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Ed Rock Rock Climbing 

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Submitted By: Ben Schmitt on Oct 13, 2008
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BETA PHOTO: The right side of Ed Rock.


This tiny crags hosts some of the best short, steep, and perfect limestone in Colorado Springs with routes from 5.7 to 5.12d! With a south-facing amphitheatre and all day sun, this crag is perfect year round and can be a nice afternoon workout area for locals.

Most routes are between 15 and 20 feet tall, and a handful of them have been soloed or bouldered. Bring 8 draws and you should be able to do everything there. Try for the crown and send all the routes in a day, where the prize back in the '90s used to be a six pack of beer. Routes are listed from right to left, as encountered on the trail down from the top:

A. Springs View, 10a, 1p.
B. Short Crack, 9, 1p.
C. Chickens at Risk, 7, 1p, 20', bolts.
D. Common Misconception, 11c, 1p.
E. The CHCA, 10d, 1p, bolts.
F. Edolecence, 11a, 1p, 18', bolts.
G. Damage I Have Done, 12c, 1p, bolts.
H. Project, 13+, 1p, 3 bolts.

I wrote the names and ratings on the bottoms of most of the routes....

A few routes on the right side of the wall may be missing hangers due to some pathetic loser stealing them in the mid '90s, I have made an effort to replace almost all of the stolen hangers, but if you want to chip in that would be great! Have fun....

Getting There 

Head in the west entrance to the Garden of the Gods and drive past the Balanced Rock to enter Rampart Range Road on your next left. From here, drive 4.9 miles up the washboarded and rutty road until you get to a sharp right handed turn. There is a ten foot tall, ripped up juniper tree there, as well as a cairn with a blue mirror on the left side of the road, and this is where you should park(not a real parking area, just a small pullout). Follow a climbers trail that starts by hopping over a tree and following the cairns and logs down the hill into a small wooded valley, which trends east and brings you to the top of a hill. Follow the trail east across the hill and head down past more cairns until the rocks begin to turn Verdon Gorge blue and grey. The trail should deposit you at the top of the cliff, overlooking a small valley as well as colorado springs to the east, and Cedar Heights directly south. walk down the left side of the cliff, where you will encounter the first route (Springs View 5.11a).

Climbing Season

For the Colorado Springs area.

Weather station 5.0 miles from here

4 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Ed Rock

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ed Rock:
Chickens at Risk   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, TR, 1 pitch, 20'   
Edolecence   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 18'   
The CHCA   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 23'   
Damage I Have Done   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 14'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: From the anchor bolts at the top, setting up a top...

Chickens at Risk 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Colorado : Colorado Springs : Ed Rock
Start up the crack and over the bulge. End at the anchors at the top on the right hand side above the loose rocks wedged in the crack. The first couple hangers twist a bit making the sharp end seem a bit more intense, but hey... what's climbing without the risk?Also, this is a great warm up problem. You can set up a top rope for "Common Misconception" from the anchors, walk off, or rap down....[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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By Patrick Manitou
From: Atlanta, GAAAAA
Oct 13, 2008
Climbed here five or six years ago, and it was surprisingly fun considering how short the cliff is.

