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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.

Getting There 

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

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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Rock Climbing Photo: The Mitten Slab with the route Illusions labeled. ...

Illusions 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b PG13  Colorado : Rifle : ... : Mitten Slab
Illusions climbs the center of the Mitten Slab, topping out on the true summit of the formation, a summit only accessible by climbing or the wings of a bird.Pitch 1 (5.4): start at the base area of the original Mitten Slab route. Climb up and slightly left on easy terrain to the first bolt that is 15-20 feet up. Continue up on low angle terrain with good patina edges, passing three more bolts. At the fourth bolt, the angle steepens, and you can climb up and left or straight up to a ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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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.

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