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268 Wall 
A Little Piece of South Dakota 
AAA Crag 
Anarchy Wall 
Anarchy Wall Boulders 
Armory, The 
Back of the Nineties 
Bad Wolf Cave 
Bionic Crag 
Blonde Formation, The 
Bouldering (mile marker 268) 
Breakfast Cliff 
Bumbling Stock 
Bunker, The 
Canal Zone, The 
Capitalist Crag 
Cat Slab Boulders 
Cats vs. Dogs Wall 
Catslab, The 
Conspiracy Crag, The 
Convenience Cliff 
Cool Thing Wall (aka Kool Krag) 
Creek Side 
Crystal Tower, The 
Death Rock 
Dike Boulders 
Dog House, The 
East Colfax 
East Side of Tunnel 1 
Elk Creek 
Fiscal Cliff, The 
Flood Wall 
Garden Wall, The 
Ghost Crag 
Guppy, The 
Healing Center, The 
High Profile Wall 
High Wire Crag 
Higher Wire 
Highlands aka Highlander, The 
Independence Wall 
Iron Buttress 
Jerky Boulder (263) 
Left Wire 
Little Eiger 
Live Action Wall 
Low Spark of High Wire Crag 
Low Wire 
Mission Wall, The 
Monkey House, The 
Mourning Glory 
New Economy Cliff 
New Hipster Rock 
New River Wall, The 
Nightworm Pinnacle 
Nomad's Cave 
Other Critters 
Play Pen 
Point Break 
Postcolonial Crag 
Prestige Worldwide Wall 
Primo Wall 
Punk Rock 
Rabbit Hole 
Rainy Day Rock 
Rapids Rock 
Real Hidden Valley 
Rebel Wall 
Red Slab, The 
River Wall 
Safari, The 
Seeing Squiggles Bloc 
Sex Cave 
Shark's Fin 
Sports Wall, The 
Stoked Bowl 
Stumbling Block, The 
Talon, The 
Twilight Zone, The 
Twitch Rock 
Wall of Justice 
Wall of the '90s 
Wanna Be Wall 
Waves Wall 

Clear Creek Canyon Rock Climbing 

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Clear Creek Canyon (CCC) is aptly situated along Clear Creek, just west of Golden. The canyon is most well known for its accesible wealth of sport climbs, with some trad climbs interspersed. The rock varies here from gneiss & schist to a sandy granite, relatively solid but much different and perhaps more unique than the gray sweeps of Boulder Canyon.

While the individual areas here tend to be specialized with regard to the route type and difficulty, the canyon as a whole has a variety of ratings. Beginners should look into the High Wire Crag, Catslab - note it is apparently open, Little Eiger, Red Slab, and The Canal Zone while excellent difficult routes abound from the Primo Wall, Wall of the Nineties, Anarchy Wall, The River Wall, and New River formation. Clear Creek also offers some nice winter climbing options such as the Red Slab and the Dog House.

As always, be attentive of the traffic and remove valuables from your car.

Ice Climbing 

See CO Ice & Mixed > Clear Creek Canyon - Ice.

Getting There 

From Denver, head out on 6th Ave. and exit into Golden. Turn left on US 6 into the canyon. From Boulder, the best way to reach Clear Creek Canyon is to take CO Highway 93 (Broadway) straight south for about 25 minutes into Golden. Then take a right, heading west on US 6 into Clear Creek Canyon. Pullouts can be found along the highway, and most approaches are about 5-10 minutes. Sometimes tyroleans exist but cannot always be trusted.


Note, many routes are not descendable with a single rope, be it 45m or 50m or 60m or 70m. Please, carefully lower when not certain of route length. Please!


There have been at least 4-5 guidebooks including Clear Creek Canyon. Peter Hubbel put out Front Range Crags. Mark Rolofson has put out a 1995 Boulder Sport Climbing Guide, a 1999 Clear Creek Canyon Sport Climber's Guide, a more recent Clear Creek Canyon Sport Climber's Guide, and most recently, Darren Mabe has put out a Clear Creek Canyon guidebook. Most recently, Kevin Capps and Matt Lloyd put out a guidebook in 2014.

Speed Limits/Tickets 

FYI, CO State Patrol has been put on notice by their head person due to too many complaints for those who drive US 6 through CCC. So, they have up to 4 patrollers ticketing speeders at a time. The speed limit is 40 mph through the entire canyon!

Tickets for 55 mph cost 4 points and $170.


There is an RV park near the mouth of the canyon.

Crags (downstream to upstream) 

This is a work in progress...finally, eh? Thanks for your patience.

South vs. North is relative to the road.

