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Colorado Rock Climbing 

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Looking for classic trad lines in Eldorado Canyon SP, multi-pitch alpine routes in "The Park" or maybe you want to get scared in the Black Canyon? Or perhaps you want to climb some ice or work on some mixed, nasty stuff? Hopefully you'll find it here on the most comprehensive climbing database in Colorado.

Areas are grouped, in general, geographically to their nearest major town to help you locate climbing areas and plan your trips. Local info, such as, where to stay, good places to eat, brew pubs etc. have been added as well to make your stay more enjoyable. If you can't find the information you need, then go to the forums and ask a question.

Either search for routes by area and then crag via the menu to the left of this page, or use the search tool to locate routes by different criteria, such as grade and location. With approximately 5700 routes (and growing), hopefully you can find something to your liking.

If you are looking for specific types of climbing, like sport, trad, ice, etc., you can lock on to those routes quickly by using the show routes drop down box. It's located just above the select area menu on the left side of the page. For example, if you select ice, you will see all the ice climbing locations in Colorado. The number of routes is listed in bright red!

Or, if you only want the ice/mixed climbs, you can connect to the temporary collection of ice/mixed routes. Please give us feedback.

A new area we're trying out is a section on Indoor Walls in the state. There are some deals, some interesting features, and info for these walls for when you you're pulling on plastic.


Ice Conditions
Here is a quick link for the latest ice conditions that have been reported. Going somewhere new this weekend and not sure about whether the ice is in or not, then post a question in the ice conditions forum.

Seasonal Closures
This is a quick link to seasonal closures in Colorado.

Current Weather
These are actual weather and temperatures throughout Colorado. The link above is for Denver/Boulder or NOAA and enter a nearby city.

Colorado Web Cams
The title says it all, web cams throughout Colorado to help you decide where to go today!

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Founded in 1902, The American Alpine Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting climbing knowledge, conserving mountain environments, and serving the American climbing community. The library for the AAC in Golden is the largest public library in the country for climbing!

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23,394 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Colorado

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Colorado:
Freeway   5.0 2- 4 I 6 MM 1c     Trad, 6 pitches   North : Second Flatiron
Kiener's Route   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Easy Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, Grade II   RMNP - Mixed/Ice : Long's Peak/Mt. Meeker Cirq...
East Face (Standard)   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Trad, 8 pitches   North : Third Flatiron
Direct Route   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R     Trad, 10 pitches   North : First Flatiron
The Bastille Crack   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 5 pitches, 350'   The Bastille : The Bastille - N Face
Rewritten   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 6 pitches   Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Lumpe to the to...
Kor's Flake   5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, 6 pitches, 800'   Lumpy Ridge : Sundance Buttress
South Face   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches   RMNP - Rock : Petit Grepon
Pear Buttress   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches   The Book : J-Crack Slab Area
Playin' Hooky   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   Clear Creek Canyon : Creek Side
Otto's Route   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 5 pitches, 400'   Colorado National Monument : Independence Monument
Ruper   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, 6 pitches   Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower One
Culp-Bossier   5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches   RMNP - Rock : Hallett Peak
Royal Flush   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 8 pitches, 1500'   10 Mile Canyon : Mount Royal (near Frisco)
The Yellow Spur   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Trad, 6 pitches   Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower One
Casual Route   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches   Long's Peak : The Diamond
The Scenic Cruise   5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b     Trad, 13 pitches   North Rim Routes : North Chasm View Wall
Pervertical Sanctuary   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches   Long's Peak : The Diamond
The Naked Edge   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Trad, 6 pitches, 460'   Redgarden Wall : Redgarden - Tower Two
Archangel   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 2 pitches, 100'   Upper Dream Canyon : Lost Angel
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Featured Route For Colorado
Rock Climbing Photo: Keith Roberts on the starting crimps of Dynoman.  ...

