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North Table Mountain Park - West Loop
A perfect beginner ride which combines easy climbs and easy technical sections. Near Golden, Colorado
Eagle Wind
A short lollipop with some technical climbing and fast, rocky descents. Near Lyons, Colorado
Argos to Grubstake Loop
A fun after work ride that includes a leg workout with a fast loop that will keep you on your toes. Near West Pleasant View, Colorado
Apex Park Tour
This technical front range ride is only possible on even numbered days but it's worth the planning! Near West Pleasant View, Colorado
Ape' Ney (Apex to Chimney)
A climb up the Apex system with several challenging tech sections followed by a long and fast, flowing descent. Near Golden, Colorado
Rim Rock
A newer addition to North Table Mountain provides a fast non-technical downhill option. Near Golden, Colorado
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Introduction 

Golden, Colorado is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, only fifteen minutes from the heart of Denver but a world apart. Golden is home of the internationally recognized Colorado School of Mines the Coors Brewery where the factory "short tour" is always welcomed at the end of the day after climbing in the sun drenched walls of North Table Mountain. Also, the American Alpine Club and its amazing climbing library is located on 10th St just E of Washington. It is an splendid resource for climbers!

Clear Creek Canyon and North Table Mountain/Golden Cliffs are definitely the most popular climbing areas. North Table Mt, in particular, is popular as an after work venue with the Denver crew, with its fast and easy access and late afternoon sun.

In addition, there are other less-well-known crags in the general area like Lookout Mt Crag, South Table Mt., the currently closed Ralston Buttes, Golden Gate Canyon SP, among others.

Getting There 

Golden is located West of Denver and is easily reached from the West, East, North and South.

Map of Golden

Resources 

If you are looking for eats, there is an excellent Middle Eastern restaurant, Ali Babba's, located E of CO Hwy 93, just north of US 6 with tasty "sandwiches." There is Woody's Pizza, located on the E side of Washington St, right next to a great climbing shop, Bent Gate. Good selection of beer, tasty margarita, a reasonable salad bar and unlimited pizza for <$9. See if you can beat the record of 32 slices of pizza in a meal. The Table Mt Inn has good, if more upscale, food and drinks. There is also Taj Masala at 17211 S. Golden Rd for subcontinental cuisine.

Coors Brewery does offer a tour with samples. If you are short for time, ask to do the "short tour."

There is a fun kayak park located on the W end of Golden for those choosing cross-training and/or thermal cooling.

Climbing Season



Weather station 2.5 miles from here

1,601 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',54],['3 Stars',417],['2 Stars',783],['1 Star',336],['Bomb',9]
['<=5.6',70],['5.7',95],['5.8',173],['5.9',173],['5.10',309],['5.11',290],['5.12',226],['5.13',87],['>=5.14',41],['',0],['<=V1',22],['V2-3',11],['V4-5',28],['V6-7',23],['V8-9',19],['V10-11',13],['V12-13',4],['>=V14',2]

