Elevation: 5,183 ft
GPS: 38.936, -108.486 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Matthew Seymour on Oct 15, 2009 · Updates
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Jesse Zacher, Monomaniac, Bradley Mark Edwards, Nick Reecy, Tyler KC, Jared LaVacque

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+
 22
Sage Truth
Boulder
V4 6B
 25
Knife Wrench!
Boulder
V4 6B
 14
Crack Cave
Boulder
V5- 6C
 73
Mark of Zorro (aka Route 2)
Boulder
V5 6C
 22
All Hail Hibernation
Boulder
V5 6C
 26
Punchdance
Boulder
V6 7A
 50
Chinese Algebra
Boulder
V6 7A
 16
C.O.G
Boulder
V8 7B
 32
Route 5
Boulder
V9 7C
 15
Red
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 68
Kibbles and Grits
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 84
True Grit
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 49
Gritlock
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 34
Pocket Reference
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 48
Jehovah's Gritness
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sage Truth Dave Loves Donn… > Royal Rock
 22
V2 5+ Boulder
Knife Wrench! Rock Garden Bou… > Scrubs Boulder
 25
V4 6B Boulder
Crack Cave Crack Hole Area > Crack Hole Boulder
 14
V4 6B Boulder
Mark of Zorro (aka Route 2) Bone Park Bould… > Plethora Boulder (Rig…
 73
V5- 6C Boulder
All Hail Hibernation Area 51 Boulder… > Falls From Above Boulder
 22
V5 6C Boulder
Punchdance Triangle Boulde… > W Triangle > Punchdance Boulder
 26
V5 6C Boulder
Chinese Algebra Mecca Boulder Area > Mecca Area > Mecca Boulder
 50
V6 7A Boulder
C.O.G Rock Garden Bou… > Chiseled Arete Boulder
 16
V6 7A Boulder
Route 5 Bone Park Bould… > Plethora Boulder (Rig…
 32
V8 7B Boulder
Red Bone Park Bould… > Plethora Boulder (Rig…
 15
V9 7C Boulder
Kibbles and Grits Grit Wall
 68
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
True Grit Grit Wall
 84
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Gritlock Grit Wall
 49
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Pocket Reference Four Blocks Crag
 34
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Jehovah's Gritness Grit Wall
 48
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
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