Elevation: 5,183 ft
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Shared By: Matthew Seymour on Oct 15, 2009 with updates from Nick Reecy
Admins: Jesse Zacher, Jared LaVacque, Bradley Mark Edwards, Nick Reecy, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
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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.
V2-3 5+
 8
Taming White Lightning
Boulder
V4 6B
 3
Knife Wrench!
Boulder
V4 6B
 12
Crack Cave
Boulder
V4 6B
 3
Full Torque
Boulder
V5- 6C
 4
Through Painted Deserts
Boulder
V5 6C
 36
Mark of Zorro (aka Route 2)
Boulder
V5 6C
 5
All Hail Hibernation
Boulder
V6 7A
 24
Chinese Algebra
Boulder
V6-7 7A+
 3
C.O.G
Boulder
V7- 7A+
 5
Rockshop Traverse
Boulder
V8 7B
 13
Route 5
Boulder
V9-10 7C+
 3
Goodbye Blue Sky
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 47
Kibbles and Grits
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 60
True Grit
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 27
Pocket Reference
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Taming White Lightning Pool of Plenty… > Moonshine Area > Moonshine Boulder
 8
V2-3 5+ Boulder
Knife Wrench! Rock Garden Bou… > Scrubs Boulder
 3
V4 6B Boulder
Crack Cave Crack Hole Area > Crack Hole Boulder
 12
V4 6B Boulder
Full Torque Mecca Boulder Area > Other Side Of R… > Stronger Than Water B…
 3
V4 6B Boulder
Through Painted Deserts Reba Boulders > Miller Block
 4
V5- 6C Boulder
Mark of Zorro (aka Route 2) Bone Park Bould… > Plethora Boulder (Rig…
 36
V5 6C Boulder
All Hail Hibernation Area 51 Boulder… > Falls From Above Boulder
 5
V5 6C Boulder
Chinese Algebra Mecca Boulder Area > Mecca Area > Mecca Boulder
 24
V6 7A Boulder
C.O.G Rock Garden Bou… > Chiseled Arete Boulder
 3
V6-7 7A+ Boulder
Rockshop Traverse E Creek Day Use… > E Creek Day Use… > Rockshop Wall
 5
V7- 7A+ Boulder
Route 5 Bone Park Bould… > Plethora Boulder (Rig…
 13
V8 7B Boulder
Goodbye Blue Sky Mecca Boulder Area > Pink Floyd Area > Main Boulder
 3
V9-10 7C+ Boulder
Kibbles and Grits Grit Wall
 47
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
True Grit Grit Wall
 60
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Pocket Reference Four Blocks Crag
 27
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
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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
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