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Routes in East Colfax

2**6 S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Another Earth S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Aurora Sports Park S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Earth First S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Earth Mover S 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
East Colfax T,S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c PG13
Fill In The Blanks S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
For The Grandchildren S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
For the Children S 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Good Earth, The S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Handy Work T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
Heaven & Earth S 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Hunting Party S 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
I Did! I Did! S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Just A Smidgen Harder S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
One For All S 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Planet Earth S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Speeding Ticket S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Steve's Wild Turkey Day S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Sylvester S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
To the Ends of the Earth S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Tweety S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Warn 'er T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
When I'm 64 S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Wild Bore S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
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East Colfax is located on the west side of Tunnel 6. It is by the tyrolean to get across the river by The Armory; however, you do not cross the river. The cliff gets its name because like East Colfax, it's a little rough but really not that bad and has a lot to offer.

Eds. there are raspberries growing in the area.

Getting There

Park past Tunnel 6, walk towards the tunnel on the river side. Walk past the tyrol, and East Colfax is on your right. It is about a 100 foot wall.

Eds. this is opposite from The Armory on the north side of the road. You don't cross the river to get to this crag. The approach time is ~5 minutes.

The slope up to the upper right climbs has been improved, but it still is a hazard for those below. Note, some kid groups gather to climb the slabby routes at the base of this gully!


Warner Brothers Pinnacle
A. Warn 'er, 9-, 1p, 70', gear.
B. Tweety, 9, 1p, 65', bolts.
C. I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat, 10-, 1p, 65', bolts.
D. Sylvester, 8, 1p, 60', bolts.
E. I Did! I Did!, 5, 1p, 50', bolts.
F. Handy Work, 4, 1p, 50', gear.

Main East Colfax Crag
H. For the Children, 4, 1p, 30', bolts.
above H. Just a Smidgen Harder, 10+, 2p.
I. One For All, 5, 1p, 50', bolts.
J. For The Grandchildren, 4 or 5, 1p, 50', bolts, +/- gear.
extension of J. Aurora Sports Park, 11, 70', bolts.
K1. East Colfax, 11- PG-13, 1p, 110', bolts & gear.
K2. Fill In The Blanks, 8+, 1p, 70', bolts.
L. Steve's Wild Turkey Day, 7, 1p, 80', bolts.
M. Wild Bore, 7, 1p, 90', bolts.
N. Speeding Ticket, 7, 1p, 80', bolts.
O. When I'm 64, 6, 1p, 60', bolts.
PO. 2**6, 6, 1p, 60', bolts.
Q. Hunting Party, 10, 1p, 50', bolts.
R. The Good Earth, 11, 1p, 60', bolts
S. Earth Mover, 12, 1p, 70', bolts.
TU. Heaven & Earth, 11, 1p, 70', to be placed bolts.
U. Earth First, 9+, 1p, 60', bolts.
V. Planet Earth, 11-, 1p, 60', bolts.
W. Another Earth, 11-, 1p, 50', bolts.
X. To the Ends of the Earth, 9, 1p, 50', bolts.

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5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
I Did! I Did!
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Speeding Ticket
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
When I'm 64
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Wild Bore
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Steve's Wild Turkey Day
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Fill In The Blanks
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Hunting Party
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Just A Smidgen Harder
Sport 2 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Planet Earth
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Heaven & Earth
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
Aurora Sports Park
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
The Good Earth
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
I Did! I Did!
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Sport
Speeding Ticket
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
When I'm 64
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
Wild Bore
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Steve's Wild Turkey Day
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Fill In The Blanks
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Hunting Party
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Just A Smidgen Harder
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport 2 pitches
Planet Earth
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Heaven & Earth
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Aurora Sports Park
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
The Good Earth
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
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Kevin P
Kevin P   Loveland
What a great area for beginning leaders. Well bolted moderate routes. A little off the highway, so it is not so noisy. Jan 21, 2014
Kev V
The mitten
Kev V   The mitten
There appear to be about five more bolted routes to the right up that gully - any beta? Ran up a couple, mostly one-move wonders. May 10, 2014
I am curious, what information is available about all the sport routes about Hunting Party at E. Colfax? Any info is appreciated. Climb on. Jun 28, 2014
Greg Hand
Golden, CO
Greg Hand   Golden, CO
Found a pair of size 42 La Sportiva shoes at the base this morning.
They were wet from overnight. PM me to get them back. Jul 16, 2014
Leo Paik
Westminster, Colorado
Leo Paik   Westminster, Colorado  
Found chalkbag left near tyrolean. Jul 20, 2014
Evergreen, CO
JohnEdsonStagg   Evergreen, CO
Whomever conditioned the approach trail to East Colfax, thank you so much. You did a fantastic job. It looked like a lot of work! Sep 9, 2014
Eric Carlos
Chattanooga, TN
Eric Carlos   Chattanooga, TN
Is this crag on the north or south side of the road? Oct 16, 2014
Jay Eggleston
Jay Eggleston   Denver
It's on the north side of the road. Oct 16, 2014
Will Shaw
Boulder, Colorado
Will Shaw   Boulder, Colorado
If you left a pair of shoes here on the 19th, PM me and I'll get them back to you. Oct 21, 2014
Jeremy C
Golden, CO
Jeremy C   Golden, CO
Cool spot with a super easy approach and some decent routes. The few times that I've been, there were a lot of people there! The upper right area still has a lot of loose, toaster-sized rocks just waiting to get kicked down into the crowds below. Be careful. Jun 16, 2015
Denver, Colorado
ClimbrJohn   Denver, Colorado
If you left a pair of shoes 6/19/2015, PM me. Jun 20, 2015
Found a pair for climbing shoe at East Colfax that belong to the girl who was climbing with an inspiring amputee yesterday. I have your shoes! Message me to get them back! Jun 23, 2015
Jack Riggi
Evergreen, Colorado
Jack Riggi   Evergreen, Colorado
Good day,