CO 93 & US 6 intersection

large bridge / parking area

South (across CC) - The Canal Zone | The Twilight Zone
North - Labyrinth
South - East Side of Tunnel 1

Tunnel 1

North - New Hipster Rock
South - The Sports Wall
South - AAA Crag

metal bridge

South - Ghost Crag
North (MM 270) - The Blonde Formation
North (MM 270) - The Stumbling Block | Bumbling Stock
North - Postcolonial Crag | Fault Caves
North - Skinny Legs Formation
?North? (MM 268) - Bouldering (mile marker 268) | 268 Wall

Bridge - ~3.5 miles

North - The Red Slab
South - Piledriver | Rainy Day Rock | Little Eiger | Aftermath
South - The Garden Wall
North - Point Break | The New River Wall | The Highlands aka Highlander | Twitch Rock | Rapids Rock | Highwire North
South - Tetanus Cave | Evil Cave | River Wall
South - Wall of Justice | Low Spark of High Wire Crag | Low Wire | High Wire Crag | Higher Wire | Left Wire

Tunnel 2 - ~4.9 miles

metal tyrolean

South (across CC) - Punk Rock | Irok | Wanna Be Wall | The Mission Wall
South - Flood Wall | Back of the Nineties | Wall of the '90s
North - The Monkey House | Death Rock
South - Capitalist Crag | Upper Capitalist Crag | Lower Capitalist Crag

Tunnel 3 - ~5.1 miles

South - Independence Wall | Anarchy Wall
South (across CC) - Cool Thing Wall (aka Kool Krag) | New Crag
North - Elk Creek
South - Iron Buttress
North - Sex Cave (aka Pete's Wicked Cave) | Shark's Fin
North MM 264 - Rebel Wall
South - The Talon | New Economy Cliff | Bionic Crag
North - Nightworm Pinnacle | Prestige Worldwide Wall | Real Hidden Valley | Upper Wall
South - A Little Piece of South Dakota
North (MM 263) - Jerky Boulder (263)
South - High Profile Wall

Mayhem Gulch mountain biking trailhead

Intersection with CO 119

South - The Fiscal Cliff | The Graveyard

Tunnel 5 - ~10.5 miles

South - Cats vs. Dogs Wall | The Catslab | Cat Slab Boulders | Rabbit Hole
North - The Dog House | Other Critters | The Safari | Live Action Wall | Stoked Bowl | Creek Side
North - Mourning Glory


South - The Bunker

Tunnel 6 ~11.3 miles


North (not across the creek) - Play Pen | | East Colfax
North across the creek - The Healing Center | The Conspiracy Crag | The Armory | The Crystal Tower | Seeing Squiggles Bloc | The Guppy | Waves Wall | Primo Wall | Nomad's Cave | Breakfast Cliff
South - Convenience Cliff | Project Wall

Peak-to-Plains Trail project 

Rockfall mitigation near the Oxbow Parcel in Clear Creek Canyon is complete, though the popular climbing site referred to as Fiscal Cliff remains designated as a construction zone. Crews would like to remind climbers that these areas remain off limits for safety concerns. The areas known as Dog House and Cat Slab will not be affected. More info may be obtained from: The Plains to Peaks Trail blog can be found here.


You may find these webcams helpful for visual peeks at conditions: Click on the camera icons along US 6.

Possible map

Raptor Nest Closures  

Rock Climbing Photo: The updated initial raptor nest anticipated closur...
The updated initial raptor nest anticipated closures for 2016.

The two areas Jefferson County Open Space intends to close in Clear Creek Canyon, shown on the attached maps, encompass the active eagle nests. If the Clear Creek eagles continue to nest in the active nests, these areas will remain closed from February 1 through July 31. If the eagles choose different nesting sites, the closures will be adjusted accordingly to protect those eagles during their breeding season.

Currently, rock climbing areas that fall inside of the seasonal raptor closures include:

Blonde Formation
Bumbling Stock
Evil Area
Ghost Crag
New River Wall
Point Break
Rapids Rock
Skinny Legs
Stumbling Block
Tetanus Garden.

Climbing Season

Weather station 2.4 miles from here

971 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',46],['3 Stars',314],['2 Stars',459],['1 Star',145],['Bomb',5]

