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Areas in Dumont vicinity

Lisa Randall Wall 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Mill Creek Block 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Mill Creek Crag 11 / 12 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 22
Mill Creek Dome 7 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 13
Saint Mary's Glacier 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Trundle Wall 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Elevation: 8,350 ft
GPS: 39.788, -105.633 Google Map · Climbing Map
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Shared By: Leo Paik on Oct 5, 2011 with updates
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

Description

This is an area near I-70 and Dumont that has a few crags. There are at least 7 climbable crags in the vicinty and probably more. This entry will help facilitate adding additional crags, so it winds up being sort of an organizational entry.

There is granite and gneiss in this area. Some of the land is private, so be respectful of these issues.

Mill Creek follows the road and is a pleasant after climbing spot to cool down.

Parking is somewhat limited. Spots along the Frontage Road are posted as "no parking", so pay attention here. Parking along Mill Creek Road is also limited.
Please be respectful of the land! Details

Getting There

From the east, drive up I-70 west of Idaho Springs to exit 235. For the crags north of I-70, the National Forest boundary is ~2.2 miles north up Mill Creek Road.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Dumont vicinity

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
The Dirty Boulevard
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Prowler
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Deflator-Mouse
Trad, Sport
5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Randall Force
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Sweet Petite
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Strong Force
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Turning Point
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
El Gato Monte
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Scantily Trad
Trad
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Eye of the Tiger
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
How Can A Monkey Jump Over The Ocean ?
Trad, Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
The Strike
Sport
5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b
The Power Stripper
Trad, Sport
5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b
Sadhaka Yogi, aka The Seeker
Sport
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
Lou Reed
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Dirty Boulevard Mill Creek Crag 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Prowler Mill Creek Block 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Deflator-Mouse Mill Creek Crag 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Trad, Sport
Randall Force Lisa Randall Wall 5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a Sport
Sweet Petite Mill Creek Crag 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Strong Force Lisa Randall Wall 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
Turning Point Mill Creek Crag 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
El Gato Monte Mill Creek Block 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Scantily Trad Mill Creek Crag 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Trad
Eye of the Tiger Mill Creek Crag 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
How Can A Monkey Jump Over… Mill Creek Dome 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad, Sport
The Strike Mill Creek Block 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Sport
The Power Stripper Mill Creek Dome 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b Trad, Sport
Sadhaka Yogi, aka The Seeker Mill Creek Dome 5.12+ 7c 28 IX 27 E6 6b Sport
Lou Reed Mill Creek Crag 5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Trad
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Harald Harb
Dumont
Harald Harb   Dumont
Diana and I started putting routes and anchors up on Mill Creek Crag in 2008. We found one old rusty piton on a upper crack route, center right of the upper "Freeway" crack. Lots of toprope variations are fun there off the Freeway anchors, thin face hold climbing opportunities on the upper ledge. Climbing the piton crack on gear and top rope several times, it goes at about 5-9+. Cams can be placed at the bottom and are good, but small brass stoppers go in well at or near the top of the crack. You will need that one, or there is a likely fall down to the ledge, pulling the small ledge to the anchors, and, also more to the right of the crack, if you want to do laps, it goes anywhere from 5-10 to 5-11 practice. Great for a cold fall day fun, in the sun.

The most recent routes are all Richard Wright's. One day I called Richard to ask about the crux on Halidome's 6 pitch route (he put up). While we were discussing, I told him about our little climbing area at Mill Creek. He immediately came up and started working the routes, the rest is history. Diana and I did mostly everything on toprope or trad gear the first few years. Richard and I started bolting lower routes, and thanks to Richard's hard work, we now have a super climbing area on Mill Creek. Aug 27, 2016
Richard M. Wright
Lakewood, CO
Richard M. Wright   Lakewood, CO
On my one rap in, I used a 100 meter static line off one of the Cedar trees above. Just hiking up was nasty. 70 meters would certainly get you over the roof and probably touch ground. Aug 21, 2013
Donovan Allen
Subaru
Donovan Allen   Subaru
Richard - Thank you for the feedback. You're right about it being daunting. We'll see if I still have the drive to go through with it in about a month. I'd love to at least get an anchor station set up below the roof where my belayer could belay comfortably and clear a trail/ clean the (potential) first pitch. Perhaps I'll rap it myself. Did a single 70m work? Also, keep slaying the rock dragon, you're routes are great and the work/ money you put in is greatly appreciated by myself and my friends who live up Mill Creek. Thanks again. If ever you need help and I'm in the area, don't hesitate to ask. Aug 20, 2013
Richard M. Wright
Lakewood, CO
Richard M. Wright   Lakewood, CO
Re: DoNstamos question; "I have ambitions to put up that big horizontal roof crack and the first crack pitch leading up to it. I just wanted to see if that's not something you are sussing out, I may give her. I think it can go clean. Let me know if you got your eyes on that, I'll cool my jets."

I have twice checked out the crack/roof system, and I rapped over it once. I am confident that it will go free as would several other lines through the roof. The main crack on the left would be stellar. Furthermore, there are many other potentially fine routes to be done on this crag. While the big tree that fell over the creek provides easy access, what I found in checking it out was discouraging. The approach is a major thrash through a lot of nasty briar, tumbled trees, and tangled vegetation. The crag itself and the face below the roof would require a huge amount of cleaning. I have yet to discover an easy way to get things set up just to get started. One could carve out a path from the fallen tree to the crag, which would be a good start, but the overall work involved in getting the roof crack established would be daunting. So at this point, I have no further plans to touch it. Aug 5, 2013
Richard M. Wright
Lakewood, CO
Richard M. Wright   Lakewood, CO
It would seem to me that Harald and Diana have been lots more busy than myself in getting routes established at the Dumont crags!!! Jun 26, 2012
Richard M. Wright
Lakewood, CO
Richard M. Wright   Lakewood, CO
I was up working on the roof routes at MCD today. A woman from the cabin downstream approached with her two guard dogs and asked if I was climbing on the dome above. I responded that "yes ma'am. I was just getting ready to head up". Her response caught me off guard: "Oh, that's wonderful", she said. "Have you seen the goats, they come down from Mt. Evans." I thought I had stepped through a time warp. Nov 6, 2011

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