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AC Separation S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Ketosis S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Radial Nerve S 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Recovery S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Rest and Recovery S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
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Description [Suggest Change]

This is a fairly slabby wall high up a hill in the upper canyon. The routes are all fairly moderate in nature and you are not likely to run into other people. You may see people down at the East Colfax area a long ways below and across the river. The wall faces south and gets a lot of sun. The rock is the typical type of rock found in the canyon.


A. Recovery, 9+, 1p, 60', bolts.
B. Ketosis, 10, 1p, 70', bolts.
C. Rest and Recovery, 9, 1p, 120', bolts.
D1. AC Separation, 10-, 1p, 75', bolts.
D2. Radial Nerve, 10, 1p, 75', bolts.

Getting There [Suggest Change]

Park in the same spot as for all the crags west of tunnel six. Both of the newest guidebooks list the parking as 12.8 miles up the canyon from the intersection of US 6, CO 93, and CO 58. The parking is on the right after a guard rail.

From the parking, hike east next to the creek until you reach a tyrolean which starts at a tree (right at East Colfax crag). Cross the creek on the tyrolean, and head east next to the stream. You will pass the Armory crag and come to a faint trail which heads up the hill to your left. Some cairns mark the course of the trail. The trail goes up to the Conspiracy Cliff, and this wall is to the right.

Bat Alert

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Per Jessica Hysert: beware of bats! There is a family of bats living in the flake above the crux of A.C. Separation.

Kid/dog caution

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The left two routes require a bit of scrambling to gain the sloping base. Use caution with dogs and/or kids, particularly in snowy conditions.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Healing Center

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Rest and Recovery
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
AC Separation
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
Radial Nerve
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Rest and Recovery
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
AC Separation
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Radial Nerve
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
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Geoff U
Centennial, CO
Geoff U   Centennial, CO
I am not a slab fan, but these were great and worth the hike! No friction smearing stuff - pretty featured. Feb 19, 2015
Jay W.
Longmont, CO
Jay W.   Longmont, CO
I really liked the climbs that I did up here, but the approach was heinous. No trail to speak off, loose rock, and lots of vegetation on the way up. Took a longer route back down which was better in regards to loose rock but still had a lot of bushwhacking. The climbing was really good up there, just not sure if it was worth the hike up. Jun 28, 2015
Jay Eggleston
Jay Eggleston   Denver
The approach is heinous for Clear Creek but much easier than some other places I have gone to recently. Jul 24, 2015
two chains
Fucken Zion
two chains   Fucken Zion
Not worth it!!!!!! At all!!! 2 climbs on the right meet a the same anchors.... Lazy ass/cheap. One climb you need a 70m rope (who the fuck is going to lug up a 70?) one line was bolted on a death flake. Tread lightly!!!! Also Luke didn't seem to trundle any other section of the rock.... If you don't rap the exact bolt line, you might kill your partner and dog. I just barely steped on a loose block and sent down a microwave-sizer down.... My partner superman'ed out of the way just barely missing him and the dog! It's a long ass way down if you get hurt up here!!!
Also the grade here are all 5.9s, no 5.10 moves exist on this wall.

Better climbing exists down by Promio!!!
Though if you like sun canser, you will like this crag.

Only good thing about this crag... you will be in solitude with the rattlers. Aug 30, 2016
Kevin Capps
Golden, CO
Kevin Capps   Golden, CO
Easy there, 2chains. These climbs are fun, and it's a great way to avoid crowds. Put up just one quality line in the canyon, and you'll see how hard it is to clean routes. How about a little less trolling. Aug 30, 2016
Jessica Hysert
Golden, CO
Jessica Hysert   Golden, CO
Beware of bats! There is a family of bats living in the flake above the crux of A.C. Separation. Please respect them by either going left an avoiding the flake or not doing the route. The bottom half up to, and including, the crux is shared with Radial Nerve, so just do that instead. Fun crux. Approach is slippery, even without snow. Wear appropriate shoes. Aug 16, 2017
Jacob B  
It's a lot of fun! Nice and secluded. Don't forget to check yourself for ticks, we found a few crawling on us after the approach. May 4, 2018

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