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Animal Farm Boulder Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Area 51 Boulder Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 27 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 27
Black Wall, The 1 / 4 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Black Wave Boulder Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 106 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 106
Blue Moon Boulder Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 142 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 142
Bone Park Boulder Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 112 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 112
Cattle Guard Sign Parking 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Cattle Guard Wall 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Crack Hole Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 26 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 26
Dave Loves Donna Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 55 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 55
Dirty Dozen Boulder Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 36 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 36
East Creek Day Use Area 4 / 2 / 0 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 21
Four Blocks Bouldering 0 / 0 / 0 / 31 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 31
Four Blocks Crag 2 / 13 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 16
Freight Yard Boulder Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 26 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 26
Grit Wall 1 / 8 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Late Bloomer Boulder Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 24 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 24
Mecca Boulder Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 475 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 475
Nine Style Boulder Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
North East Creek Boulder Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Pebbleton Boulder Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 26 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 26
Petrified Wall 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Pool of Plenty Boulder Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 109 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 109
Reba Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 118 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 118
Rock Garden Boulder Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 69 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 69
Texas Boulder Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 61 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 61
Thor Wall 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Triangle Boulder Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 69 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 69
Unknown Area (pending input) 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Zephyr Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 43 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 43

Description

The climbing along Nine Mile Hill exists on the Cretaceous-era Dakota Sandstone formation. Although not as solid as its famous Wingate brother, the Dakota 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 Uncompagre 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. Whats more, a lot of those boulders that have routes have amazing routes.

The bouldering in this area is still largely undeveloped, and much that has been developed has gone unreported. This often gives the bouldering an adventurous feel.

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 Hile 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+
Victoria
Boulder
V2-3 5+
Taming White Lightning
Boulder
V4 6B PG13
Knife Wrench!
Boulder
V4 6B
Crack Cave
Boulder
V4 6B
Full Torque
Boulder
V4 6B
Draconian Binger
Boulder
V4 6B
Awoman
Boulder
V5 6C
Mark of Zorro (aka Route 2)
Boulder
V5 6C
All Hail Hibernation
Boulder
V6 7A
Chinese Algebra
Boulder
V7 7A+
Rockshop Traverse
Boulder
V8 7B
Route 5
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Kibbles and Grits
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
True Grit
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Pocket Reference
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Victoria Bone Park Boulder… > Victoria's Secret V2 5+ Boulder
Taming White Lightning Pool of Plenty Bo… > Moonshine Boulder V2-3 5+ Boulder
Knife Wrench! Rock Garden Bould… > Scrubs Boulder V4 6B PG13 Boulder
Crack Cave Crack Hole Area > Crack Hole Boulder V4 6B Boulder
Full Torque Mecca Boulder Area > Other Side Of Rd… > Stronger Than Water Boulder V4 6B Boulder
Draconian Binger Mecca Boulder Area > Other Side Of Rd… > Tempest Rock V4 6B Boulder
Awoman Mecca Boulder Area > Southie Area > Mistress Boulder V4 6B Boulder
Mark of Zorro (aka Route 2) Bone Park Boulder… > Plethora Boulder (Right Gonad) V5 6C Boulder
All Hail Hibernation Area 51 Boulder Area > Falls From Above Boulder V5 6C Boulder
Chinese Algebra Mecca Boulder Area > Mecca Area > Mecca Boulder V6 7A Boulder
Rockshop Traverse E Creek Day Use Area > E Creek Day Use B… > Rockshop Wall V7 7A+ Boulder
Route 5 Bone Park Boulder… > Plethora Boulder (Right Gonad) V8 7B Boulder
Kibbles and Grits Grit Wall 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
True Grit Grit Wall 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Pocket Reference Four Blocks Crag 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
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That's the natural range of the rock. The Dakota sandstone and Burro Canyon Formation that we climb on in Nine Mile will have a lot of variability. It can be coarse sandy layers that are pretty weak and crumbly but within just a few feet have sandy, iron rich rock that is patina'd and pretty tough. The idea is that this formation was a series of braided streambeds originating from no longer existing mountains in Utah before it became a rock. This is why you can also find old petrified logs, dino bones, and more predominantly pebbles in the sandstone and conglomerate layers. Message me if you have more questions, and I'll try to make up some more BS. Mar 9, 2014
Nick Reecy    
In Bob Horan's guidebook, Bouldering Colorado, he mentions an area named B.C.'s Western Boulders. The map shows the area located west of Bone Park and Triangle areas. Unfortunately, only a few boulders are mentioned, and there are no pictures and few details of their location. In reality, the book raises more questions than answers.

Does anyone know any details regarding the area's location. Equally important, I'm curious if anyone knows who B.C. is? May 11, 2015
Nick Reecy    
Rock experts,
I've always been curious about Nine Mile's range of rock quality. From what I understand, it's Dakota sandstone. But when I consider how different the rock is, it just doesn't make sense to me. For instance, the rock quality at the Texas Boulders is nothing like the rock quality of the Chinese Boulders. Is this just a natural range of Dakota sandstone in general or is there something else to it? Mar 7, 2014
Abbe  
I was climbing Four Blocks Crag out in Nine Mile Canyon with a friend last night, Aug. 29th, and my friend accidentally pulled our rope with a knot in the end. It was too dark to climb it again, and so we left it. We came back the next day and SOMEONE HAD STOLEN OUR ROPE!! I would appreciate if anyone knows about this to please contact me and help us get our rope back, so we can continue to climb another day. Thank you. Aug 30, 2013
While I absolutely applaud the new route activity going on on the long overlooked walls lining this canyon, you guys need to start using painted hangers. It is getting pretty bad. You can bet the land managers see it too. May 27, 2013

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