Classic Climbing Routes in Clear Creek Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Clear Creek Canyon:
Playin' Hooky   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   Creek Side
Guppy   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Creek Side
Fish and Chips   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Creek Side
Lunchmoney   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Capitalist Crag : Lower Capitalist Crag
Gneiss Roof (AKA: Nice Ride)   5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b     Trad, 4 pitches, 250'   The Mission Wall
People's Choice   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 4 pitches   High Wire Crag
Reefer Madness   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Wall of the '90s
Hanging Judge   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch   Wall of Justice
Curvaceous   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Wall of the '90s
Walking With A Ghost   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   The Canal Zone
Skippin' Stones   5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 65'   The Crystal Tower
Eiger Direct   5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Little Eiger
Wet Dream   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   Wall of the '90s
The Reward aka Convicted Felon   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   The Monkey House
Slammer   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Wall of Justice
Fission aka Ken T'ank   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   The Armory
The Great Escape   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Wall of Justice
Ten-Digit Dialing   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Wall of the '90s
Sucking My Will to Live   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Primo Wall
Anarchitect   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Anarchy Wall
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Aphrodite 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Colorado : Golden : ... : Back of the Nineties
The best route at Back of the Nineties. Aphrodite is the middle of the three routes, and is fairly sustained at the 5.10 level. This route starts on the left side of the crag base (near the huge pine at left side of overhang). Climb up the dihedral past a few clips to a mossy ledge. Crank up and right over a tricky and slopey bulge.* Traverse right on good holds where the route steepens. Continue up past some thin face, layback flakes and balance-acts to a stance underneath a flake/roof. Te...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: Brandon Patterson on "The Desiderata", M...
Brandon Patterson on "The Desiderata", M...
Rock Climbing Photo: Crack a Beer, at the Bumbling Stock.
BETA PHOTO: Crack a Beer, at the Bumbling Stock.
Rock Climbing Photo: Adam Peters on "The Desiderata", March 2...
Adam Peters on "The Desiderata", March 2...
Rock Climbing Photo: Caught here in a drilling frenzy the ever enthusia...
Caught here in a drilling frenzy the ever enthusia...
Rock Climbing Photo: A.W. on 'Mavericks', V6.  photo: Greg Jackson
A.W. on 'Mavericks', V6. photo: Greg Jackson
Rock Climbing Photo: Mazzi Childers on her new favorite climb, "Fi...
Mazzi Childers on her new favorite climb, "Fi...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jamie G. doing his thing on the NEW Super Mario, 1...
Jamie G. doing his thing on the NEW Super Mario, 1...
Rock Climbing Photo: Luke Childers getting the on-sight of "Smoke ...
Luke Childers getting the on-sight of "Smoke ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jason Baker working one of his beautiful new proje...
Jason Baker working one of his beautiful new proje...
Rock Climbing Photo: New offwidth went up in the creek.
New offwidth went up in the creek.
Rock Climbing Photo: Diamondback, Wall of the Nineties.
Diamondback, Wall of the Nineties.
Rock Climbing Photo: A slide shed in New Zealand used to mitigate rockf...
BETA PHOTO: A slide shed in New Zealand used to mitigate rockf...
Rock Climbing Photo: Left Wire (left side) looking east.
BETA PHOTO: Left Wire (left side) looking east.
Rock Climbing Photo: Jason Baker standing up to the explosive power of ...
Jason Baker standing up to the explosive power of ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Clear Creek, CO.
Clear Creek, CO.
Rock Climbing Photo: Luke Childers crushing the "Armory" clas...
Luke Childers crushing the "Armory" clas...
Rock Climbing Photo: A map outlining impacted climbing areas.
A map outlining impacted climbing areas.
Rock Climbing Photo: Luke Childers on "Fluid Mechanic" locate...
Luke Childers on "Fluid Mechanic" locate...
Rock Climbing Photo: Luke-F.A.-Spinner Bait.
Luke-F.A.-Spinner Bait.
Rock Climbing Photo: Awesome and unique bouldering throughout Clear Cre...
Awesome and unique bouldering throughout Clear Cre...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jefferson County Open Space map.
Jefferson County Open Space map.
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking towards Cats vs. Dogs on the right and the...
Looking towards Cats vs. Dogs on the right and the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Possible highball problem in CCC.
Possible highball problem in CCC.
Rock Climbing Photo: Left Wire (right side).
BETA PHOTO: Left Wire (right side).

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By Charles Vernon
From: Tucson, AZ
Sep 5, 2001
Not that anyone really cares, but the rock in this Canyon is not granite at all but metamorphic schist and gneiss (similar to the rock on Hallett Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park). Makes for good face climbing...though I never thought of metamorphic rock as being so pocketed ;)
By Leo Paik
From: Westminster, Colorado
Sep 5, 2004
Y'all probably have seen this but in case you missed it, The Denver Post reports on p 3C, Clear Creek Canyon will be closed for 3 weeks 9/13/4 for work on 3 bridges & rock-fall mitigation for 11 miles from CO Hwy 93 to CO Hwy 119. Climbing access will be affected.
By Anonymous Coward
Apr 4, 2005
On the east side of Tunnel 2, right off the highway there are a few routes that go to a ledge where there are several other routes. One of these routes is a dihedral (I think. It is right in a corner, with a 'roof') its a short pitch, with only 4 bolts, and looks right over the highway. Does anybody know what this is called, or what it is rated?
By ac
Jun 27, 2005
Road is now open up until about a mile and a half from the rock slide so that kayakers, climbers and hikers can enjoy the canyon.
By Doug Redosh
From: Golden, CO
Jul 1, 2005
As of 3 days ago, cars were allowed up the canyon, but not bikes (too dangerous the CDOT workers claimed)!!!!
By Anonymous Coward
Jul 5, 2005
Bicycles are not allowed in the canyon, even when it is 'open'.
By Bill Ballace
From: Pullman,WA
Aug 29, 2006
Look, people, the Wall of Justice IS NOT the toilet area for Highwire Crag! I visited it yesterday and was disgusted by the abundance of human feces, toilet paper, etc. in the vicinity. If you have to go, go somewhere else. If you see someone headed over there to crap there, remind them that the Wall of Justice and the surrounding area are not the shitter.
By Armin Colorado
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 22, 2006
Anybody have any idea when the new guide is supposed to be out?
By Casey Bernal
From: Arvada, CO
Sep 22, 2006
Darren Mabe's new guide is basically finished and is in the editing stages. It should be out by the end of 2006, maybe November.

