Mitten Slab Rock Climbing
Abbie following the Mitten Slab.
As you approach Rifle Arch, you will see a 500' tall, dark, varnished slab with a long diagonal roof spanning its width. It is vaguely in the shape of a giant mitten, hence the name.
After branching left of the benches, head to the base of the wall continuing left. You will pass several routes before you are force back down into talus and dirt. Keep an eye out for a faint trail leading back up to the base of the Mitten. There can be a fair amount of poison ivy in this area so use caution.
Climbing Season For the Rifle area.
Weather station 7.9 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in Mitten Slab
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Mitten Slab:
Mitten Slab 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport, 5 pitches, 450'
Illusions 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
PG13 Trad, 7 pitches, 500'
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Mitten Slab 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Colorado
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P.1: (5.4) This route is (presently) the only climb on this wall, so the start should be obvious. Climb an easy slab straight up past several bolts for about 70' to a 2 bolt anchor.P.2: (5.10b) Climb easy but soft and hollow rock up to the roof and the first bolt of this pitch. Pull out the roof on much better rock (9) and angle right on a nice, varnished slab to another steep bulge. Pull this bulge on small holds and climb up to a nice ledge with a 2 bolt anchor, 60', 7 bolts, slings are h...[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado
By George Bracksieck
Oct 20, 2013
Going left from the benches, we encountered bushwhacking, fallen logs, and a lot of up and down, before reaching the first three (now five) bolted routes. When we hiked back to the car, we followed a mellow, occasionally rocky trail, which intersects the Arch trail well below (south of) the benches. When going up the Arch trail, look for a flat pile of cobbles to the right of a 6" x 3' juniper log lying across the entrance to the climbers' trail. These markers could easily disappear.
Just to the left of Ladies First are two new bolted 5.9s. From the chain anchors atop each of the five bolted routes, you can climb up to chain anchor(s) behind a big juniper on a ledge. Above this ledge lie two separate two-pitch bolted extensions (each 5.9). One of these extensions is called Sok Rot in the guidebook.