Dynoman V8 7B  Colorado : Fort Collins : ... : Little Debbie's Boulder
Directions : just left of the undercling roof (Crapulator problem) and right of the boulder at the foot of the boulder.A pure power problem involving some hard crimping, contact strength, and a wild dyno. Start on any of the available crimps at head height and pull on heading straight up. The finishing holds are huge (as opposed to all the other holds on this problem). A Carter classic....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: Lower Ice Lake Basin.
Lower Ice Lake Basin.
Rock Climbing Photo: Vermillion.
Rock Climbing Photo: Aspens along Chalk Creek.
Aspens along Chalk Creek.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Diamond, Long's Peak, RMNP.
The Diamond, Long's Peak, RMNP.
Rock Climbing Photo: "The Diamond". Photo by Blitzo.
"The Diamond". Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Owl Creek Pass.
Owl Creek Pass.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ice Lake.
Ice Lake.
Rock Climbing Photo: Pretty flowers.
Pretty flowers.
Rock Climbing Photo: Island Lake.
Island Lake.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sangre de Cristos behind the Sand Dunes.
Sangre de Cristos behind the Sand Dunes.
Rock Climbing Photo: By Fish Creek Falls near Steamboat.
By Fish Creek Falls near Steamboat.
Rock Climbing Photo: North Chasm Wall, Black Canyon of Gunnison.
North Chasm Wall, Black Canyon of Gunnison.
Rock Climbing Photo: If you're looking for a little rest from climbing ...
If you're looking for a little rest from climbing ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Base of the North Pole Peak.
Base of the North Pole Peak.
Rock Climbing Photo: Verde Lakes.
Verde Lakes.
Rock Climbing Photo: John Long looking burly on the Ripper Traverse (B1...
John Long looking burly on the Ripper Traverse (B1...
Rock Climbing Photo: Fish Creek Falls (Steamboat Springs).
Fish Creek Falls (Steamboat Springs).
Rock Climbing Photo: Yankee Boy Basin San Juans  July 2008  A day witho...
Yankee Boy Basin San Juans July 2008 A day witho...
Rock Climbing Photo: Colorado skies.
Colorado skies.
Rock Climbing Photo: Silex and the Guardian.
Silex and the Guardian.
Rock Climbing Photo: Crack climbing.
Crack climbing.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Grenadier Range seen from high in the Sneffels...
The Grenadier Range seen from high in the Sneffels...
Rock Climbing Photo: Copper Falls near Creede.
Copper Falls near Creede.
Rock Climbing Photo: Ice fall above Emerald Lake, RMNP on November 9, 2...
Ice fall above Emerald Lake, RMNP on November 9, 2...

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By Greg Sievers
From: Bozeman, MT
Oct 24, 2006
NPS officials at Rocky Mountain National Park have indicated they hope to open the new Twin Owls parking lot immediately following paving, they are shooting for Memorial Day 2007.
By Greg Sievers
From: Bozeman, MT
Sep 19, 2007
7th Annual Lumpy Trails Day at Lumpy Ridge,
Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado.
The Central Rockies Section of the AAC will be hosting a trail improvement day at Lumpy Ridge in Estes Park, Colorado. This project is in conjunction with the Access Fund ‘Adopt-A-Crag’ program. A full day is scheduled on Sunday, October 14th. Interested persons should register early by emailing event organizer Greg Sievers at, or calling 970-586-4075. Only those registered will receive a free lunch at the work site and T-shirt.
The group will meet at 7:30am at the Estes Park Town Hall parking lot on MacGregor Ave (downtown next to the police dept. and behind the library) where coffee and donuts will be provided. National park staff will supply tools and transportation to the trailhead. Volunteers should bring gloves, plenty of water, dress appropriately and are encouraged to stay for the full day (but part day help is very welcome). All volunteers in attendance at 4pm will be eligible for gifts and raffle items that are sure to please and thrill.
A good turnout will prove that ‘climbers’ are good stewards of the land and considerate users but also proactive about our interaction with one of this countries largest land management agencies. This year’s goals include work on the badly eroded “Batman Rock” approach trail. In 2005 this event won the Access Fund’s “Adopt-a-Crag of the year award”. Be part of this energetic proactive event and the beauty of splitter Lumpy granite.
By Cheryl Claman-Brennan
Jul 6, 2009
I am heading into the year anniversary of my husband of 18 years, and father of three beautiful children, who fell last year while climbing in Eldorado Canyon and passed away on July 19th. His name was Preston Brennan. Tomorrow will be my first trip up to the route from which he fell. I have not been able to find the strength to go up there, but look at the canyon from my home everyday with a heavy heart. My hope is that by going up there I will find some peace in the beauty of the canyon, say a prayer and leave a lot of love for all of you who love to climb as much as he did. Next week I will bring the kids who all want to do something, they do not know what to send their love to their dad who they miss everyday. I want to once again thank everyone who helped that day, and all who sent words of kindness to my family, Preston, and Preston's gf Allison, who was with him when he fell. Cheryl Brennan
By Richard M. Wright
From: Lakewood, CO
Sep 23, 2013
With all of the devastation coming from the floods, it is remarkable that most of the Clear Creek drainage has escaped significant damage. From the Eisenhower tunnel to Denver, there appeared to be no significant damage, just high water. Things could have been much worse had Clear Creek flooded as well.
By siri
Aug 17, 2015
Heading to Telluride this weekend! Looking forward to some bouldering...
are there problems anyone suggests? I need easy. Lol, V4 is the max I can even look at after being out of the climbing fun for two years:(

By Elijah Luna
From: Portland, OR
May 7, 2016
Can I get a few suggestions of places to visit in Colorado while climbing in Colorado. I'm talking hikes, hot springs, sites, swimming holes, etc. stuff to get a real experience out of Colorado. I've been doing a little research on Colorado for bouldering, and it is so overwhelming, because of how much there is. The same goes for national parks and forests and the unknown fun times awaiting me.

Hopefully getting some tips and suggestions will help me make good use of gas and time there rather than driving and driving and being disappointed. Thanks!

P.S. Oh and this time of year, where would be some key areas to boulder, where it isn't snow-covered, wet of freezing cold?

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