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Morrison Routes

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Description

This is a long cliff face on the north side of the town of Morrison. There is a section for all of the amazing bouldering that is there (Morrison Boulders). This is for the trad/sport routes that are there.
The rock type is a hard sandstone and the Crag is Southwest facing, so it gets lots of sun afternoon.

Getting There

From C-470 take the Morrison Exit West. The crag is right as you enter the town and there is a parking area on the side of the road right where the road splits off with a one way street. The parking is on the one way street.

The approach is steep and very short. There is a path up the hill near a sign at the beginning of the parking area. Or you can follow the road/path east, follow a path up some talus area and end up near the Black Hole boulder area.

Routes from Left to Right

5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 2
The Birds Don't Worry
Trad, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 4
Gates of Splendor
Trad
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 11
The Tongue
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 32
5.7 Rail Route
Trad, TR
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 34
White Crack Route
Trad, TR
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 34
Dihedral Route
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 37
Frozen Fingers (aka Top Rope Route)
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 15
Juggmo
Trad, TR
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
 30
Z is Last, But This is First
Sport, TR
5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c
 6
Witness to Violence
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 15
Thirsty
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
 3
Sharpe's Right
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 6
Unknown Slab route
TR
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 64
The Nautilus Cave Pitch
Sport, TR
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 3
Hogback Momma
TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
 5
Local Motions
Sport
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c
 39
The Price For Fire
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 5
Enticed by Desire
Sport
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b X
 2
Morrison Solo
Trad, TR
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Birds Don't Worry
 2
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Trad, TR
Gates of Splendor
 4
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad
The Tongue
 11
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
5.7 Rail Route
 32
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
White Crack Route
 34
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, TR
Dihedral Route
 34
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Frozen Fingers (aka Top Rop…
 37
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport, TR
Juggmo
 15
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Z is Last, But This is First
 30
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R Sport, TR
Witness to Violence
 6
5.13 8a 29 X- 30 E7 6c Sport
Thirsty
 15
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Sharpe's Right
 3
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R Trad
Unknown Slab route
 6
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b TR
The Nautilus Cave Pitch
 64
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, TR
Hogback Momma
 3
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a TR
Local Motions
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13 Sport
The Price For Fire
 39
5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c Sport
Enticed by Desire
 5
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Morrison Solo
 2
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b X Trad, TR

Photos [Hide ALL Photos]

I posted this a few years ago, and it seems to be missing.
[Hide Photo] I posted this a few years ago, and it seems to be missing.
Beta view of the black and white dihedral North of the Cave Route.
[Hide Photo] Beta view of the black and white dihedral North of the Cave Route.
Beta photo with lead climbs shown and labeled.
[Hide Photo] Beta photo with lead climbs shown and labeled.
Exploring the cliffs.
[Hide Photo] Exploring the cliffs.
Near the top of Nautilus.
[Hide Photo] Near the top of Nautilus.

Comments [Hide ALL Comments]

Jay Eggleston
Denver
[Hide Comment] From the parking, the best trail I found leaves the road near a telephone pole on the east side of the parking. Nov 12, 2012
Tim C
Lakewood, CO
[Hide Comment] WARNING: rattlesnakes in the area. Found a baby rattlesnake in the middle of the trail. Keep dogs on leashes when possible. Jul 30, 2017
[Hide Comment] Any idea what I climbed? Had 3 pins, no bolts, nice hand jamming followed by a chimney move or two.... Maybe 5.8, maybe harder? Fairly far to the climber's left side of the wall. Sep 3, 2017
Dennis Adams
Denver, CO
[Hide Comment] I wouldn't consider any of these toprope. There's no safe way up to the top to lay a toprope, so basically it's either the sport routes or trad. Jun 27, 2021
Christian Hoxworth
Aurora, CO
[Hide Comment] The parking is paid parking now - sad day. Also the approach is REALLY sketchy with a haul bag. There is little/no trail up a loose and steep scramble- not kid friendly. Earned PG-13 or even NC 17 for that one. The area is beautiful. Be sure to scout your route from the bottom, and make sure you know where on the wall you want to end up, as even the traverse at the top between sections is really steep in places. I wouldn't call any of those climbs sport even, as the first bolts are >20 feet off the ground. Some look to be closer to 30 feet, and they all seem to be over sketchy steep landings. Bring trad gear or skip this crag. May 5, 2024
Tal M
Denver, CO
[Hide Comment] ^^^ From a brand new account with no other activity. As mentioned in the subarea comments, just park at the Park & Ride, and add 30 seconds to your hike. The approach is easily done in your favorite style crocs - you don't even need to put them into 4-Low. May 5, 2024
Conner Sorensen
Omaha, NE
[Hide Comment] How would I get in contact with the group that established this wall? I love the area but would love to see more sport routes if possible - at least one easy to get to the top and reach the bolts to be able to toprope other routes. Jun 29, 2024
Christopher Inzano
Golden, CO
[Hide Comment] In response to some of these comments: yes, they can be considered toprope routes. You can approach from the ridge line (back side) or 3 scramble options you can choose from the front side. I usually use the one about 50 yards west from the Black & White Dihedral. I will admit it took me some time to learn this area, but after 10 visits and exploring, this area is very simple to understand and navigate. You can still park at the big free parking near the gas station before the town, or at The Dark Side. Jul 2, 2024