By Jess
Sep 26, 2006
I've been climbing in Clear Creek Canyon for many years now and enjoy many aspects of it. Usually people are very friendly, the climbing is good and the convenience is great. Lately I've been hanging out at the Wall of Justice working on "The Great Escape" which is a super fun route. About 10 days ago I was there and put some draws on the route. After finishing our session, I decided to take the bottom three draws but leave the top three for future projecting. Didn't think that this would be an issue. Well, I was wrong and now very disappointed in our fellow climbers. Today, when I went back to climb the route my draws were gone. What is wrong with people? What ever happened to, "if it's not yours, don't touch it"? Last year, we had draws on the entire route of the "Great Escape" and the bottom three were stolen and then a week later all draws were stolen off "Anarchitect". This is absurd and unacceptable. Why would someone do this? If your reading this, "THIEF", quit stealing other peoples stuff, and I hope your not hurt too badly when karma bites you in the ass.
By M. Morley
From: Sacramento, CA
Sep 26, 2006
Jess, sorry to hear about the stolen draws. I found several other similar incidents reported on the site within the past 5 years:

?Oct 4, 2001? - Eldorado Canyon / Monument Direct
Oct 20, 2002 - Boulder Canyon / Castle Rock / Aid Roof
Apr 19, 2004 - Clear Creek Canyon / Wall of Justice / Slammer
?May 18, 2004? - Clear Creek Canyon / Anarchy Wall / Matriarch
Oct 19, 2004 - Boulder Canyon / Eagle Rock / Eagle Warrior
Apr 4, 2006 - Castlewood Canyon / Rim Job
Jun 1, 2006 - Eldorado Canyon / Supremacy Rock / The Web
Jun 29, 2006 - Keystone / House Rock / Crystal Ball

Perhaps, it's just better to remove your draws in high-traffic and/or high-visibility areas.
By Jess
Sep 26, 2006
Thanks for your support, Mike. My question is, why doesn't this happen in Rifle, also a very high traffic area? Does the thieving have something to do with wanting to put their own draws on the route while climbing it? Or thinking that it's lame to have draws on a Clear Creek 5.12? Or is it just plain stealing? I guess it's said and done, and we'll probably never know who the thief is unless they have balls big enough to speak up. Another lesson learned the hard way.
By Chris Cavallaro
Sep 28, 2006
You would take the draws too? Are you calling yourself a thief then? I'm pretty sure you just announced to everyone that you are.
Attention Colorado Climbers: Never climb with or around this guy!
By Jess
Sep 28, 2006
Chris S.,
First, I'm not a fella, I'm a lady, and second, Nixon was a crook! It's pretty disturbing to have personal belongings stolen and this is not the first time. I try to have trust in my fellow climbers and people in general. I suppose that coming from the East your perspective on trusting others is very different. I'm surprised that you're surprised at how angry I was. (I've cooled down a bit now.) If you go to Anarchy Wall in CCC and look at a comment from 2004 regarding stolen draws, you'll realize that I actually kept my cool pretty good. Like I said, I learned the hard way. I definitely will not leave draws around anymore knowing that many people out there think it's OK to take anything left on the rock but chalk!
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Sep 29, 2006
Jess, sorry to hear that your project draws were stolen. Fixed draws shouldn't be considered booty. If you want, you can have my draws I have hanging on The Gauntlet on the Armory, or there are also a few of mine on Hot Rocks on Crystal Tower. I have not had a chance to go up there and take them down, but you can have them if you want, and if they are still up there. However, leave the top biners on the chains of the Gauntlet. I don't know what condition the draws are in, as they have been up there since March, I think.
By Jess
Sep 29, 2006
Hi Darren,
Thanks a lot for your offer and generosity. I have a decent stash of draws, so I'll be set for a little while. Thanks again though! My project is almost completed at The Wall Of Justice.
By Chris Cavallaro
Oct 2, 2006
I fear that your generosity is now going to cause many other climbers to rush for that gear and claim if for themselves. I would be surprised if that has not happened already. What a bummer as these should be considered yours or for someone deserving (like Jess).
Oct 2, 2006
I just recently had my draws stolen off Ten Digit Dialing, like in the past 4 or 5 days. Does anyone know anything that could help me get them back? I really need them. I won't be pissed off. I just want them back. Thanks.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Dec 8, 2006

As Sharp End Publishing is closing in on finishing my new Clear Creek Canyon guidebook, they could still use a few more climbing action photos to supplement the ones I shot.

