Elevation: 7,060 ft
GPS: 39.744, -105.403 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Furthermore on Jan 15, 2018 with improvements by Alex S
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac
Access Issue: Seasonal Raptor Closures & Rockfall Mitigation Project Details

Description

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. Six Feet Under, 9+, 1p, 80', bolts.
B. Tomb Raider, 12-, 1p, 50', bolts.
C.The Reaper, 10+, 1p, 75', bolts.
D. Reincarnation, 10, 1p, 75', bolts.
E. Afterlife, 10-, 1p, 75', bolts.
F. Ugoogoly, 10, 1p, 85', bolts.
G1, The Walking Dead, 12, 1p, 40', bolts.
G2. Back From the Dead, 12, 1p, 40', bolts.
H. City of the Dead, 12-, 1p, 85', bolts.
I. Ernest Stemmingway, 11-, 1p, 80', bolts.
J. Grave Digger, 12, 1p, 65', bolts.
K1. Dia de Los Muertos , 12-, 1p, 60', bolts.
K2. Hellbender, 12, 1p, 65', bolts.
L. Spinal Tap, 11+, 1p, 65', bolts.
M. The Undertaker, 10-, 2p, 130', bolts.

Getting There

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.

15 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.
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 72
Afterlife
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 27
The Undertaker
Sport 2 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 74
Ugoogoly
Sport
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 68
Reincarnation
Sport
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 30
The Reaper
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 80
Ernest Stemmingway
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 58
Spinal Tap
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 22
City of the Dead
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 65
Dia de Los Muertos
Sport
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 17
Tomb Raider
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 23
Grave Digger
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 51
Hellbender
Sport
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 27
The Walking Dead
Sport
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 14
Back From the Dead
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Afterlife
 72
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
The Undertaker
 27
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport 2 pitches
Ugoogoly
 74
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Reincarnation
 68
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
The Reaper
 30
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
Ernest Stemmingway
 80
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Spinal Tap
 58
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
City of the Dead
 22
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Dia de Los Muertos
 65
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Tomb Raider
 17
5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Grave Digger
 23
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
Hellbender
 51
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
The Walking Dead
 27
5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Back From the Dead
 14
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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Sun & Shade

Routes Mostly Face: South
Sunny Roughly 9am to 2pm during high season
6am
8pm
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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Nick Schlichtman
Golden, CO
Nick Schlichtman   Golden, CO
Visited this area for the first time this weekend. From what I can tell, it's likely this will become a popular area due to a nice selection of quality climbs.

The approach trail that seems to be used the most will deteriorate and erode quickly. Another 30 or 40 ft further is a much more gentle slope on stable, rocky terrain that will be much more sustainable.

Wanting to just start a conversation and see what would be the best way to facilitate a change of trail. Jan 21, 2018
Kevin Capps
Golden, CO
Kevin Capps   Golden, CO
Nick, I thought the same thing. It would be much more sustainable coming in from the left with the lower angle, and there are much bigger rocks over there as well. Jan 21, 2018
Brandon Ribblett
Breckenridge, CO
Brandon Ribblett   Breckenridge, CO
Anyone have an idea what the route is to the right of Dia and to the left of Spinal Tap? Can't seem to find it here. The crux is a fairly large move to a sloping flat edge, around 12a/b? Hellbender? Mar 12, 2018