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West Face of Hurricane Wall 

Hurricane Ridge Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 8,055'
Location: 38.74644, -104.89666 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Brandon Schirm on May 19, 2009
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This has sport climbing, some shade, and some sun depending on the wall.

Getting There 

Drive up Old Stage Road to a parking area with a bulletin board on the right (4.6 miles). Walk up the road about 100 meters and the trail is on your right by a drainage ditch. You will head up the trail 150 meters or so past 3 dirt jumps then at the large dead tree crossing the trail head right up the ridge then down the other side and across a stream. Zigzag northwest up the hillside following the cairns (some are had to see). You will come to a steep drainage, scramble up and you will see the first wall on your right. Yhe approach should take about 20 minutes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.7 miles from here

14 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',10],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Hurricane Ridge

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Hurricane Ridge:
Balloon Boy   5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   West Face of Hurricane Wall
Storm Surge   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   West Face of Hurricane Wall
Mother-in-law from New Orleans   5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   Gully Wall
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Featured Route For Hurricane Ridge
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo of French Quarter.

French Quarter 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b  Colorado : Colorado Springs : ... : Gully Wall
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By Bob Robertson
May 21, 2009
Good job on the direction. Not a easy place to find.
By Dan G0D5H411
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Jun 28, 2009
Fun crag for a day. The rock was good in most places, the climbing fun and it looks like there is potential for steeper/harder climbs in the area. Someone has done a nice job with the faintly visible trail that switchbacks up to the cliff. And the directions are dead on.
By Lauren D. Hollingsworth
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 17, 2009
So what's the roof route to the right of "Storm Surge?"
By T-Bob
Apr 5, 2010
I didn't care too much for the bulk of the routes here. I just didn't find them asthetic at all.

More importantly, the bulk of the anchor bolts need some serious maintenance or flat out replacement. Every route on the west face of the Hurricane Wall had at least one loose and flexing anchor. The worst anchors of the day are on the left most gully route. The stone is fracturing away at the surface around the bolt causing serious flex and potential failure in the near future.

Good luck out there,
By Brandon Schirm
From: colorado springs, co
Apr 19, 2010
The roof route to the right of Storm Surge is 12-ish or so. To my knowledge it has not gone clean, but I could be wrong.
By Unassigned User
May 22, 2011
Yeah, the anchors on the left route are flexing like crazy. They need to be replaced.
By Unassigned User
Aug 24, 2011
The anchors are still flexing pretty bad! I got some stuff going on up there so I can replace them if that's mmkay? Not safe.
By Nathanael Hansen
From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jun 13, 2012
My sons and I had a great time at Hurricane Ridge last Saturday. The directions were great (you pass 4 dirt jumps before you get to the dead tree where you break from the main trail and head up the ridge). Cairns marking the trail were excellent.
We played on the West Hurricane Wall the whole time, working our way down. Thanks for the trailwork and routes! If the hillside at the base of the wall wasn't fairly dangerous, it would be a great kid-friendly place!

West Hurricane Wall - 38°44'47.37"N, 104°53'49.24"W
Hurricane Wall - 38°44'46.86"N, 104°53'48.16"W
Gully Wall - 38°44'47.28"N, 104°53'46.91"W

MyTracks (with only a little wandering)
By Send it Gary
Jul 6, 2012
I counted 450 steps from the cairn I placed next to the trail on the way out to the road. So, I would estimate 300 meters from the road to the 3rd jump and the tree across the trail forming another jump. This is also an area where the ground levels out some with plenty of large boulders.

Most anchor nuts where loose. We will bring a torque wrench and tighten the nuts and orient the cold shuts at the proper angle the next time we visit.

We enjoyed the days climbing of almost all the routes. Botling was very generous.
By Jason Poole
Mar 15, 2015
Spent a great day climbing at Hurricane Ridge again on 3/15/15. All bolts and anchors were tight and in good shape. Snow was deep on approach when you drop down to the creek. Rest of trail was in good shape.
By Lauren Colizza
From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jun 13, 2015
Has anyone been to Hurricane Ridge since the rains this year? Wondering about the conditions on the approach, which I heard is tough. I'm thinking about climbing there tomorrow, so any info would be appreciated. I'll post an update when I get back.
By Lauren Colizza
From: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Jun 14, 2015
Approach is in surprisingly good shape after all the rain this spring. Right anchor hanger appears to be loose on Rita (5.9, Hurricane Wall), it's rotating a 1/4 turn. I couldn't get the actual bolt to rotate with my fingers, but definitely double check it before building a top rope anchor just in case.
By corey wager
Mar 4, 2017
Visited today, the trail seems to be in good condition. Sent the 12 on the west face; however, the bolt above the roof is a tad loose.

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