If you have any rad photos you would like to see in the new guide, get in touch with me. The guide will be full color. Decent resolution makes files too big for email, so I would rather want them burned onto CD.

I would also need to know the names of the routes, climbers, as well as the photographers.

Can reach me at for more details.

thank you!
Darren Mabe
By John McNamee
From: Littleton, CO
Apr 11, 2007

Any news on the guidebook availability yet? I don't see anything on the publisher's site yet.


By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Apr 12, 2007
Thanks for your interest! I am anticipating for my book to be on the shelves in May. Keep fingers crossed! The folks at Sharpend are doing a kick ass job with the layout, graphics, etc.

Trust me, it will be well worth the wait!

-Darren Mabe
By Jeff Welch
From: Denver, CO
Jul 1, 2007

How's that guide coming? The samples I saw in Bent Gate look amazing...
By Nate Oakes
Jul 2, 2007
We encountered a rattlesnake on the approach to Wall of the 90s yesterday. I had never heard of any rattlesnakes in CCC before. Be careful!
By CalebSimpson
Jul 9, 2007
Is Cat Slab closed or not? Access Fund website doesn't say that it is, but and this site indicate that it is (or might be). Anybody know for sure? I'm trying to plan a trip (coming up from Texas). And need an are with moderates, preferably stuff 5.7 and below, because the guy I am going with is not very experienced.
By Buff Johnson
Jul 20, 2007
Caleb - Yes, access/trespassing is prohibited there currently by private property owner. Highwire & some others will offer you some moderates; Creekside is a fun crag, plus you won't get charged for a technical rescue there should something happen & you get a fun tyrol.
By ErinC
Oct 8, 2007
Does anyone know what the route on the south side of the highway just past mile marker 270 and Tunnel 1 is called, and what grade it is? It seems to be about 30 feet long and very overhung, and the approach looks to be by crossing a permanent bridge.
By Kyle P.
From: Lander, WY
Nov 25, 2007
I'm looking for information on Belleview Mountain on the West side of Idaho Springs. On the right side of Fall River Road exit off 70W there are some large walls that seem untouched. I'm wondering if anyone has claimed first ascents there, if it's public land, or if anyone has any idea what I'm talking about.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 6, 2008
"Clear Creek Canyon Rock Climbs" is released.

Books are on their way to the stores, for now there is a shop copy at Bent Gate and also at Neptune's.

By John McNamee
From: Littleton, CO
Feb 10, 2008
This is what the cover of Darren's new guide looks like:

Rock Climbing Photo: "Clear Creek Canyon Rock Climbs"
"Clear Creek Canyon Rock Climbs"
By Fred Knapp
Feb 10, 2008
You can check out sample pages of the book at The books are here and in local shops!
By Cheyne Lempe
From: Denver, CO
Jun 2, 2008
Can anyone tell me what wall is directly across the river from High Wire Crag?
It's slabby with hanging belays at the bottom.
By Mike Baetz
Jun 22, 2008
I noticed a "for sale" sign on the property upon which Catslab lies... anyone have details? Too expensive for some Access Fund intervention?
By Mike McKinnon
From: Golden, CO
Jul 3, 2008
River Wall is the wall directly across from Highwire.
By cbarker
Jul 11, 2008
Hey if anyone found a camera between High Wire and Wall of Justice, and are honest, could you please let me know. I misplaced it somehow and it has pictures of my little boy on it. Thanks for the help.
By doug rouse
From: Denver, CO.
Aug 1, 2008
Greetings, as of 7/20, there are still draws on the Gauntlet..I don't know if they are Darren's; however, we did not see a rush out to clean them off.... Anyway, I hope no one minds if others use draws left on a "project" actuality it makes it more attractive to try something that may be more difficult for someone if they don't have to worry about leaving their own gear on a pitch. I will further add that CCC has been a real Godsend for those of us from the Denver area who don't want to climb further North where lately there has been a lot of attitude. I say this not to bash Boulderites, but the last time my friends and I climbed in Eldo we were subjected to what amounted to some serious chest thumping...i.e. while waiting in line to do the first pitch of Rewritten, some boneheads cut in front of us and got on the first pitch of Great Zot...way we were going to in their big rush to get on, they crossed the parties line whom we were waiting on.... We fully offered to kick their asses, but they seemed to ignore us? I ramble and apologize, but I really don't see any other way to get through to some people....Young Doug.
By doug rouse
From: Denver, CO.
Aug 1, 2008
Yeah..Not yet!, It looks like a grunt! Perhaps I should have stated we observed them in passing. Awesome photos in your guidebook, I really like that format. We have yet to encounter any difficulty in finding any route in the Canyon. Peace Young Doug....
By Tim Kline
From: Littleton, co
Aug 7, 2008
I've heard from a couple of my climbing buddies that a new crag has been bolted somewhere down before tunnel 1, evidently Jeffco put a bridge in across the creek as well... I'm looking for some info on this, I haven't purchased Darren's book yet (probably getting it tonight or tomorrow), but if anybody has any info on this new crag I'd appreciate it!!