Classic Climbing Routes in Golden

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Golden:
Black Gold   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 5 pitches, 400'   Clear Creek Canyon : Creek Side
Playin' Hooky   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 2 pitches, 200'   Clear Creek Canyon : Creek Side
Guppy   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Clear Creek Canyon : Creek Side
Made In The Shade   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 125'   Clear Creek Canyon : The Canal Zone
Fish and Chips   5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 115'   Clear Creek Canyon : Creek Side
People's Choice   5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 4 pitches   Clear Creek Canyon : High Wire Crag
Curvaceous   5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of the '90s
Walking With A Ghost   5.11b/c 6c+ 23 VIII- 24 E4 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 55'   Clear Creek Canyon : The Canal Zone
Solid Gold   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Trad, Sport, 5 pitches, 450'   Clear Creek Canyon : Creek Side
Open Space Cowboy   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   Golden Gate Canyon SP : Dude's Throne
Wet Dream   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 105'   Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of the '90s
Peer Review   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 100'   Clear Creek Canyon : The Highlands aka Highlande...
Slammer   5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of Justice
Bone Collector aka Bone Crusher   5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   North Table Mountain/Golden... : The Quarry Wall
The Great Escape   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of Justice
Fission aka Ken T'ank   5.12b/c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   Clear Creek Canyon : The Armory
Ten-Digit Dialing   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Clear Creek Canyon : Wall of the '90s
Sucking My Will to Live   5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Clear Creek Canyon : Primo Wall
Anarchitect   5.12d 7c 28 IX 28 E6 6b     Sport, 1 pitch   Clear Creek Canyon : Anarchy Wall
Sonic Youth   5.13a 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E6 6c     Sport, 1 pitch   Clear Creek Canyon : The New River Wall
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Featured Route For Golden
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Hey Good Lookin' 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a  Colorado : Golden : ... : Wall of the '90s
Hey Good Lookin' may be the best route of its grade in Clear Creek Canyon. The line fires through the left hand side of the roof system on the Wall of the 90s, straight through the obvious hand-jam crack that joins the roof in pale yellow stone. The climbing on Hey Good Lookin' starts on the sprawling ledge system below the main roof. Half a dozen clips and some good slabbin' takes you right up under the roof. Pull around on some 5.11 moves to get established on the left edge of the roof. Haul...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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Rock Climbing Photo: The pot o' gold at the end of a rainbow!
The pot o' gold at the end of a rainbow!
Rock Climbing Photo: GOLDEN!!!!!!
GOLDEN!!!!!!
Rock Climbing Photo: Alan Nelson at the Dog House in Clear Creek Canyon...
Alan Nelson at the Dog House in Clear Creek Canyon...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rainbow and South Table Mountain.
Rainbow and South Table Mountain.
Rock Climbing Photo: watch for quackers ~  Golden, CO.
watch for quackers ~ Golden, CO.
Rock Climbing Photo: Rainbow over Golden when coming back from Boulder.
Rainbow over Golden when coming back from Boulder.
Rock Climbing Photo: Golden.
Golden.
Rock Climbing Photo: Proudly serving Coors since 1873.
Proudly serving Coors since 1873.
Rock Climbing Photo: Indian Paintbrush.
Indian Paintbrush.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bouldering at North Quarry, North Table Mountain, ...
Bouldering at North Quarry, North Table Mountain, ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Early Coors can.
Early Coors can.

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By John McNamee
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From: Littleton, CO
Feb 12, 2008
Here's a link to the pdf preview on Sharpend books site...

sharpendbooks.com/pdfs/CCprevi...

Impressive!

To preorder the book from the publisher:

sharpendbooks.com/prod.php?t=1...
By Fred Knapp
Mar 6, 2008
Clear Creek books are here! They arrived today. They should be in the local mountain shops today or tomorrow. -Fred Knapp, Sharp End Publishing.
By Jimn Seiler
From: North Platte, NE
Mar 7, 2008
Just went and got mine and let me just say that this guide book (IMO) has just set a new standard on how guidebooks should be done. Excellent work to whoever put it together.
By M Lindfors
From: Highlands Ranch
Dec 15, 2008
The new Table Mountain guidebook is out. I think it is as good or better than the Clear Creek guide. The highlighted cliff sections for each page is great for locating climbs accurately. The color pictures are well done and some have 2 views. The Clear Creek guide and this guide are the new standard of excellence.
By Mark Rolofson
Sep 28, 2010
This September 2010, I just wrote and published a new guidebook titled "Golden Rock Climbs" that retails for $20.00. It is a complete guide to North Table Mountain (with the Golden Cliffs & the four newly developed quarry walls) and the sport climbs of Golden Gate State Park near Dude's Fishing Hole. There are over 325 climbs including 125 new routes never documented in any other guide. It has a color cover and 144 pages. There are 46 black & white photos of cliffs & action climbing shots, detailed text, drawings, and maps. I have also included a section on bolts and top anchors. Something I have spend much time replacing at the Golden Cliffs. Look for it at Front Range outdoor shops.
By Anthony Wagner
Sep 4, 2011
I accidently walked off with some person's Clear Creek Canyon Rock Climbs book by Darren Mabe up on the High Wire Crag Saturday September 3rd 2011.... Contact me at 314-541-2251 if it is yours, my apologies!
By Tom Theisen
From: Golden Colorado
Apr 9, 2014
Found a pair of 5.10 shoes at Canal Zone.
By John Cordera
Jun 23, 2015
I left some green La Sportiva Tarantulace shoes... 8 or 9 size? ...at the Canal Zone on 22JUN2015. Email me if you see them! jcordera07@gmail

rei.com/product/830932/la-spor...
By Laralyn Mowers
From: Astoria, NY
Aug 19, 2017
Looking for some camping beta close to CCC and/or South Platte area. I'll be flying out in 2 weeks, renting a car, and totally open to public land (if that's a thing in CO) or minimalist campsites.

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