Type: Trad, 1000 ft (303 m)
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The Quartzite Ridge is an exposed rock ridge that runs appromimately East to West from above the summit of Supremacy Rock for 250m to its intersection with the Rattlesnake Trail. Almost all of the climbing along the ridge is on its sunny south aspect.

After a 100m of scrambling to attain the ridge, ascend the arete in a series of moderate steps and downclimbs, passing several trees en route.

A variety of options exist at each tower along the way, but staying on the arete offers the best climbing on beautiful quartzite, reminiscent of the alpine rock in the Tetons.

A short downclimb at the end of the ridge brings you to the Rattlesnake Trail. For a solo climber, a 60 minute round trip car-to-car is average.

The Quartzite Ridge receives excellent winter sun angle at midday and is the best location in Boulder to practice short-roping.


The Quartzite Ridge is located just to the north of the Rattlesnake Trail parking area. Park in one of the two spaces just north of the small creek, and walk west 50 meters to a large tree and the start.

Descend the Rattlesnake Trail back to the parking lot.


There is no fixed gear, but ample natural protection exists. Most parties would need only a few long slings for protection.