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Routes in Creekside

Creekside Cruise T,S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Curtain Call T,S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Liquid Therapy T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Local Hero T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Los Pinos (The Pines) T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Spirit on the Water T,S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
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Description [Edit]

Creekside is on the north face, down by the creek. The rushing water of the creek makes this a cool and pleasant place to climb in warmer weather. This is one of the most magical and beautiful places to climb in all of Boulder Canyon. Enjoy the unique ambience of this special place.

Outstanding routes include Local Hero and Spirit on the Water.

All the routes in this area are mixed, and require gear in addition to the bolts.

Two routes start just above the creek: Curtain Call, which climbs a slab and merges with Showtime on the second pitch; and Local Hero, a great two-pitch route which ascends the right side of the Showtime pinnacle.

Four routes start right by the creek, and are only accessible when the water level is low (late summer to mid-spring): Creekside Cruise, Liquid Therapy, Spirit on the Water, and Los Pinos (The Pines). Los Pinos can be done as a two-pitch route, or as a four-pitch route which goes all the way to the summit.

From the start of Curtain Call and Local Hero, a dirt path heads left and up to The Garden.

Routes from left to right:

29. Curtain Call, 8+, 2p, gear and bolts. Slab and arete.
30. Local Hero, 10a, 2p, bolts and gear. Slab, roof, and exposed arete.
31. Creekside Cruise, 7, 1p, gear and 1 bolt. Cracks, corner, roof, flake.

The following routes start right by the creek, and are not accessible when the water level is very high (from mid-May to the end of July):

32. Liquid Therapy, 10, 1p, gear and 2 bolts. Bulge, corner, and cracks left of Spirit on the Water.
33. Spirit on the Water, 9+, 2p, bolts and gear. Stemming corner, face, and slab.
34. Los Pinos (The Pines), 9, 5p, gear and bolts. Face and cracks. Can be climbed all the way to the summit.

Getting There [Edit]

Cross the creek via the tyrolean, or wade or hop rocks if the water level is low enough.

Once across the creek, hike upstream from the tyrolean along the creek for about 100', to a clearing just before the rock wall comes all the way down to the water. Local Hero starts here. Creekside Cruise starts on a boulder by the creek about 30' right of Local Hero. Liquid Therapy starts 10' farther right at a slick bulge. Spirit on the Water and Los Pinos start another 10' upstream at an alcove carved out of the rock by the rushing creek waters.

This approach takes about 5 minutes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Creekside

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Spirit on the Water
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Local Hero
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Spirit on the Water
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Local Hero
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport 2 pitches
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