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Davis Face Rock Climbing 


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Location: 38.91645, -106.10438 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monomaniac, Monty, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Stephen Nance on Aug 29, 2006  with updates from Ben Sebald
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Secluded, maybe a party on it, and that's bad luck if there is... Classic "Center Route" goes at 5.9, and there are a couple other routes, too! Beautiful face that goes at roughly 500 ft. and 4-6 pitches. 30 min hike in, bomber granite.

Getting There 

Head out of BV towards Bob's Rock on 371 and take the turn east (right) on 375. Follow 375 to 375A as it winds toward the base of the hill at Davis Face. Stop when you see the awesome, big granite wall above you ;)

Per Ralph Swansen: when Rd 375a ends, stay left onto Trail 373. When 373 is approaching the base of the rock, a right turn down a hill will take you to a parking lot that is the closest to the base with an established trail to the rock. There is another parking lot on the right side of 373 a little past the aforementioned turn off with a slightly longer approach. The drive from BV takes a good 30+ minutes to the base of the rock.

Climbing Season



Weather station 6.9 miles from here

7 Total Climbing Routes

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

Classic Climbing Routes in Davis Face

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Davis Face:
Unknown Sport Route Right of Center Route   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   
Carter Classic   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 5 pitches, 500'   
D3    5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Trad, 12 pitches, 700'   
D4   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Sport, 6 pitches, 500'   
What's Up?   5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a     Trad, 3 pitches, 300'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Carter Classic route.

Carter Classic 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a  CO : Buena Vista : Davis Face
Start right in the center of the face, up a prominent crack feature.P1: Climb long 5.6 to bolted belay, stay in dihedral.P2: Crux pitch, traverse right from the belay, take a short steep crack with sometimes fixed pro, then move left to pull the small roof/bulge (5.9). then continue on an easy 5.7+ finger crack to an uncomfortable bolted belay.**It is possible to stagy with the finger crack on the right and continue straight up. THis option is also good, but I did not believe it was as fun as t...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of Davis Face Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Map to Davis Face.
BETA PHOTO: Map to Davis Face.
Rock Climbing Photo: Beta photo of Center Route, Unknown 5.7, & D4.
BETA PHOTO: Beta photo of Center Route, Unknown 5.7, & D4.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Davis Face as the sun sets.
The Davis Face as the sun sets.
Rock Climbing Photo: Nice rack(s) below the Davis Face.
Nice rack(s) below the Davis Face.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sport route approximately 5.9ish, just climber's r...
Sport route approximately 5.9ish, just climber's r...
Rock Climbing Photo: The crux right after the first pitch.
The crux right after the first pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: First belay station.
First belay station.
Rock Climbing Photo: Davis Face from the road
Davis Face from the road
Rock Climbing Photo: Spencer on at the 2nd station on Davis Face, SNOWI...
Spencer on at the 2nd station on Davis Face, SNOWI...

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By Dean Cool
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 18, 2008
To get to the face take 371 to 375 and follow 375 for about 2.7 miles. Turn right onto 375a. Cross over 4 mile creek and keep left on the road. This road will veer away from the creek. Stay on this road for about 5 miles and always keep left at the forks in the road. The road will pass right in front of the face. Park where you wish and hike up about 20-30 minutes to the base of Davis face. I do not believe there is an established trail so wear good shoes. 375 is a dirt road with a lot ups and downs. A 4WD vehicle is not necessary if the weather is good but you may want a high clearance vehicle for the drive.
By SAL
From: broomdigiddy
Jan 9, 2009
We put up two routes on this face back in 2001 as well. Not as clean as this listed route but worth doing if you need somthing else to do.

One route started down and right of the standard route under a big capped roof that can be climbed and escaped left. The line pretty much tells you where to go from there.