As requested in our Clear Creek County permit, EWG is provided a courtesy notice that we will be conducted a morning course at the easier routes on East Colfax Area, CCC on 7-23-15. Please let us know if you have any conflicts. Jul 22, 2015
Tom Theisen
Golden Colorado
Tom Theisen   Golden Colorado
Thanks to all for being considerate of the wedding that took place on Saturday the 8th. Aug 10, 2015
Picked up a belay device and locking carabiner. Message me if yours is missing. Sep 7, 2015
Lakewood, CO
JK1   Lakewood, CO
I found a jacket on Sunday, October 11th by East Colfax climbing area. Message me with a description, and I will get it back to you. Oct 12, 2015
Found a gray, chunky, knit scarf this morning at East Colfax area. Message me if it's yours! Oct 17, 2015
I left a purple sling with a few Petzl and BD quickdraws near this crag a few weeks ago. If anyone has seen this gear, please message or give me a call at 404-345-7307, thanks! Mar 7, 2016
Anarkissed d
Denver, CO
Anarkissed d   Denver, CO
I dropped my Black Diamond Positron screwgate on March 6 over near the bottom of the gully near Wild Bore.

It was a beautiful Sunday, so the area was very busy with nearly every route being worked on. When I realized I had dropped it, I asked the group next to me, and they said someone picked it up, asked if it was theirs, they responded that it wasn't, and that person left with it.

My mistake for dropping it, but (probably directed at new climbers, which appear to be very common at this area) on a very crowded day, don't go around picking up random gear and assuming it doesn't belong to anyone. If you're the type of person on the prowl for lost gear, go at the end of the day after everyone has left, not while people are distracted with their activities climbing and belaying and whatnot.

I'll surely take it back if that person who found it is kind enough. Mar 10, 2016
Lost a GoPro with a head strap yesterday (3/12/16) in parking area before the approach to East Colfax.
If found, please, please, please contact me! Thank you climbing community!
720-556-3552 Mar 13, 2016
I left my Scarpa Vapors down by the Warner Bros Wall. Please let me know if you find them 9287070613. Jun 12, 2016
Lost a pair of sunglasses in a black Ray Ban case beneath Wild Bore and Steve's Wild Turkey Day on Thurs., 6/09. I stopped by over the weekend but couldn't find them. They're prescription, so I'd love to get them back...please call me at 9149076312 if you found them! Jun 13, 2016
I found some silver frame sunglasses with mirrored lenses climbing on Saturday 7/30. If they are yours and you want them back, let me know! Aug 4, 2016
Colorado School of Mines will have a group of 6 total climbers at East Colfax crag 9-10-2016 from 7am to 3pm. Sep 9, 2016
Aron B
Aron B   Germany
Great area for beginners and intermediate climbers. Also great to teach rope techniques and anchor cleaning. We had a blast!
The approach is easy, all anchors were bomber. Mar 24, 2017
Found a pair of green/gray Evolv shoes, US 8, Euro 41. May 14, 2017
If you were climbing by the tyrolean in EC 6/2/17 and booked when it started to sprinkle, I have the piece of gear you left hanging on the tree. Shoot me a message to ID it and get it back.
Cheers! Jun 2, 2017
Peter D Daniels
Denver, CO
Peter D Daniels   Denver, CO
Great place for beginner sport leads and into some moderates. Plus, one 5.4 beginner trad lead. I can't speak to the routes above 5.9. There's even a two bolt practice anchor just left of the start on For the Children to practice setting up and cleaning sport anchors. Went there with my partner and her 10 year old son today. We all had a blast. Big thanks to those who developed this crag. Jun 9, 2017
I haven't seen shit for hookers here. Wtf Jun 24, 2017
FOUND a pair of men's shoes at Colfax on 7/20. PM me a description, and they will happily be returned! Jul 22, 2017
Glasses found near main crag. Brought to Earth Treks in Golden if they are yours. Oct 7, 2017
Oh no! I lost a mitten there today (11/4/17) near Warner Bros. If anyone finds it, please let me know! Nov 4, 2017
Top rope city this summer on the right side of the wall where a lot of the fun 10s and 11s are. Be forewarned, and plan an early start to beat them. Nov 30, 2017
All the routes at East Colfax are bolted with 2x as many bolts as are necessary - it makes it nice for nervous people, but clipping a bolt every move is huge overkill for all but the greenest of the green leader. Skip ‘em if you don’t need ‘em!

That being said, the climbs are out of the way of the highway and in a gorgeous setting. Worth visiting with your friends who are newish to rock climbing. Mar 16, 2018

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