I always thought these routes made great top-rope problems, so it's nice that you're replacing the hangers but people should try this area out even if there are missing hangers.
By loc
From: colorado springs co
Nov 17, 2008
Is this the same place as William's Canyon?
By abc
Nov 17, 2008
No, it is close to but separate.
By Jared LaVacque
From: Anchorage/Grand Junction
Dec 23, 2008
Before the hangers were removed, the routes(not enhancement) were put up by Mark VanHorn and Eric Christiansen and Ed. I helped with developing the base(landing area) and trail work. Ian Spencer-Green and myself are responsible for a few or the routes(which we bouldered, on the left side of the wall), but did not name.
By loc
From: colorado springs co
Feb 2, 2009
I finally found the place! Cool place for being right out side of town.
By Kurt Ross
From: Boulder, colorado
Apr 8, 2009
I thought I was on Ed Rock today, but I think I was in William's Canyon. I asked this guy where to go and he happened to be the guy in charge of trails and stuff who directed me to this cool cliff nowhere near where Ben S was telling me, and it had a lot more routes.
By Jake Carroll
From: The Springs
May 16, 2009
After some wandering around, Phil and I finally found this. Some of those 2 finger pockets were absolutely perfect. We felt like the routes were sandbagged a little, as we could not send Chica which was labeled 11a on the crag.
By Phil Lauffen
From: The Bubble
May 16, 2009
No more cairn, mirror, or log to jump over right at the left side of the road. We were looking for those and could not find them.
By Michael West
From: Enterprise, AL
Jun 12, 2009
Hey, I was just curious, is Williams Canyon worth a visit?
By Bohj
From: Manitou Springs, CO
Jul 8, 2009
The rock is pretty sweet here. There's about 7 climbs and a few boulder problems. Unfortunately, Springs View (10a) and Short Crack (5.9+) have been chopped. Anyone know why? Is this due to the vandals in the '90s you spoke of? It'd be nice to have a few more moderates to warm up on. Plus, one day I want to win the alleged six pack for climbing all the climbs in one outing. I'd be happy to pitch in for the hardware if someone will rebolt them.
By Ian Spencer-Green
Jul 9, 2009
William's Canyon is definitely worth checking out. My dad, Stewart Green and I bolted 20+ routes there and they are excellent. It may not be the best limestone on the planet, but it is the closest limestone to the Springs, and there is tons of potential. Just pretend you are climbing in American Fork or Rifle when they were being developed. Routes range from 5.8 to 5.13 and I'll be happy to email anyone interested a topo. Check it out!
By Dan G0D5H411
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jan 24, 2010
I spent about a whole day trying to find exactly where this rock my last attempt I somehow found the trail. On my car, the mileage was more like 5.1 or 5.2 miles up Rampart Range. You will go around a large turn to the right with a 90 degree left turn 50 yards up the road. I parked at the left turn where this is also a pine on the right side of the road that looks like it was pushed over but still living. If you reach a chain fence on the left and the radio tower on the right, you have gone too far! Turn back around and go back 0.3 or 0.4 miles. At the parking area (fits 1 -2 cars), walk back down the road for 50 yards. On the right hand side of the road (left as you were driving up), look south to find a faint trail leaving the road. The trail starts immediately right of a pine that has had a lot of it's middle branches cut off that face the road. 10 yards down the trail you should see a juniper growing around/engulfing the trunk of a pine. 10 more yards and you should see a large dead pine that has fallen on the trail. Once you have found the trail, it is easy cruising from there. It is a nice singletrack climber's trail with cairns every 20 yards. If you are bushwacking, hiking loose trails, hiking old 4-wheel trails or find yourself in Williams Canyon, you are on the wrong trail!
That being said...the rock here is of exceptional quality even though very short. If only Williams was the same!
By willo schubarth
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Feb 2, 2010
Your directions were spot on Dan! I lined the trail with sticks and stones, so it's pretty obvious to spot from the road now....
By Ryan Sanders
From: C Springs
Feb 2, 2010
Dan, thanks for taking an interest in this area; however, I always assumed that the directions were left intentionally bad due to this areas proximity to private property.
By Unassigned User
Dec 10, 2010
I put some hangers on the first two routes. The one on the right I think is Springs View. It's a lot harder than it looks!
By Shea DeGroat
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Dec 28, 2010
Does anyone know if the 13+ proj has an ascent?
By Jeremy Becker
Jun 17, 2016
Tried to get to Ed Rock this morning.... We found the trail but ran into a few people who live in Cedar Heights, and apparently the surrounding land is all private property for CH residents now. The man got very mad and walked us back to the road. Does anyone know if the bolts are even on the rock anymore?
By Byrne
Jun 28, 2017
After looking at the gps coordinates and comparing against the El Paso County assessor's map, this whole area does look like it is on private property (HOA owned).

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