Elevation: 6,016 ft
GPS: 38.891, -108.509 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Nick Reecy on Nov 13, 2014
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Jesse Zacher, Monomaniac, Bradley Mark Edwards, Nick Reecy, Tyler KC, Jared LaVacque

Description

The Mecca area is the first group of boulders encountered when heading west from the green gate parking area. Most of the boulders in the group are exposed and receive plenty of sunshine making it an ideal winter destination, but the lack of shade can make for a blistering summer session. Snow melt and heavy rain can turn the soil into peanut butter, and biting gnats greedily suck the blood of any living creature during late spring through early summer. Nonetheless, the area can be bouldered during each season, if done at the right time of day with a keen eye for aspect.

In general, Mecca isn't a one-stop tickfest that is characteristic of more popular areas. Most of the boulders are spread out, and possess only a line or two on each of them. In addition, chalk-filled lines and manicured landings exist on only a few of the more popular boulders. This may lead some to believe their efforts are the first of their kind, but closer inspection often reveals evidence of prior efforts. The area has been the host of many, impressively strong climbers, that sent and left without documenting their efforts. Regardless of the rich and nebulous bouldering history, there are many untouched lines remaining for those interested.

Overall, the rock quality is fantastic and landings are remarkably good. Problems are predominately vertical and crimpy, this promotes a controlled, finger-wrenching technical style. Be sure to allow the boulders some drying time after rain and snowmelt. Stick to the trails where they exist, and pack your trash out.

Classic must-see boulders include Mecca, Birdhouse, Moby Dick, Hueco, and Gunny Gold. Each of these has a good number of problems that climb excellent rock over flat landings.

Getting There

From the green gate parking area (be sure to close it), head down hill, cross East Creek, and you're there. The boulders can be accessed by taking either a left or right at the dirt track. In addition, there are numerous foot paths/cattle trails that access the area's boulders. The area is large, but the furthest boulder takes no more than 10 minutes to walk to.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Mecca Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
 4
Dollar A Scoop
Boulder
V2 5+
 4
Brown Sugar
Boulder
V2 5+
 7
Johnny Don't Surf
Boulder
V3 6A
 5
Personal Flotation Device
Boulder
V3 6A
 12
Better Than Biking
Boulder
V4 6B
 15
Ping Pong
Boulder
V4 6B
 11
Western Implements
Boulder
V4 6B
 5
Hueco Problem
Boulder
V4 6B
 7
Rock Lobster
Boulder
V5 6C
 4
Ishmael
Boulder
V6 7A
 50
Chinese Algebra
Boulder
V6 7A
 4
Blubber
Boulder
V6 7A
 4
Dapper Dan
Boulder
V7 7A+
 5
Northern Ghosts
Boulder
V8 7B
 3
Northern Ghosts Low
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Dollar A Scoop Mecca Boulder
 4
V1 5 Boulder
Brown Sugar Mecca Boulder
 4
V2 5+ Boulder
Johnny Don't Surf Mecca Boulder
 7
V2 5+ Boulder
Personal Flotation Device Moby Dick Boulder
 5
V3 6A Boulder
Better Than Biking Mecca Boulder
 12
V3 6A Boulder
Ping Pong Mecca Boulder
 15
V4 6B Boulder
Western Implements Moby Dick Boulder
 11
V4 6B Boulder
Hueco Problem Hueco Boulder
 5
V4 6B Boulder
Rock Lobster Mecca Boulder
 7
V4 6B Boulder
Ishmael Moby Dick Boulder
 4
V5 6C Boulder
Chinese Algebra Mecca Boulder
 50
V6 7A Boulder
Blubber Moby Dick Boulder
 4
V6 7A Boulder
Dapper Dan Mecca Boulder
 4
V6 7A Boulder
Northern Ghosts Hueco Boulder
 5
V7 7A+ Boulder
Northern Ghosts Low Hueco Boulder
 3
V8 7B Boulder
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