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Angry Dragon 
Another Way T 
Badger Traverse, The S 
Bait, The T,S 
Dampened Enthusiasm S 
Der Letzte Zug S 
Die Reeperbahn S 
Feeding the Beast S 
Fly Swatter S 
Fly Trap S 
Gagger S 
Gagger With A Bone S 
Give the Dog a Bone S 
Joy Ride S 
Lucky Strikes Again S 
New Fanatic S 
Pri-Moe T,S 
Prong S 
Quintet T 
Red Badger S 
Runaway S 
Twist and Shout S 
Work It On Out S 
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Coney Island Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 7,650'
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Coney Island is often difficult to spot. It stands precipitously above the road, although it poses most hazard to drivers during the approach. All of the climbing departs from huge ledge systems that provide loads of room to maneuver without pitching rocks onto the road. Nonetheless, it is always advisable to be hyper aware of the possibility for rolling rocks into the road. The crag is split into upper and lower tiers, both being composed of arch-typal Boulder granite. The climbing is often well edged, with solid, in-cut flakes. Mostly vertical to a tad beyond vertical, difficulty often results from thin moves and big reaches on bad feet. Smearing with technical footwork are common place.


Below Lower Tier

Angry Dragon, V7

Lower Tier

A. The Bait, 11-, 1p, gear.
B. Twist And Shout, 13, 1p, bolts.
C. Fly Trap, 11+, 1p, 40', bolts.
D. Flies In The Soup, 11, 1p, 40', bolts.
E. Prong, 12+, 1p, 40', bolts.
F. Fly Swatter, 10, 1p, 35', 3 bolts.
G. Work It On Out, 12+, 1p, 25', bolts.
H. Dampened Enthusiasm, 12-, 1p, 30', bolts.
HI. Wet Badger, 12-, 1p, bolts.
I. Red Badger, 11+, 1p, 25', bolts.
IG. Over Enthusiam, 13, 1p, connects I->G, bolts.
IG. The Badger Traverse, 13-, 1p, connects I->G, bolts.

Upper Tier

J. Feeding TheBeast, 12, 1p, 50', bolts.
K. Joy Ride, 12, 1p, bolts.
L. Der Letzte Zug, 12, 1p, 70', bolts.
M. Die Reeperbahn, 13, 1p, bolts.
N. Loading Zone, 10+ R, gear.
O. Psyclone, 11+, 2p, gear.
P. Quintet, 10, 2p, gear.
Q. Give The Dog A Bone, 13-, 1p, bolts.
R. Coney Island Baby, 12- R, 1p, gear.
SQ. Gagger With A Bone, 13, 1p, 90', bolts.
S. Gagger, 13+, 1p, bolts.
above S. Exit, 9, 1p, gear.
T. Fat Cat, 10+, 1p, gear.

U. Another Way, 9 R, 1p, 130', gear.
V. Runaway 8+, 1p, 120', bolts.

East Face
W1. Pri Moe, 10+, 1p, 70', bolts & gear.
W2. Lucky Strikes Again, 9, 1p, 60', bolts.

?. Mongouichi, 10, 2p, 300', gear.

Getting There 

Drive about 9 miles west on Canyon Boulevard. Continue west of the crag proper about 200 yards to a large pull-out on the South side of the canyon. This will drop down to the river on a brief dirt road that offers good parking and is discrete. Hike back downstream to a faint trail (the river is on the right) that heads off uphill on the North side of the canyon. The trail forks shortly with the right hand branch going to the lower cliff. Continue upwards to approach the upper cliff. You travel a distance that seems long, over some easy exposed rock in the trail. The routes begin at a small saddle and continue downhill and to the right for 200 feet or so.

Climbing Season

Weather station 4.4 miles from here

23 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',5],['2 Stars',9],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Coney Island

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Coney Island:
Runaway   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 120'   
The Bait   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Joy Ride   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   
Der Letzte Zug   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Give the Dog a Bone   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch   
Die Reeperbahn   5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
Twist and Shout   5.13c 8a+ 30 X- 31 E7 7a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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Featured Route For Coney Island
Rock Climbing Photo: Jerry Moffatt on Der Letzte Zug.

Der Letzte Zug 5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b  Colorado : Boulder Canyon : Coney Island
The name is German for "The Last Course". This is a decent sport route on the upper tier of Coney Island Crag. It is the line immediately right of Joy Ride, and left of the 13b face/arete. Make tricky moves up to the high first bolt, then move up under the roof and get ready for the crux. The crux is a difficult 3-4 move boulder problem getting past the 2nd bolt. Get a good rest after this then continue on sustained, pumpy 12- to the anchors. For reference, this route is WAY more diff...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Stephan Greenway
Sep 12, 2003
Last Sunday while waiting out the rain my friends and I did a little "route appreciation" up and down Boulder Canyon. We stopped and hiked up to check-out Coney Island. The upper tier looked clean, and there are some routes we were all pretty excited about returning to climb on a better day.

But the lower tier was a pile! I was frankly shocked that someone bolted the crap out of the short, right section. In many places these "routes" would be boulder problems.... In my twenty years of climbing, that has to be the worst pile of shite I've ever seen bolted. I thought the Sport Park and Punk Rock were pathetic, but that really takes the cake!

I just wonder...does every little itty bitty piece of rock need to be turned into an over-bolted playground?
By Peter Beal
From: Boulder Colorado
Sep 13, 2003
I think that this website needs a section for ranting about why anyone would climb at this or that cliff. Granted, Lower Coney Island isn't classic, but it isn't chipped, there are a few good hard routes, and the last time I checked no one was complaining that Boulder had too many of those. Lighten up and save your ranting energy for climbing.
By Stephan Greenway
Sep 13, 2003
Yes, Peter, there are some great routes on the left side of Coney Island. They, however, in no way excuse the over-bolted piles of crap on the right side. It's this sort of irresponsible drilling that gets land managers' attention. Is it too much to ask when we hope that people drilling on public lands show an itty bit of restraint when choosing what to bolt?

I don't need to save my energy to climb...I've got plenty to do both just fine thanks.
By Peter Beal
From: Boulder Colorado
Sep 14, 2003
Concerning the right side, do the routes and then decide.
By Stephan Greenway
Sep 15, 2003
Peter Beal....c'mon, I think I can formulate a fair opinion on the subject of over-bolting and responsibility when putting up routes without climbing every route somebody decides needs to be fired in.

Sorry I'm down on a few routes, but that's just the way I feel. I never said Coney Island was a pile. In fact I look forward to heading out there and getting on some classic looking lines on the upper tier. I just think somebody got carried away a little on the lower section.
By adam brink
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 1, 2004
Has anyone done the 13b on upper Coney Island? Would you mind dishing out the spray on whether or not it is a good line, where the crux is and all that? Thanks!
By Ryan Malaty
From: Broomfield, CO
Mar 12, 2007
Okay, so Mike and I got up to Coney Island, and we climbed Runaway. It is an amazing climb (some runout spots and loose rock), but to the left is a route with a bunch of quickdraws still attached to the bolts, I believe that route is "Gagger."

We set up an anchor at the top of that route, and we had a 60m rope, so we were planning on doing a multi-rep (We had to climb around the crag to get up there. There is no walk off from the top of Runaway). I rappeled down to the TR anchor... these bolts are not fully bolted in and are unsafe to tie into.


P.S. we found an old POS green Alien, funny as hell.

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