Elevation: 5,184 ft
GPS: 38.9361, -108.48619
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Shared By: Matthew Seymour on Oct 15, 2009 · Updates
Admins: Jesse Zacher, Bradley Mark Edwards, Nick Reecy, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

Description

The climbing along Nine Mile Hill exists on the Burro formation. Although not as solid as its famous Wingate brother, the Burro is certainly capable of moments of brilliance. Several cliffs along Nine Mile Hill have been developed with both traditional crack climbs and bolted sport routes. However, the main draw along Nine Mile Hill is bouldering.

The boulder fields along CO-141 extend the entire nine miles from the Gunnison river to the top of the Uncompahgre Plateau, at an average width of over a mile. Now that is a lot of boulders! It is true that a lot of these boulders don't contain climbable rock; for every climbable boulder there are perhaps 5 unclimbable boulders. But in an area where the boulders literally number in the thousands, that leaves about (hmmm lets see [several X 1,000 X (1/6)= uhmmm]) a lot of climbable rock. What's more, a lot of those boulders that have routes have amazing routes.

The earliest known bouldering in this area was developed in the late '80s and early '90s by the climbers heading out to the main canyon. Many areas were developed throughout the '90s, and there were a few chipping incidents whose offenders shall go nameless here. Many of the classic areas were explored and developed by the reticent hardman Matt Lisenby and friends throughout the late '90s and early 2000s. Many more strong climbers have developed boulders as of late. Several of them have posted these areas to this database, and I will let them tell their own stories.

The land in the Nine Mile Mile area is all BLM, and few regulations are in place. There is no camping in the East Creek Day Use Area. Once you pass the cattle guard at the base of the real hill there is legal at large camping with the usual 14 day limit. Please help keep this area free of regulation by being respectful of this great resource.

Getting There

From Grand Junction, Colorado, head south out of town on US 50, towards Montrose and Delta. After traveling about 9 miles south of Grand Junction, turn right on CO-141, toward Gateway. This intersection is located in the small town of Whitewater.

The Nine Mile Hill area begins about 1 mile past this intersection.

Driving directions to crags are generally measured from the intersection of CO-141 and US 50.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Nine Mile Hill

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V2 5+
 26
The Sun Drains Heavy
Boulder
V2 5+
 28
Sage Truth
Boulder
V4 6B
 42
Route 4
Boulder
V4 6B
 35
Knife Wrench!
Boulder
V5- 6C
 93
Mark of Zorro (aka Route 2)
Boulder
V5 6C
 32
Punchdance
Boulder
V6 7A
 63
Chinese Algebra
Boulder
V6 7A
 28
Goodbye Blue Monday
Boulder
V8 7B
 41
Route 5
Boulder
V9 7C
 26
Red
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 75
Kibbles and Grits
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 93
True Grit
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 57
Gritlock
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 42
Pocket Reference
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 52
Jehovah's Gritness
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Sun Drains Heavy Nine Mile Bould… > … > Pink Floyd Area > Two Balloons Boulder
 26
V2 5+ Boulder
Sage Truth Nine Mile Bould… > Dave Loves Donn… > Royal Rock
 28
V2 5+ Boulder
Route 4 Nine Mile Bould… > Bone Park Bould… > Plethora Boulder (Rig…
 42
V4 6B Boulder
Knife Wrench! Nine Mile Bould… > Rock Garden Bou… > Scrubs Boulder
 35
V4 6B Boulder
Mark of Zorro (aka Route 2) Nine Mile Bould… > Bone Park Bould… > Plethora Boulder (Rig…
 93
V5- 6C Boulder
Punchdance Nine Mile Bould… > … > W Triangle > Punchdance Boulder
 32
V5 6C Boulder
Chinese Algebra Nine Mile Bould… > … > Mecca Area > Mecca Boulder
 63
V6 7A Boulder
Goodbye Blue Monday Nine Mile Bould… > … > Southie Area > Mistress Boulder
 28
V6 7A Boulder
Route 5 Nine Mile Bould… > Bone Park Bould… > Plethora Boulder (Rig…
 41
V8 7B Boulder
Red Nine Mile Bould… > Bone Park Bould… > Plethora Boulder (Rig…
 26
V9 7C Boulder
Kibbles and Grits Nine Mile Roped > Grit Wall
 75
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
True Grit Nine Mile Roped > Grit Wall
 93
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Gritlock Nine Mile Roped > Grit Wall
 57
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Pocket Reference Nine Mile Roped > Four Blocks Crag
 42
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Jehovah's Gritness Nine Mile Roped > Grit Wall
 52
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
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