By Legs Magillicutty
From: Durango
Aug 7, 2008
Here is the area you are looking for:

It's fantastic.
By doug rouse
From: Denver, CO.
Aug 8, 2008
Yep. It's "The Canal Zone", and has some really nice stone, and some very good lines. Young Doug.
By Jack Crockett
Sep 19, 2008
I lost my shows on High Wire this Monday. They are black and white Evolvs size ten and a half. If anyone knows anything, let me know.
By Versaceking
From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
May 8, 2009
What I'm wondering is if an one would be able to guide me on how to get to ECHALE. I know that it is on MM268 but have yet to find it.

From: Santa Monica, Ca.
Jun 17, 2009
I was trying to find information on a route in CCC that an old friend of mine (John Rosholt) did the FA of in the late 70's or early 80's. All I remember of it was that he said that it was directly above the East side of either tunnel 1 or tunnel 2 and that it was pretty stiff and pretty steep. I think if I saw a picture of it I would recognize it, he showed me pictures at the time.

Also, is it possible to post a map that shows location of crags relative to tunnels and distance up the canyon?
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 17, 2009
There is a map in the guidebook that has what you are looking for....
By JOhn CAmeron
From: DENVER!!!
Jul 5, 2009
I FOUND A GUIDEBOOK AT HIGH WIRE ON FRIDAY (7.3.09). if it is yours shoot me an email ( and tell me the distinguishing qualities it has, so I can get it to the right person.

Also: in the forementioned guidebook, there is a reference to the 'Maverick Boulders' does anyone know their location/ grades/ # of problems?
By Luke Childers
Jan 7, 2010
I replaced the last bolt on Twitch about one day ago and found out upon inspection on said bolt that I would really like to replace all of the lines bolts... and with out doubt replace the bolt that bares the brunt of all the big falls from the crux of the line the most.

The bolt that I 1st checked out was so rusted and worn I had to beat it lose with a wrench and my wall hammer!!!! Rust fell out of the hole, people!!! Scary!!!!!

If the community would not mind, especially Pete... if you're out there, I would like to re-bolt the whole line. All bolts would be located in the same place as the old ones and holes patched. I would replace the existing bolts with 3/8 inch 3 inch stainless steel bolts and hangers. They will be bomber folks.

I believe such an old C.C.C. classic such as "Twitch" needs this kind of attention!! Because as of now.... the bolts on this line have become, large in part, scary!!! I also think the anchors need an update as well!!!

If there are any real objections, and I mean real objections!!!... to my proposal to re-bolt please speak up now!!! I want to re-bolt A.S.A.P., so please speak your peace soon, please.

I would really like Pete as well as the community to be fully behind my re-bolting of this classic line. Thanks to all that respond.

-Luke Childers
By Doug Redosh
From: Golden, CO
May 19, 2010
WARNING: The cops are out in force in CCC. I got a $170/4 point speeding ticket doing 55 mph (the speed limit is 40 mph which seems awfully slow). The cop told us that there are 4 state patrollers there every day, due to complaints about speeders.
By smallakin
From: Fort Collins, CO
May 27, 2010
Anybody know the closest camping area to Clear Creek?
By Casey Bernal
From: Arvada, CO
May 27, 2010
Camping: Clear Creek RV Park

. . . then you could walk up to The Canal Zone.
By Rock Noggin
May 28, 2010
Does anyone know if Catslab is open to climbing yet? Legally, that is?
By Luke Childers
Dec 22, 2010
Yes...the Cat Slab in open and ready for action. Have fun! Great lines at this wall.
By kevin murphy
From: Lafayette, Colorado
Jan 6, 2011
Do any of the cliffs receive sun this time of year? If so times, please.

