Elevation: 6,459 ft
GPS: 39.63, -107.815 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: dannys on Jul 6, 2007
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

Rifle Arch is an excellent cool/cold weather crag 7 miles north of the town of Rifle. The 500 foot high, sandstone slabs soak up the sun for most of the day making it one of the better winter cragging options in this area. The rock is generally low-angled and featured with bulges and smooth, sandy slabs comprising the main challenges of the moderate climbs found here (most climbs check in at 5.4 to 5.10). The routes range from 50 to 500+ feet in length on varying quality rock and are almost entirely bolt protected. Twelve draws, a handful of slings, two ropes and a little discretion on what and what not to pull on is all you will need for a day at the Arch.

Getting There

Drive north out of the town of Rifle on CO Hwy 13 for 7 miles. Just past mile marker 7, there is a pulloff on the right with a gated BLM trail that leads to the Arch. Follow this obvious trail for about 25 minute of mostly easy walking until you get to a set of log benches by the trail. You will be close to the arch and walls at this point. Bushwhack left off of the trail at the benches heading towards the varnished walls. An intermittent trail leads along the base of these walls, passing the climbs as you go.

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