Elevation: 7,558 ft
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Shared By: Ben Schmitt on Oct 13, 2008
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This tiny crags hosts some of the best short, steep, and perfect limestone in Colorado Springs with routes from 5.7 to 5.12d! With a south-facing amphitheatre and all day sun, this crag is perfect year round and can be a nice afternoon workout area for locals.

Most routes are between 15 and 20 feet tall, and a handful of them have been soloed or bouldered. Bring 8 draws and you should be able to do everything there. Try for the crown and send all the routes in a day, where the prize back in the '90s used to be a six pack of beer. Routes are listed from right to left, as encountered on the trail down from the top:

A. Springs View, 10a, 1p.
B. Short Crack, 9, 1p.
C. Chickens at Risk, 7, 1p, 20', bolts.
D. Common Misconception, 11c, 1p.
E. The CHCA, 10d, 1p, bolts.
F. Edolecence, 11a, 1p, 18', bolts.
G. Damage I Have Done, 12c, 1p, bolts.
H. Project, 13+, 1p, 3 bolts.

I wrote the names and ratings on the bottoms of most of the routes....

A few routes on the right side of the wall may be missing hangers due to some pathetic loser stealing them in the mid '90s, I have made an effort to replace almost all of the stolen hangers, but if you want to chip in that would be great! Have fun....

Getting There

Head in the west entrance to the Garden of the Gods and drive past the Balanced Rock to enter Rampart Range Road on your next left. From here, drive 4.9 miles up the washboarded and rutty road until you get to a sharp right handed turn. There is a ten foot tall, ripped up juniper tree there, as well as a cairn with a blue mirror on the left side of the road, and this is where you should park(not a real parking area, just a small pullout). Follow a climbers trail that starts by hopping over a tree and following the cairns and logs down the hill into a small wooded valley, which trends east and brings you to the top of a hill. Follow the trail east across the hill and head down past more cairns until the rocks begin to turn Verdon Gorge blue and grey. The trail should deposit you at the top of the cliff, overlooking a small valley as well as colorado springs to the east, and Cedar Heights directly south. walk down the left side of the cliff, where you will encounter the first route (Springs View 5.11a).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Ed Rock

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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Chickens at Risk
Sport, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Damage I Have Done
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Chickens at Risk
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Damage I Have Done
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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Patrick Manitou
Atlanta, GAAAAA
Patrick Manitou   Atlanta, GAAAAA
Climbed here five or six years ago, and it was surprisingly fun considering how short the cliff is.

I always thought these routes made great top-rope problems, so it's nice that you're replacing the hangers but people should try this area out even if there are missing hangers. Oct 13, 2008
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loc   colorado springs co
Is this the same place as William's Canyon? Nov 17, 2008
No, it is close to but separate. Nov 17, 2008
Jared LaVacque
Anchorage/Grand Junction
Jared LaVacque   Anchorage/Grand Junction  
Before the hangers were removed, the routes(not enhancement) were put up by Mark VanHorn and Eric Christiansen and Ed. I helped with developing the base(landing area) and trail work. Ian Spencer-Green and myself are responsible for a few or the routes(which we bouldered, on the left side of the wall), but did not name. Dec 23, 2008
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loc   colorado springs co
I finally found the place! Cool place for being right out side of town. Feb 2, 2009
I thought I was on Ed Rock today, but I think I was in William's Canyon. I asked this guy where to go and he happened to be the guy in charge of trails and stuff who directed me to this cool cliff nowhere near where Ben S was telling me, and it had a lot more routes. Apr 8, 2009
Jake Carroll
The Springs
Jake Carroll   The Springs
After some wandering around, Phil and I finally found this. Some of those 2 finger pockets were absolutely perfect. We felt like the routes were sandbagged a little, as we could not send Chica which was labeled 11a on the crag. May 16, 2009
Phil Lauffen
Innsbruck, AT
Phil Lauffen   Innsbruck, AT  
No more cairn, mirror, or log to jump over right at the left side of the road. We were looking for those and could not find them. May 16, 2009
Michael West
Enterprise, AL
Michael West   Enterprise, AL
Hey, I was just curious, is Williams Canyon worth a visit? Jun 12, 2009
Manitou Springs, CO
Bohj   Manitou Springs, CO
The rock is pretty sweet here. There's about 7 climbs and a few boulder problems. Unfortunately, Springs View (10a) and Short Crack (5.9+) have been chopped. Anyone know why? Is this due to the vandals in the '90s you spoke of? It'd be nice to have a few more moderates to warm up on. Plus, one day I want to win the alleged six pack for climbing all the climbs in one outing. I'd be happy to pitch in for the hardware if someone will rebolt them. Jul 8, 2009
Ian Spencer-Green
Fort Collins, CO
Ian Spencer-Green   Fort Collins, CO
William's Canyon is definitely worth checking out. My dad, Stewart Green and I bolted 20+ routes there and they are excellent. It may not be the best limestone on the planet, but it is the closest limestone to the Springs, and there is tons of potential. Just pretend you are climbing in American Fork or Rifle when they were being developed. Routes range from 5.8 to 5.13 and I'll be happy to email anyone interested a topo. Check it out! Jul 9, 2009
Dan 60D5H411
Colorado Springs, CO
Dan 60D5H411   Colorado Springs, CO
I spent about a whole day trying to find exactly where this rock is...at my last attempt I somehow found the trail. On my car, the mileage was more like 5.1 or 5.2 miles up Rampart Range. You will go around a large turn to the right with a 90 degree left turn 50 yards up the road. I parked at the left turn where this is also a pine on the right side of the road that looks like it was pushed over but still living. If you reach a chain fence on the left and the radio tower on the right, you have gone too far! Turn back around and go back 0.3 or 0.4 miles. At the parking area (fits 1 -2 cars), walk back down the road for 50 yards. On the right hand side of the road (left as you were driving up), look south to find a faint trail leaving the road. The trail starts immediately right of a pine that has had a lot of it's middle branches cut off that face the road. 10 yards down the trail you should see a juniper growing around/engulfing the trunk of a pine. 10 more yards and you should see a large dead pine that has fallen on the trail. Once you have found the trail, it is easy cruising from there. It is a nice singletrack climber's trail with cairns every 20 yards. If you are bushwacking, hiking loose trails, hiking old 4-wheel trails or find yourself in Williams Canyon, you are on the wrong trail!
That being said...the rock here is of exceptional quality even though very short. If only Williams was the same! Jan 24, 2010
willo schubarth
Colorado Springs, CO
willo schubarth   Colorado Springs, CO
Your directions were spot on Dan! I lined the trail with sticks and stones, so it's pretty obvious to spot from the road now.... Feb 2, 2010
Ryan Sanders
C Springs
Ryan Sanders   C Springs
Dan, thanks for taking an interest in this area; however, I always assumed that the directions were left intentionally bad due to this areas proximity to private property. Feb 2, 2010

I put some hangers on the first two routes. The one on the right I think is Springs View. It's a lot harder than it looks! Dec 10, 2010
Shea DeGroat
Colorado Springs, CO
Shea DeGroat   Colorado Springs, CO
Does anyone know if the 13+ proj has an ascent? Dec 28, 2010
Tried to get to Ed Rock this morning.... We found the trail but ran into a few people who live in Cedar Heights, and apparently the surrounding land is all private property for CH residents now. The man got very mad and walked us back to the road. Does anyone know if the bolts are even on the rock anymore? Jun 17, 2016
After looking at the gps coordinates and comparing against the El Paso County assessor's map, this whole area does look like it is on private property (HOA owned). Jun 28, 2017