Elevation: 7,857 ft
GPS: 41.18, -105.328 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Christina kalb on Jul 20, 2014 with updates from Skip Harper
Admins: Mike Snyder, Jake Dickerson, Taylor Spiegelberg, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Aeon Aki
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Access Issue: Dirt roads reopened as of June 2014 Details
Access Issue: Road 700B is closed to vehicular traffic Details

Description

The Maze is an outlying crag from Central Vedauwoo, approximately double the distance to from the start of the dirt road to Reynold's Hill. It contains single pitch climbing with a large collection of chimneys. The maze is really maze-like with several routes starting in hidden chimneys and corridors.

Getting There

Drive Vedauwoo Road until you reach 700B. 700B is about 5 miles from the spot where Vedauwoo Road becomes a dirt road. Per Skip Harper, 700B is 'semi-permanently' closed to vehicular traffic as of early 2014, so park near the closed gate. You can still reach the area by walking a short way down road 700B until you reach a faint trail on the left. You can easily identify the faint trail by the well established trail that is on the right, directly across from the faint trail on the left. This road soon intersects with an older road which curves around northward (near Crow Creek) and heads straight at the formation. It's roughly a 20-25 minute hike from the start of 700B. When the rock is first visible, you are looking at the east side.

Alternatively, you can stay on 700b as it starts out in a northerly direction, taking a decisively west turn near a fence in about 1/2 mile. About 300 yards further along, take Road 700ba heading south up over a small rise and down into a little valley where you will see the Maze.

If 700B is ever reopened, know that it's a 4x4 drive road and again turn left onto 700BA to reach the Maze.

Access

Per Skip Harper: it appears the USFS has 'semi-permanently' closed off Road 700b to vehicular traffic as of early 2014. That doesn't mean you can't hike the existing road(s) into the formation.

Park near the closed gate. Stay on 700b as it starts out in a northerly direction, taking a decisively west turn near a fence in about 1/2 mile. About 300 yards further along, take Road 700ba heading south up over a small rise and down into a little valley where you will see this most unusual formation.

Alternatively, about 200 yards past the gate across the road, take off westward across an open meadow curiously spotted with granite blocks (placed here to dissuade mudboggers) where you will soon come across an older road which curves around northward (near Crow Creek) and heads straight at the formation. Either way you hike in you can't miss Amaze-ing. It will be roughly a mile and you won't save 5 minutes one way or the other.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Maze (aka Amaze-ing)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
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Short Stuff
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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 14
Mirror Images (aka Tuber's Birth…
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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 6
Turd Launcher
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5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 18
Sweet Nothings
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5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 26
Stepford Wives
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5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 24
Cosmic Quarantine
Sport
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
 63
The Convict
Sport
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 3
Not Long Enough
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5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 7
Pandora's Box has Cracked
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5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 12
Befuddled
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5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 9
Conjugal Visit
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5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
The Shocker
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5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 8
Christie's Ultimatum
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5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
 8
The Gates of Lodore
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Short Stuff
 8
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Mirror Images (aka Tuber's…
 14
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Turd Launcher
 6
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad
Sweet Nothings
 18
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad
Stepford Wives
 26
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad
Cosmic Quarantine
 24
5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
The Convict
 63
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c Sport
Not Long Enough
 3
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad
Pandora's Box has Cracked
 7
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad
Befuddled
 12
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Conjugal Visit
 9
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
The Shocker
 5
5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b Trad
Christie's Ultimatum
 8
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
The Gates of Lodore
 8
5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
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It appears the USFS has 'semi-permanently' closed off Road 700b to vehicular traffic as of early 2014. That doesn't mean you can't hike the existing road(s) into the formation. Park near the closed gate. Stay on 700b as it starts out in a northerly direction, taking a decisively west turn near a fence in about 1/2 mile. About 300 yards further along, take Road 700ba heading south up over a small rise and down into a little valley where you will see this most unusual formation. Alternatively, about 200 yards past the gate across the road, take off westward across an open meadow curiously spotted with granite blocks (placed here to dissuade mudboggers) where you will soon come across an older road which curves around northward (near Crow Creek) and heads straight at the formation. Either way you hike in you can't miss Amaze-ing. It will be roughly a mile and you won't save 5 minutes one way or the other. Oct 14, 2014