The line on the left was a bit more obscure, so I won't give directions on that :)

Fun face to get out, away and up.
By Jason Halladay
Administrator
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jul 5, 2009
In case you're driving in at night, the last road you turn left on before reaching the parking for Davis Face is marked as 373A. If driving in during the day you can see the face so this is not an issue.
By Mike Soucy
From: Longmont, CO
Jul 13, 2009
Another route on the face starts just left of the Carter Classic and goes at .10a.
Look for a bolt 30' up or so on the slab. Follow .9 friction past bolts, supplemented with small cams to a bolted belay just left of CC.
P2 goes up and right from belay over a small roof, then following cracks to another bolted belay, .9+.
P3 trends up and right again clipping bolts along an overlap with a couple of .10a moves. An excellent pitch. Follow this to where it intersects w/ CC and finish or rap.
This is an old route that had its bolts upgraded in 2007. FA, name or original rating unknown.
Carry single set stoppers, sm/med cams, along with draws.
Several more new, high quality mixed gear routes are currently being rediscovered/developed on this wall by Ark Valley folks. Stay tuned.
By Lee Jenkins
From: Buena Vista, Colorado
Jul 15, 2009
Mike,

Why don't you go ahead and add the route left of CC to the route database? Just call it "unknown to the left of CC" or something like that.

Look forward to seeing more lines added to this great face!
By chad beckelhymer
From: Buena Vista
May 8, 2014
I don't know where there lines are at, but my dad said he put up a .10 and an .11 or maybe hard .10 in the early/mid-'90s. I can try to ask and see where they are located on the wall. It could be the .10a you are talking about for one of them, 'cause he said he put in some belay anchors....
By Ralph Swansen
From: Denver CO
Oct 4, 2015
The directions leave out that when Rd 375a ends, stay left onto Trail 373. When 373 is approaching the base of the rock, a right turn down a hill will take you to a parking lot that is the closest to the base with an established trail to the rock. There is another parking lot on the right side of 373 a little past the aforementioned turn off with a slightly longer approach. The drive from BV takes a good 30+ minutes to the base of the rock.
By Simon Kwok
Jun 4, 2016
It's a long bumpy way in. Hope you have a car with high clearance, since we saw another car parked at the base of the climb with their under guard shield hanging, and we did a bit of damage to our vehicle as well. There's a bump just before the right turn on 273 that has a rock on it, so be careful with that. There's also a big stream puddle right after the turn. We parked just before the turn and the puddle, and it wasn't really that much further.
By Pete Krzanowsky
From: Evergreen, CO
Sep 26, 2016
As of September 24, 2016, the road to the trailhead is fine for a Subaru Outback. It seemed similar to the Turkey Rocks road.

Does anyone know what the bolted route is immediately right of Carter Classic? Hopped on it by accident. Just curious.
By dscottclark
Sep 26, 2016
Tried to drive my VW Passat Wagon in. Google told us to take 376 to 373, which was not passable in my extra long, low clearance, two wheel drive vehicle. My partner and I stopped before Four Mile Creek and rode mountain bikes to the trail, around 4.5 miles. 90% uphill to the trail, but it made for a fun, flowy ride back to the car after the climb.
By Chris G.
From: Lakewood
Sep 26, 2016
(As of September 24, 2016, the road to the trailhead is fine for a Subaru Outback. It seemed similar to the Turkey Rocks road.
Does anyone know what the bolted route is immediately right of Carter Classic? Hopped on it by accident. Just curious.)

- pretty sure it's unknown 5.7, I also just drove my Nissan Rogue out there with zero effort.
By B. Smith
From: Denver, CO
Oct 3, 2016
You NEED 2 60m ropes to rap from the summit. I thought a 70m meant I would have to downclimb the last 10 meters near the ground (5.2). I did not realize that is you rap with one 70m from the summit bolts, you would end 10 meters about the pitch 5 chains on The Carter Classic...I had to build a gear anchor, lower my partner to the chains, and then downclimb the 5.8 back to the anchors. It was not ideal.

If you have just 1 70m rope, you can climb all of the way to the top of pitch 5 on The Carter Classic, which is the end of the good climbing anyway.

Have fun!
By Nicky C
From: Front Range Co
Nov 16, 2016
I am very excited to check out the routes on The Davis Face.
Thank you for the hard work developing this area.

Are these routes, Carter Classic, D3, and D4 sport climbs in their current condition? I have heard conflicting reports if they are purely sport or mixed gear.

This is not a complaint or a suggestion... I love the beauty of the many mixed lines we have in the South Platte, but I want to make sure I don't set up this thing unprepared. Bring a rack?

Any input welcome / Thanks,
Nick