Thank you in advance.
By Monty
From: Golden, CO
Jan 6, 2011
A few do, Kevin.
  • Highlander gets sun all day - but can be windy.
  • Dog House gets sun from say 10 am til 3 pm?
  • Primo Wall/ Crystal Tower get sun from 10:30-2ish.
  • The "Binge side" of Creekside gets sun around the same as primo (but can be harder to get to if there is not an ice bridge).
  • Convenience Cliff gets sun most of the day... I think.
  • Also Sports Wall gets sun most of the day, say 11 am til dusk.
  • If you're looking for a hard project, Stuffed Wolf (13b) at the Higher Profile Wall gets sun in the late afternoon. This is a great time to go over there as a ice bridge normally forms for easy access.

Hope that helped.
By kevin murphy
From: Lafayette, Colorado
Jan 7, 2011
Thanks for the info.
By dweiche
May 30, 2011
My husband and I are planning a 2 month climbing trip for the summer and are considering adding Clear Creek to the list of destinations. Can someone please provide me with the 411 on the area....
How is the crowd in the summer?
Is the park dog friendly? Are the hikes dangerous for the dogs?
Is there a park fee?
By Keith H. North
From: Englewood, CO
May 30, 2011
Clear Creek Canyon is not a state park, and there is no fee to climb there. Jefferson County manages the space, I believe.

Crowds: Weekends SUCK, not going to lie. Weekdays you will be fine.
Dogs: Be respectful of the other climbers. Keep them on a leash.
Hike: There are a couple Tyrols that would probably suck for a dog, but the rest are just fine.
By Mikekd
From: Mammoth lakes, CA
Jun 3, 2011
Lost a jacket at Highland (gray, light wind-breaker, size M) Wednesday May 25th. Anyone happen to find it? I would greatly appreciate it if I could get it back. Climbing Karma will follow
By chipacles
Jun 19, 2011
To whoever stole my draws off Free Enterprise at Capitalist Crag:

What is wrong with you? Seriously? Stealing someone's project draws? Really? I mean, stealing is bad enough, but stealing within our community of climbers who leave stuff up, in good faith, for anyone to use? Are you that poor? Or are you just that big a dick?

You deserve the absolute worst in life. I hope you get it.
By Chip Loomis
Mar 29, 2012
Is Catslab still considered "closed"???
By Steffen
Jul 22, 2012
A friend and I are heading to the canyon for the first time and would like to obtain some beta on the area.

- What is the best guidebook for sport climbing?

- Where should we camp (preferably free & in the canyon)?

- Favorite routes in the 5.9 - 5.11 range?

From: Los Angeles, CA
Jul 25, 2012
LOST 7/25 black iPhone and black wallet. Please message me here or email REWARD. Thanks.
By Jay Swamidass
From: Anchorage, AK
Oct 15, 2012
I found a pair of climbing shoes at Wall of Justice this Sunday. If you think they are yours, contact me with the make and size and I'll get them back to you ASAP.
By NickMartel
From: Tucson, Arizona
Apr 1, 2013
Found belay device Easter Sunday, 2013. Describe it and where you left it, and I will get it back to you... otherwise, BOOTY!!!
By Rob Davies UK
From: Cheshire, UK
Oct 16, 2013
Sorry to nitpick, but I can't help it: "more unique" - q.v. Description - is bad English.
By Andy Donson
Oct 16, 2013
By Marty Wells
From: Fort Collins, CO
Oct 21, 2013
Has the CCC been affected at all by the recent floods?
By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Oct 21, 2013
Marty, Click Colorado, scroll to comments.
By B. Smith
From: Denver, CO
Feb 12, 2014
Does anyone know who manages the land in clear Creek Canyon. I am looking for information on guiding small groups. Thank you.
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Feb 13, 2014
^ B Smith, it is Jefferson County and Clear Creek County Open Space. JeffCo calls their part Clear Creek Canyon Park. Here is link to management plan, though no specifics on guiding.
By Mike Morin
From: North Conway, NH
Feb 14, 2014
Hey B, if you are guiding in the JeffCo portion of the canyon you need to obtain a commercial use permit. I used to administer the program but no longer do. You should call the main office at 303-271-5925 and ask for Kathy DeWeese.
By Public Info Team
Mar 24, 2014
Hello, everyone.

The Peaks to Plains Trail construction team would like to alert all climbers to rockfall mitigation happening over the next 2-3 months near the Oxbow Parcel in Clear Creek Canyon (please see attached map for more specific locations and impacts). All mitigation work will be taking place in areas already designated as construction zones, but crews would like to remind climbers that these areas remain off limits for safety concerns. Mitigation work may wrap up sooner than expected depending on weather and scheduling. Please direct any questions or concerns to

Thank you,
Peaks to Plains Trail Project Public Info Team
Rock Climbing Photo: A map outlining impacted climbing areas.
A map outlining impacted climbing areas.
By Allen Chaney
May 12, 2014
Hey, does anyone know what the routes are just below the right side of High Wire? If you cross the bridge and took the trail heading towards Twitch/New River Wall, the routes I'm talking about would be above the trail on a steep(ish) wall with a tree growing near the wall. The two steepest routes had draws hanging and looked pretty awesome.

