Elevation: 10,000 ft
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Description

Grand Mesa is a prominent, east-west landform capped by hard, volcanic basalt. The original basalt field may have had a surface area of up to 750 square miles, but due to extensive erosion, the present-day remnant is about 53 square miles. This remnant has a "Y-shaped" outline, with Crag Crest on the east forming the stem, and the Palisade and Flowing Park lobes forming the branches. Thickness of the in-place basalt ranges from about 600 feet near Crag Crest to less than 200 feet on the western tips of the lobes.

In general, the basalt is highly fractured and climbable buttresses are rare. However, occasional large volcanic flow events deposited layers of basalt up to 70 feet thick, creating steep, featured walls with amazing rock quality.

Reference: Cole, R.; Weston, K. Geological Society of America Meeting Abstract (2007).

Getting There

The Grand Mesa is most easily accessed from Grand Junction by driving east on I-70 to Exit 49 and heading south on CO Highway 65. The drive time is ~1 hour.

To access the western edge of the Palisade Lobe and the Land's End Area, it is recommended to drive south from Grand Junction on US Highway 50 ~13 miles, past the town of Whitewater, and head east on Kannah Creek Road. Follow the signs to Land's End, ~18 miles. The drive time also ~1 hour.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Grand Mesa

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Flat Rock Flight
Trad
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Get Crazy With the Cheese Wiz
Trad, Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 8
The Pika Strikes Back
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 7
Mass Wasting
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 4
Ft Mac Gravy Train
Trad, Sport
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 6
Jungle Gym
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Vesicle Joyride
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 8
Tribal Wisdom
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Topographic Reversal
Trad
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 7
Candy Striper
Sport
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 3
Basalt Assault
Trad, Alpine
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 4
New Vision
Sport
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 4
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 3
Ultramafic
Sport
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
 3
Fantasia
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Flat Rock Flight Land's End Area > Paleosol Wall
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Get Crazy With the Cheese Wiz Land's End Area > Paleosol Wall
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Sport
The Pika Strikes Back Land's End Area > Kaleidoscope Wall
 8
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Mass Wasting Land's End Area > Paleosol Wall
 7
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Ft Mac Gravy Train Land's End Area > Paleosol Wall
 4
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad, Sport
Jungle Gym Land's End Area > Paleosol Wall
 6
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Vesicle Joyride Land's End Area > Paleosol Wall
 4
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Tribal Wisdom Land's End Area > Beyond Civilization Wall
 8
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Topographic Reversal Land's End Area > Paleosol Wall
 3
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Candy Striper Land's End Area > Kaleidoscope Wall
 7
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Basalt Assault Flowing Park > Bionut Wall
 3
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine
New Vision Land's End Area > Beyond Civilization Wall
 4
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds Land's End Area > Kaleidoscope Wall
 4
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Sport
Ultramafic Land's End Area > Paleosol Wall
 3
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Fantasia Land's End Area > Kaleidoscope Wall
 3
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
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