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Lower Wall

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Description

Beautiful spot with a creek below it. To date there are two walls both of which face west northwest. There are not many climbs and none of the climbs make it into the classic category but you can have a nice day. The lower and tallest wall is maybe 70 feet tall but has a big break about 2/3 of the way up it.
The upper wall is roughly 50 feet tall at and is much more climbable with overhanging jug hauls from 5.8 to 5.11.

To the best of my knowledge this small area was discovered and probably first climbed by Ray Ringle. He and some friends top-roped most of the lines on the upper wall and may have done the same on the lower wall as well. He tried to convince me to set it up for leading but I declined until recently. A single route Venezuelan Mafia 5.11+ was put up on the lower wall by Luis Cisneros and Christian Espanol.

Getting There

Park at the Sunset Trail parking area which is just opposite Butterfly Trail just past Bear Wallow around milepost 22. Take the road right behind the sign showing the trail. follow this down just past a turn to the right. Rocks will be blocking the road here. Continue past the in the road 100 feet or so then take the road down to the left. When you reach the drainage find the trail and follow it downstream staying right next to the stream. You will pass a short lichen covered cliff with a roof. The next wall down is what the lower wall. Work around the right side and up to reach the other cliff.

Routes from Left to Right

5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 34
G-Men
Sport
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a
 1
Injury Reserve
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 49
Venezuelan Mafia
Sport
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 15
Raycreational Jug Use
Trad
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 28
Marcy's Playground
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 25
Ray Guns
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 23
Bouldering 101
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 39
Monster Buck
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 41
Canadian Bacon
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 10
Painless Steal
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 12
5.8 C
Trad
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 4
3/8 Mexican
Trad, Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
 5
A Few Too Many
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 8
Registered NILFs
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 20
Bisquick
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
G-Men
 34
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Injury Reserve
 1
5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a Sport
Venezuelan Mafia
 49
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Raycreational Jug Use
 15
5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad
Marcy's Playground
 28
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Ray Guns
 25
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Bouldering 101
 23
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Monster Buck
 39
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Canadian Bacon
 41
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Painless Steal
 10
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
5.8 C
 12
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
3/8 Mexican
 4
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Trad, Sport
A Few Too Many
 5
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport
Registered NILFs
 8
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Bisquick
 20
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport

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Derek on Variation of C and Canadian Bacon.<br>
"C Bacon?"
[Hide Photo] Derek on Variation of C and Canadian Bacon. "C Bacon?"
Great route. "C"
[Hide Photo] Great route. "C"
Lower Wall.  Just beyond the tree the trail turns right.  There are more routes right of the tree that are not in the photo
[Hide Photo] Lower Wall. Just beyond the tree the trail turns right. There are more routes right of the tree that are not in the photo

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Hendrixson
Littleton, CO
[Hide Comment] My understanding of the routes from left to right:

01) Venezuelan Mafia (5.11+)
02) Raycreational Jug Use (5.11 / Mixed)
03) Marcy's Playground (5.11 / Mixed)
04) Ray Guns (5.12-)
05) Bouldering 101 (5.12)
06) Monster Buck (5.12)
07) Canadian Bacon (5.11)
08) 5.8 C (5.9 / Mixed)
09) A Few Too Many (5.12)
10) Registered NILFs (5.11+)

Note that 'Raycreational Jug Use' and 'Marcy's Playground' reach a large ledge. At this point there is a bolted 5.7 chimney variation on the right. Sep 13, 2010