By Kevin Capps
From: Golden, CO
May 12, 2014
Hey Allen, one is Twitch and the other is a project just right of that, is that what you're referring to? Send me a message and I'll give you some more info.
By Kevin Capps
From: Golden, CO
Aug 3, 2014
Rock Climbing Photo: New CCC guidebook.
New CCC guidebook.

The new Clear Creek Canyon guidebook is here! Purchase at these links and
By Kons Kourbatov
From: Aurora, CO
Jun 30, 2015
Hey guys, who do I contact about donating some gear for tyrols or fixed lines like at Wall of Justice? A friend of mine had to cut his stuck rope, so I got 3 chunks of rope to donate 13m, 15m, and 42m of 9.8 dynamic rope. Not sure if they will be helpful, but I'm trying to put them to good use and give them to someone or help someone replace the tyrols or fixed lines. Someone shoot me a message or email me at Trying to put those chunks of rope to good use.
By Judith Brown
From: Little Rock, AR
Jul 26, 2015
I'm about to climb in Clear Creek for a few days. I'd like to car camp in the area. Are there any better options than the RV park? Thanks!
By Kev V
From: The mitten
Feb 17, 2016
Any reason there's no info on the Live Action Wall? The guidebook has a handful of routes - just wondering if there has been any more development beyond those listed there.
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Feb 17, 2016
No one has posted "Live Action Wall" yet is all.
By Kate Haring
Aug 31, 2016
I will be bringing 11 gals on a university trip this fall. What are the best campsites that are close and will accommodate to our group size?
By Kenny Danngg
Sep 14, 2016
Did someone lose a guidebook this past Sunday? I'm going to guess they left it on top of their car and drove off, b/c it was found on the road getting trampled on by cars. Anyways, text me, and you might get it back. Let me know where you might have been climbing and around what time. I can eliminate those who are just trying to get a free book. FYI, there were some damage done on the book due to cars. 714-three Six Nine-5662, Kenny
By Garrett Garner-Wells
From: Denver, CO
Jan 12, 2017
I found a cell phone yesterday afternoon at the Low Wire crag. Message me with a description if it's yours!
By Fred Knapp
Jan 25, 2017
Sharp End Publishing has recently released a new Denver Climbing Guide that includes comprehensive coverage of Clear Creek Canyon, North Table Mountain, Coal Creek Canyon (the legal climbs), and Castlewood Canyon. It has many more routes than even the latest Clear Creek book.

If you own Darren Mabe's Clear Creek Canyon Climbs, you can upgrade to the new book for only $24 (including tax and shipping) by sending in a proof-of-purchsase. See below for more info:
Rock Climbing Photo: Denver Climbing Guide.
Denver Climbing Guide.
By two chains
From: Fucken Zion
Jan 29, 2017
New Denver Book is wack. Lacks FA info, routes on walls, durability, and hard to read topos.... Do the writers even climb anymore? Or do they just find routes on MP & "make a book"?

I'd wait for the 2nd edition Clear Creek Bible.
By Dave Meyers
From: Golden, CO
Feb 7, 2017
I think the new book is great. I like the no nonsense, concentrated format that gives you the info you need using icons instead of route descriptions and essays which makes it smaller and more packable. With that, this book has the same (actually more) amount of beta it would take 3 different books costing about $100 prior to its release.
I subscribe.
By Cole McCullough
From: Fort Collins, CO
Feb 26, 2017
Found a set of 6 Petzl Dejinn quickdraws marked with gear tape while I was leaving Highlander before it closed for the birds (around the beginning of Feb. end of Jan.). Don't worry, they are in a safe warm place now, awaiting their return.
By JoshuaRichardson
Apr 4, 2017
Hey all, lost a Galaxy S4 phone on 4/3/2014 somewhere at the main Canal Zone parking, the crag and area right after tunnel 3, or the parking and approach for the Crystal Tower. If found, shoot me a message.
By Kurt G.
From: Reading, PA
May 24, 2017
I'll be coming from PA and wanted to know if anyone has any info on 2017 raptor closures? I'll be there on June 5th.
By Echo Zoyiopoulos
4 days ago
Hi everybody,
Looking for a good area for some to toproping, somewhere we can hike up and use established bolts. Are there any spots like this in Clear Creek?
Thanks so much!
By Darren Mabe
From: Flagstaff, AZ
3 days ago
^Echo, Lookout Mountain Crag has a few. Other than that, not much for easily accessible topropes. I suppose you could set a few shorties from the Queen City Slab ledge at Highwire. I know of plenty not-so-straightforward ones, but I would not recommend them due to risk to climbers below.

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