Type: Sport, 75 ft
FA: Rick Thompson & Bob D'Antonio, 1999
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Shared By: William Prehm on Dec 31, 2000
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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To find this route, make your way down the Cactus Cliff line far to the right of the parking lot. Close to the end of the cliff, you will come across a large dihedral alcove with three crack systems on the left of the dihedral. On the right arete will be a bolted route with a roof half way up it and another large roof higher that has a couple of bolts on its lip. LaCholla Jackson is the route to the left of the arete with a finger crack start.

This has fun climbing past ten bolts. It is highly recommended. This is a good warm-up climb for this area or a nice intermediate climber lead.


10 quickdraws and 2 anchors.
Jeff Lockyer
Canmore, AB
Jeff Lockyer   Canmore, AB
As the book says, this route is '5.8' and very enjoyable for the grade, a great warmup on long good quality rock (except for some things just right of the bolt line towards the top 15 feet) This is for sure a 3 star route and everyone should enjoy climbing 'la-choya'. Climb hard. Apr 12, 2002
Brad Short
Saudia Aurora, CO
Brad Short   Saudia Aurora, CO
I think the route can be made 5.9 by staying slightly left of the bolts. But the path of least resistance stays on the bolt line, and sometimes uses cracks right of the bolts. Moderate routes don't get much better than this. Mar 10, 2003
Englewood, CO
ROC   Englewood, CO
Great climb to run some laps on to get a good burn at the end of the day. Mar 21, 2004
Jeremy Monahan
Fort Fun, CO
Jeremy Monahan   Fort Fun, CO
Watch out for loose stuff at the top. I took off a head-sized chunk that would have killed someone not paying attention! There is a lot more in the crack at the top on the climber's right, so stay away. Great route anyways. Mar 28, 2004
Dan Battin
Dan Battin  
I thought La Cholla was a 5.8. Nov 3, 2004
Nate Oakes  
Climbed this route yesterday, found it quite enjoyable. Found the crux to be near the 5th and 6th bolts. Well-protected, good holds, clean rock until the top. Watch for a semi-loose chalked rock to the right near the 10th bolt. May 14, 2007
Dean Cool
Boulder, CO
Dean Cool   Boulder, CO
I think this route gets a bit harder if you don't use (and I wouldn't) the two lose holds near the 10th clip. Sort of pumpy for a 5.8- like the Sharp End book states. Nov 12, 2007
Westminster, CO
jarthur   Westminster, CO
Be careful on this one. The gully to the left dropped about (10) 20-40lb blocks about 2 feet from my wife's head. By far the scariest thing I've ever witnessed especially seeing them coming right down on top of her. This happened without warning. No animals, or people present above the cliff. Just a sandy rocky gully at the top. Needless to say I went out and bought her a helmet the next day. Oh yeah the climbing was pretty cool. Mar 24, 2008
Steve Knapp
Highlands Ranch, CO
Steve Knapp   Highlands Ranch, CO
This is a fantastic route. I felt the crux was around the 2nd bolt, the crack is too thin for use there but there are some good pockets. Look around closely for footholds, they are there. Above that the route is consistent 5.8 with some nice hand jams and small ledges for feet. There even a section to use a crack for the right hand and another for the left. Cool! Super fun route and highly recommended for moderate leaders. Mostly left handed clips, probably easier to keep most of the draws on the left side of your harness. Climbed it twice today. Nov 22, 2008
Luke Childers
Luke Childers  
Nice line. Soft for the grade. I felt it was more in the 5.7 range, but very much worth climbing. The anchors were in a strange place. I think if they were where the last bolt currently exist it would make more since, but that is just nit picking. Great route and all should climb before just walking by it. Jan 2, 2009
5.7? No way. This is a great route, and considering the location and skills needed to red point, this route it is not in the 5.7 range. If this were in the South Platte maybe 5.7. Jan 16, 2009
Ben Cassedy
Denver, CO
Ben Cassedy   Denver, CO
As good as advertised and didn't seem all that hard for 5.8. Continuous but varied movement, nice (but somewhat polished) rock, neat line, great setting. The only downside is that it's hard to get on during a weekend. Nov 21, 2010
Careful about loose rock on this route (and Cactus Cliff in general). Holds are marked with Xs, but recently a large hold broke off, hit my belayer, and caused an ER visit. Jun 27, 2011
Kyle Judson
Kyle Judson   Colorado
Getting polished but overall a fun climb. Good varied face and crack moves. Jul 18, 2011
Gets really slippery in the sun. Jan 26, 2016
Matthew Windchime
Matthew Windchime   denver
This was one of my first leads, and it felt too easy for 5.9, pretty featherbagged.

Great stances and a fun route. Good if you have someone who isn't a terribly string climber who can't get up the pretty sweet 11s that are on either side. Jun 23, 2016