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Elevation: 7,060 ft 2,152 m
GPS: 39.74438, -105.40288
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Description Suggest change

With direct southern exposure, this makes for an excellent winter crag with some quality routes and already has become very popular. This crag offers a few 10s, 11s, and a fine selection of 12s. The lack of highway noise also makes this crag a worthwhile visit. Most of the routes were established between 2015-2017 and still have plenty of loose rock and lichen. A helmet is suggested even for belaying.

L->R:

A. Cruisin' Caskets, 8, 1p, 75', bolts.
B. Six Feet Under, 9+, 1p, 80', bolts.
C. Tomb Raider, 12-, 1p, 50', bolts.
D.The Reaper, 10+, 1p, 75', bolts.
E. Reincarnation, 10, 1p, 75', bolts.
F. Afterlife, 10-, 1p, 75', bolts.
G. Ugoogoly, 10, 1p, 85', bolts.
H. Till Death Do Us Part, 6, 1p, 70', gear.
I1, The Walking Dead, 12, 1p, 40', bolts.
I2. Back From the Dead, 12, 1p, 40', bolts.
J. Low Priest, 9, 1p, 50', bolts.
above J. High Priest, 12, 1p, 75', gear & bolts.
K.City of the Dead, 12-, 1p, 85', bolts.
L. Ernest Stemmingway, 11-, 1p, 80', bolts.
M. Grave Digger, 12, 1p, 65', bolts.
N1. Dia de Los Muertos , 12-, 1p, 60', bolts.
N2. Exhumation, V2+ PG-13, 12'.
N3. Hellbender, 12, 1p, 65', bolts.
O. Spinal Tap, 11+, 1p, 65', bolts.
P. Bone Daddy, 9, 1p, 60', bolts.
Q. The Undertaker, 10-, 2p, 130', bolts.

Getting There Suggest change

From the Catslab parking area, hike east (downriver) on the Peaks to Plains Trail. Follow the trail for about 0.5 mile as the trail makes a large U turn and starts heading back west. Keep your eyes open for a trail on the right side of the bike path leading up to the base of the crag. Expect a 10-15 minute approach.

New as of 6/25/21: per Daniel Dunn, Stewardship Manager, BCC: in 2021 the BCC, Clear Creek County trail crew, and volunteers built a new approach trail to the cliff. Continue past the old, closed trail for about 30 seconds, and start up where the crag sign is located. This new approach only adds a minute or two to the overall time and is much more sustainable.

Per Zachariah Dzielinski: after the U turn, the original steep trails directly up the side of the mountain have been closed off, take the relatively new and less-steep trail that is further past and on the right side. Potentially marked by a cairn (if it's still up), this trail heads up along the rock face directly to the Dia de los Muertos and Spinal Tap areas. 

22 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Graveyard

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 142
Cruisin' Caskets
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 288
Afterlife
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 220
Six Feet Under
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 180
Bone Daddy
Sport
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 340
Ugoogoly
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 302
Reincarnation
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 195
The Reaper
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 387
Ernest Stemmingway
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 259
Spinal Tap
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 143
City of the Dead
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 322
Dia de Los Muertos
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a
 235
Hellbender
Sport
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a V4-5 6B+ M12- A2-
 128
Tomb Raider
Sport, Aid, Boulder, Mixed
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 110
Grave Digger
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 120
The Walking Dead
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Cruisin' Caskets
 142
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport
Afterlife
 288
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
Six Feet Under
 220
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Bone Daddy
 180
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Ugoogoly
 340
5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Reincarnation
 302
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Reaper
 195
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Ernest Stemmingway
 387
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Spinal Tap
 259
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
City of the Dead
 143
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Dia de Los Muertos
 322
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Hellbender
 235
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a Sport
Tomb Raider
 128
5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a V4-5 6B+ M12- A2- Sport, Aid, Boulder, Mixed
Grave Digger
 110
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Walking Dead
 120
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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Routes Mostly Face: South
Sunny Roughly 9am to 2pm during high season
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Details: Sun crested below the ridge, relative to the belay ledge by 2:00 pm on Dec 8 (13 days from the winter solstice).

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