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Elevation: 4,554 ft 1,388 m
GPS: 42.291, -104.7564
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The rock quality at the Red and White Grotto walls has been noted as highly varied and unpredictable. One person was injured here in Summer 2021 due to rock fall, and required rescue. Please use extreme caution when climbing in this area, even on seemingly safe sections of wall.

The area is readily seen from the north end of the dam looking east when on Lake Shore Drive. The red rock is iron stained ortho-quartzite and the capping gray rock is dolomite.

Because these formation contain only intermittent cracks yet provide many features of good sport climbing like open palm holds, pockets, steep walls and roofs, the area will be easier for those with a big repertoire of climbing techniques i.e. crack & face. Bob Scarpelli jokingly said of the area, "The climbing is at least a [number]? grade easier after knowing out how to move through a zone." This complexity is especially noticeable for the climbs along the Red Clove Wall. No crank and climb here but there are a few lunge and hang opportunities here! Feet above you head may be useful.

Getting There Suggest change

Drive just north of MM 2 on Rd 317 and go east on the gravel CCC Museum road that winds clockwise around the conical hill NE of this junction. Near the northeastern side of the hill on this road are two green traffic gates (normally open) where a 2-track just ahead-east of the gates splits off to the left. Your parking pulloff is here. Begin the hike .65 miles by going NE past the boulders closing the 2-track for about 100 feet to a carin and footpath on the right.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Area 5: Red and White Grotto Walls

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 7
Blue Haired Level Headed Bar Maid
Sport
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 4
Shotgun Love
Sport
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 6
Fun Hog
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 5
Leaving Stonerville
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 7
Confronting Anxiety
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
Another Parallel Universe
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 6
Modeling Walrus Fashion
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 7
Visiting Red Lodge
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
Killed by Digital Dryfire
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
Time isn't holding Us
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 4
bric-a-brac
Sport
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 7
Open Air Theatre
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 4
Pursuing the Red Baron
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 4
Go Right or Get Left
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 5
Escher's Stairs
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Blue Haired Level Headed Ba… Switchbax Power Towe…
 7
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Shotgun Love Switchbax Power Towe…
 4
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Fun Hog Switchbax Power Towe…
 6
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Leaving Stonerville Switchbax Power Towe…
 5
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Confronting Anxiety Switchbax Power Towe…
 7
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport
Another Parallel Universe Hot Cinnamon Wall
 4
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Modeling Walrus Fashion Hot Cinnamon Wall
 6
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Visiting Red Lodge Red Clove Wall
 7
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Killed by Digital Dryfire Hot Cinnamon Wall
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Time isn't holding Us Hot Cinnamon Wall
 4
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
bric-a-brac Switchbax Power Towe…
 4
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Open Air Theatre Hot Cinnamon Wall
 7
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Sport
Pursuing the Red Baron Red Clove Wall
 4
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Go Right or Get Left Hot Cinnamon Wall
 4
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Escher's Stairs Switchbax Power Towe…
 5
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
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