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10 Mile Canyon Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 9,200'
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Description 

10 Mile Canyon is the stretch of road on I-70 between Frisco and Copper Mountain. There are several crags on this 5 mile section of I-70. The rock is is a mixture of alpine gneiss and granite with varying degrees of quality. Much cleaning is needed to establish new routes in this area.

Click here for an archived guide to the area.

Getting There 

Take I-70 past Frisco and short of Copper Mountain.

Climbing Season



Weather station 5.3 miles from here

90 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',29],['2 Stars',47],['1 Star',11],['Bomb',1]
['<=5.6',9],['5.7',14],['5.8',16],['5.9',17],['5.10',18],['5.11',13],['5.12',1],['5.13',1],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',1],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in 10 Mile Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for 10 Mile Canyon:
Easy Redhead   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   White Cliff
Zig Zag   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Trad, 3 pitches, 240'   Sunshine Buttess (aka Wichi...
Water Groove   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b R     Trad, 1 pitch, 100'   White Cliff
Little Di   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 110'   White Cliff
Dirty Blonde   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 140'   White Cliff
CBU   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 2 pitches, 100'   The Dome
Handy Andy   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   The Dome
Blitz Girls   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   White Cliff
Logan's Run   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Officer's Gulch West
Rookies' Demise   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Officer's Gulch West
Zebra   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   White Cliff
Dirty Downs   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Officer's Gulch West
Royal Flush   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 8 pitches, 1500'   Mount Royal (near Frisco)
Parallel Universe   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   White Cliff
Funky Gunky   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   White Cliff
Trinity   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Officer's Gulch West
Aces High   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 200'   Mount Royal (near Frisco)
Corner Route   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 80'   Officer's Gulch West
Overhangutang   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   White Cliff
Thunder Buffalo   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 40'   The Cache Wall
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Featured Route For 10 Mile Canyon
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Thunder Buffalo 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  Colorado : 10 Mile Canyon : The Cache Wall
Thunder Buffalo is a worthy tick for the 5.11 climber or the perfect warm-up for the harder lines here. This route is game on from the start (stickclip the first, if not second, bolt). It is technical, thoughtful, and somewhat beta specific throughout. There are a couple rests on this climb if you look for them. Save some gas for the finishing sequence guarding the chains.There is a (currently) closed project that branches off the third bolt of this line to the right and finishes at its own set ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By a.brown
From: bend, Or
May 23, 2011
I heard that there is a bolted route on Red Peak next to Silverthorne. I heard it was about 1500 feet! Anyone know about this climb? I would love to find out more! Please.
By bryan dalpes
From: Livingston, MT
Feb 1, 2012
Does anyone know about a possible ice/mixed climb maybe a quarter mile (or less) west of Royal Flush? I've seen ice in a chimney 5-600' feet up the slope. Was curious if anyone has ventured up to check it out?
By Sunshine11
From: Silverthorne, CO
Oct 22, 2014
Anyone know of there are established routes on the SE-facing cliffs at the base of Red Peak? Know if there is a guide? What the name of those cliffs are? Much appreciated!

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