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Lost Highway Area

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L to R R to L Alpha
Avalon World AKA Chong's Biway  S 
Cheech and Choss S 
Choss Boss  T 
Cross Your Mind S 
Heavy Duty AKA Moss Highway  T 
Lost Highway S 
Lost Your Mind TR 
Orgasmatron S 
Sleepwalkin' S 
Sweeping Beauty  S 
Wizard of Moss , The S 

Lost Highway Area Rock Climbing 

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Location: 39.9969, -105.41707 View Map  Incorrect?
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Administrators: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Ron Olsen on Mar 29, 2006  with updates from tbol

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  • Description 

    The Lost Highway area is on the far right side of Sleeping Beauty. It is isolated from the rest of the rock and has a more remote feel.


    A. Heavy Duty AKA Moss Highway , 10, 1p, 120', gear.
    above A. Sweeping Beauty , 12-, 1p, 90', bolts.
    BA. The Wizard of Moss , 10-, 1p, 120', bolts.
    C. Sleepwalkin', 11-, 1p, bolts.
    D. Lost Your Mind, 11-, 1p, TR.
    E. Cross Your Mind, 12-, 1p, 60', bolts.
    F. Orgasmatron, 11, 1p, 90', bolts.
    G. Lost Highway, 10, 3p, 200', bolts.
    HG. Avalon World AKA Chong's Biway , 11, 1p, bolts.
    I. Cheech and Choss, 10+, 1p, bolts.
    above I into P2 of I. 7 R, 1p, gear.
    above I. Choss Boss , 8- R, 1p, 70', gear.

    Getting There 

    Approach: See Mystic Mile for how to get to Ledge 2. Walk right on Ledge 2 past Mystic Mile. Rack up and leave your packs at either the second-to-last large tree (Eight Miles High) or at the last large tree (Arcanum). You will be rappelling down right of Arcanum. Walk further right to where the ledge ends, then scramble about 20 feet to the top of a pillar. The rappel bolts are just right of the pillar on a small ledge. A single-rope rappel brings you to a nice large grassy ledge with trees. You could, if necessary, rap from trees from here to the approach trail. The climbs begin near the right edge of the ledge.


    Per tbol: rapping off the trees to escape is no longer necessary if you have a 70 meter rope. We added an anchor to avoid that, and a 35 meter rap will make it back down to the trail if you stay left at the bottom.

    Climbing Season

    For the Sleeping Beauty area.

    Weather station 4.5 miles from here

    11 Total Climbing Routes

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

    Classic Climbing Routes in Lost Highway Area

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Lost Highway Area:
    Lost Highway   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 3 pitches, 200'   
    Cross Your Mind   5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch, 60'   
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    Sweeping Beauty 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a  Colorado : Boulder Canyon : ... : Lost Highway Area
    In my opinion, this is the best pitch in the area. It is super clean and has engaging movement. Zach and I bolted it with the help of our close friend Evan H. I recently got the redpoint, and it was the culmination of all of our work in the area.From the top of Heavy Duty (named after our friend in BC Canada who loves to clean moss and choss), climb directly up the headwall. Pull a bouldery move to a sharp pocket. From the pocket (ouch!, not comfortized), continue through the roof a...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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    Rock Climbing Photo: Lost Highway in red. Orgasmatron is the white and ...
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    By tbol
    From: Front Range, CO.
    Nov 9, 2015
    Ryan Willard and I added a stainless rap anchor with rings that allows you to rap off of the Lost Highway ledge. Please be aware, YOU NEED A 70m ROPE TO RAP, or two ropes. I may add another anchor later for two shorter raps. If you use a 70 meter rope, tie knots in the end and stay to the climber's left near the bottom. You can just reach the trail this way. A gentle pull worked like butter for me, and the rope came down fine without a hitch.
    By tbol
    From: Front Range, CO.
    Nov 15, 2016
    Since I have been back a a bunch, you can actually do the rap off of the Lost Highway ledge with a 60m rope just fine. We have been working on a bit of trail up to an intermediate ledge so that a 70m rope and potentially less than desirable pull can be avoided.
    By tbol
    From: Front Range, CO.
    Jul 18, 2017
    Please use care to stay on the little trail we made at the bottom of the cliff. We tried to preserve the plant life on this nice ledge. All of the moss we pulled off of the new routes was replanted just below the trail and is currently sprouting! Please respect the area (and all climbing areas for that matter). Be a good steward. Thank you!

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