Ciao Bella! Rock Climbing
Originally inspired by Julia, my ex-wife, and then my amazingly intelligent & wonderful daughters, then by iconic beauties, or by the more or less famous ladies of our times, later inspired by female names I liked, and now by the idea of Woman as an Archetypical Force....
Anyway, this scrappy 50 to 80 foot cliff is dedicated to them, & it commemorates that diversity....
Right next to Junction Creek and characterized by various beds of dirty rock, Ciao Bella has interesting climbing on pockets, fins, loafs, and edges.
For the lower Central Portion area of the cliff, the initial 30-40 foot band is a bit chalky but relatively solid, and it leads to a big ledge of crumbly, coal-like rock.
Above this ledge is a roof composed of quartz-ish rock with many solid fins and edges. This fun roof feature varies from 5 to 10 feet horizontally and is about 10-15 feet high, after negotiating the difficult roof.
Above that, is 40 or 50-feet of nice sandstone with many pockets, corners, grooves, and bulges to the top.
The Far Left & Far Right area are on either side of the lower Central Portion and have climbs which start above or level with the crumbly coal-like rock.
As the cliff faces north and a bit east, summer is best, while fall and spring are cool but tolerable. In winter, it's frigid, the road is closed seasonally, and one can ski in.
Take CR 204 to parking lot of the Colorado Trail up next to the big bend in the road. For the 5 minute approach, drop down to the creek and cross just below where the big slabs of rock nudge the edge of a nice pool. Early in the season, fording the creek is helpful with sandals. The cliff is clearly above. Find the trail that crosses the rocky meadow and ascends to the far left of the outcrop. When the trail reaches the base, scramble up sharp right and then either over a short boulder problem to reach the Real Far Left Area, or continue to traverse right to reach the start of the other routes.
Climbing Season For the Durango area.
Weather station 4.2 miles from here
19 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',16],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
Featured Route For Ciao Bella!
Julias Arête 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b CO
: ... : Central Portion
This aesthetic arête has two options to choose from. The original route climbs the right side of the arête. Start at the base of the arête for full value. Alternately, begin in corner and get pro in a pocket then left to arête and up. ...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
BETA PHOTO: Through the trees....