
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Orange You Glad Poudre Face
 105
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Churchill Rejects Chamber
 193
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Cheerleaders Gone Hippie Poudre Face
 106
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Rapunzel, Rapunzel Citadel
 169
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
The Scepter Scepter
 172
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Jester Chamber
 104
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Monstrosity Mineshaft Wall
 198
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Check Your Head Poudre Face
 77
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Dear Slabby Palace Pages
 83
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Road to Redemption Chamber
 59
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Stanley's Steamer Lion's Den (aka Sunda…
 4
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad
Golden Harvest Lion's Den (aka Sunda…
 5
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
Sporting Green Palace Pages
 43
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Small Fry Chamber
 52
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Rapid Fire Mineshaft Wall
 21
5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b Sport
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