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Elevation: 9,522 ft 2,902 m
GPS: 39.11913, -106.70247
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Shared By: Steven Lucarelli on Jun 30, 2008
Admins: Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description Suggest change

This area offers a good selection of sport, mixed and trad routes on great rock. The walls generally face southwest providing good morning shade but get a lot of sun in the afternoon, and like most areas on Independence Pass, crowds shouldn't be an issue especially since the approach is steep and the Grotto Wall is just up the road.

Getting There Suggest change

From Aspen, head up the pass, and look for the "Grottos Day Use Area" sign. This area is located past mile marker 50, and there is a gravel parking lot on the right. The trail is located on the north side of CO Hwy 82 at the "Grottos Day Use Area" sign for westbound traffic. Follow the obvious trail around the east side of a pond until you get to a large screefield. There are some cairns marking a slightly easier path up the scree, but if you lose them, just keep going up, and you'll end up at the Nude Buttress. The Game Wall and Designer Wall are a little farther up the hill around the left side of Nude Buttress. Expect this approach to take about 20 to 30 minutes.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Grottos Day Use Area

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V0 4
 12
The Ref
Boulder
V1 5
 11
Goal Line
Boulder
V3 6A
 9
Laces Out
Boulder
V4 6B
 9
Merotica
Boulder
V9 7C
 18
Choke Hold
Boulder
V11+ 8A
 7
We Squeezes
Boulder
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 10
Boo Boo Bear
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 54
Escher's Staircase
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 8
Truth
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 36
Bilbo Baggins
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 9
The Dragon's Hoard (tenative name)
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 8
Master of Reality
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 15
My Precioussss
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 4
Yogi's Space Race
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c R
 7
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Ref Goal Post Boulders > Goal Post Boulder
 12
V0 4 Boulder
Goal Line Goal Post Boulders > Goal Post Boulder
 11
V1 5 Boulder
Laces Out Goal Post Boulders > Goal Post Boulder
 9
V3 6A Boulder
Merotica Goal Post Boulders > Goal Post Boulder
 9
V4 6B Boulder
Choke Hold Gollum's Cave
 18
V9 7C Boulder
We Squeezes Gollum's Cave
 7
V11+ 8A Boulder
Boo Boo Bear Designer Wall
 10
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Escher's Staircase Gollum's Cave
 54
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Truth Game Wall
 8
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Bilbo Baggins Gollum's Cave
 36
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
The Dragon's Hoard (tenativ… Gollum's Cave
 9
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Master of Reality Gollum's Cave
 8
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Trad
My Precioussss Gollum's Cave
 15
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Yogi's Space Race Designer Wall
 4
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Ice Caves
 7
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c R Trad
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